Spooner scores first goal with Oilers in 2-1 win over Vegas

Spooner scores first goal with Oilers in 2-1 win over Vegas
Edmonton Oilers celebrate a goal against the Vegas Golden Knights, as Golden Knights' Colin Miller (6) and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) react during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Spooner scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, lifting the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.

Connor McDavid also scored as the Oilers won their third straight and improved to 4-1-1 under new coach Ken Hitchcock. Mikko Koskinen stopped 31 shots.

William Karlsson scored for the Golden Knights, who snapped a season-high five-game winning streak. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 32 saves.

On the go-ahead goal, Ty Rattie forced a turnover behind the Vegas net and the puck popped in front to Spooner, who put it in at 5:50 of the final period. It was his first goal in eight games since coming to Edmonton in a trade with the New York Rangers.

Vegas was all over Edmonton with an 8-2 edge in shots early, but the Oilers struck first when McDavid sped on a partial breakaway and beat Fleury for his 14th of the season at 6:11 of the first.

The Golden Knights tied it with 7:43 left in the second as Karlsson picked up a rebound in front and tucked it past Koskinen for his fourth goal in his last four games.

NOTES: It was the second of four meetings this season between the two teams, with the Knights taking the first contest 6-3 in Edmonton on Nov. 18. … Claimed on waivers from Carolina on Friday, forward Valentin Zykov was not in the lineup for Edmonton.


Golden Knights: Host Washington in a rematch of June’s Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday night.

Oilers: At Dallas on Monday night.


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