Oilers beat Vegas 5-3, extend season-opening win streak to 5

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The Edmonton Oilers are off to the second-best start in franchise history and don't appear to be slowing down.
Zack Kassian scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period and the Oilers beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-3 on Friday night.

Edmonton stretched its season-opening win streak to five games, tying the 1985-86 and 2019-20 teams. In 1983, the Oilers opened their campaign with seven straight wins.

"The work we've put in so far in training camp and the first four games, leading into a game against Vegas on a back-to-back — which you know their season hasn't gone as much as they've liked so far, they were going to be hungry — it was going to be a real test for our team," Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. "They tested us hard. We bent a little bit, but didn't break."


Hardly, as the Oilers answered after trailing twice, and again when Vegas tied the game early in the third period.

Kassian took advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone and then froze Lehner in the crease before slipping the puck through the goalie's pads to put Edmonton ahead to stay.

"We knew they were going to start hard, and that's exactly what happened," said Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen, who made 36 saves. "They scored a goal early in every period. We couldn't manage that the way we wanted, but we responded well and that's all that matters in the end

Zach Hyman and Leon Draisaitl each scored twice for the Oilers.

Edmonton, which was playing the second of back-to-back games and for the third time…
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