Neal's 4 Goals Lead Oilers Over Islanders

Neal's 4 Goals Lead Oilers Over Islanders

The Islanders got the first four shots on goal of the game before the Oilers got their first, 7 1/2 minutes in.

Zack Kassian also scored and Finnish goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves in his season debut for the Oilers, who under new GM Ken Holland are 3-0-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

He had to wait until the third game of the season for his National Hockey League debut, but P.E.I.'s Noah Dobson made the most of the opportunity Tuesday night.

Neal came back with two goals in the final 2:07 off the period.

Just 3:39 after taking the 1-0 lead, Neal forced an Islanders turnover deep in their defensive zone.

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With the Islanders trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes, Beauvillier almost tied it three minutes into the middle period, but his shot was stopped by Koskinen. He has seven assists and eight points this season.

Neal finished off his big night at 6:51 of the third for his sixth of the season to make it 5-1. The teams finish the two-game season series March 13 at Edmonton.

Neal then put Edmonton ahead with a power-play goal after the Islanders' Brock Nelson was whistled for a double-minor for high-sticking. After intercepting a Devon Toews pass along the boards behind the Islanders' net, Neal dished to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who briefly had the puck swiped from him by Beauvillier. McDavid cross-ice to Leon Draisaitl, who appeared to fire a one-time shot from the right side, but ii was aimed just wide left at Neal, who redirected it for the natural hat trick.

The Oilers got a bit of a fluke goal just 53 seconds into the opening period as McDavid muscled his way through the middle and sent a centering pass that deflected off of Los Angeles defenceman Matt Roy and past goalie Jonathan Quick.