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Smith stops all 39 shots he faces as Oilers shut out Golden Knights 4-0

EDMONTON — Mike Smith made 39 saves for his second straight shutout as the Edmonton Oilers won a 4-0 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

The Oilers are now six points ahead of Los Angeles for second place in the Pacific Division and seven points ahead of Vegas.

Evander Kane had one goal and one assist for the Oilers (44-26-6) who are 14-3-2 in their last 19 games. Kris Russell, Cody Ceci and Warren Foegele also scored.

Logan Thompson made 32 saves for the Golden Knights (41-29-5), who have lost three of their last five.

Russell finally broke the scoreless deadlock for Edmonton with 3:24 remaining in the first period. The veteran defenseman snuck in from the point and fired a shot past Thompson for his first goal in 126 games.

It remained a one-goal-in-40-minute game as Edmonton outshot Vegas 26-25.

The Oilers made it 2-0 just 35 seconds into the third period as Ceci used a screen from Jesse Puljujarvi to send a shot from the point past Thompson for his fifth of the season.

Edmonton extended its lead five minutes into the third as Foegele stole a puck from Alec Martinez at the Oilers blue line and carried it to the Vegas net to score his 12th of the campaign.

The Oilers went on a shorthanded goal with 4:27 left in the third as Kane netted his 17th goal after a great individual effort from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins brought him to the net.

The Golden Knights return to the ice on Monday as they host the New Jersey Devils. The Oilers are out until Wednesday, when they begin a two-game trip to Dallas against the Stars.

Notes: Edmonton and Vegas both entered the game having scored 10 shorthanded goals this season…Knights goaltender Robin Lehner returned to Las Vegas on Friday due to a family health issue, with Jiri Patera coming from AHL’s Henderson to save Thompson for the game… Vegas was missing Laurent Brossoit (undisclosed), Nolan Patrick (undisclosed), Nicolas Hague (lower body), Reilly Smith (lower body), Brett Howden (upper body) and William Carrier (upper body)… Edmonton had their full regular lineup available.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 16, 2022.

Shane Jones, The Canadian Press