Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Oilers In 60: The Real Deal James Neal Steals The Show

Oilers In 60: The Real Deal James Neal Steals The Show

James Neal is looking quite comfortable in blue and orange. In the third, he added one more, which brought his tally to six through just three games this season - a new Oilers franchise record. After being acquired in exchange for Milan Lucic, Neal's arrival in Edmonton sparked worries that he was no longer a reliable 20+ goal-scorer, but Neal appears rejuvenated playing in a new system under head coach Dave Tippett.

"You can't give up six goals and expect to win the game, that's not going to happen very often", Kopitar said.

The Oilers are 3-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

The Islanders would strike first, as Anthony Beauvillier scored his second of the season 14:14 into the first period. Starting goalie Semyon Varlamov was chased after giving up four goals on 19 shots.

But not even Thomas Greiss could help NY stop the "real deal" in this one.

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Beauvillier got the Islanders on the scoreboard first with a short-handed goal late in the opening period.

Neal came back with two goals in the final 2:07 off the period. Brock Nelson thought he'd pulled the Islanders to within two with just over three minutes left, but it was ruled that he had kicked the puck into the net.

McDavid now shares the lead in points with Mika Zibanejad of the New York Rangers with eight, while his 6 assists ties him with linemate Leon Draisaitl and Matt Duchene of the Nashville Predators for the lead in that category. Neal, standing to the right side of the net in front of the goal line, got a pass from McDavid and quickly put it past Varlamov for his fourth of the season with 30.3 seconds to go in the first.

Neal now has 16 goals and 26 points in 26 career games against the Islanders.

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