Golden Knights Advance to Next Round with Marchessault’s Hat Trick, Eliminating Oilers from Playoffs
The Vegas Golden Knights took a commanding lead in the series against the Edmonton Oilers, winning three out of the four games in their first-round matchup. They clinched the series and advanced to the next round with a 6-3 win in Game 4, thanks to a hat trick from Jonathan Marchessault.
Marchessault Leads the Charge with Hat Trick
Marchessault, who had only scored one goal in the series until Game 4, came up big for the Golden Knights when they needed him most. His hat trick included two power-play goals and an empty-netter in the final minutes of the game. He also had an assist on one of Max Pacioretty’s goals, ending the night with four points.
The rest of the Golden Knights’ top line also contributed to the win, with Pacioretty scoring twice and Mark Stone adding two assists.
The Oilers Struggle to Keep Up
Despite having two of the top players in the league in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the Oilers struggled to keep up with the Golden Knights in the series. McDavid and Draisaitl combined for just six points in the four games, while the Golden Knights’ top line of Pacioretty, Stone, and Marchessault accounted for 23 points.
The Oilers’ goaltending was also a weak spot in the series, with Mike Smith allowing 12 goals in the final three games after shutting out the Golden Knights in Game 1.
Looking Ahead to the Next Round
The Golden Knights will face the winner of the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues series in the second round of the playoffs. The Avalanche currently lead that series 3-0 and will look to close it out in Game 4.
If the Avalanche do advance, the Golden Knights will have their work cut out for them. Colorado finished the regular season with the most points in the league and boasts some of the top players in the game, including Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.
However, the Golden Knights have shown in this series that they are a force to be reckoned with and will be a tough matchup for any team in the playoffs.
The Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Edmonton Oilers from the playoffs with a 6-3 win in Game 4, thanks to a hat trick from Jonathan Marchessault. Despite having two of the top players in the league in Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the Oilers struggled to keep up with the Golden Knights. The Golden Knights will face the winner of the Avalanche-Blues series in the second round of the playoffs. #SPORT