Published: Sat, October 12, 2019
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Edmonton Oilers' James Neal goes on scoring spree, nets four vs. Islanders

Edmonton Oilers' James Neal goes on scoring spree, nets four vs. Islanders

Less than seven minutes into the third, after making the initial pass to Thomas Jurco at the offensive blue line, Neal one-timed the return pass from a sharp angle, beating Greiss five-hole for his fourth, and the Oilers fifth of the night.

James Neal scored a career-high four goals Tuesday as the visiting Edmonton Oilers cruised to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders in Uniondale, New York.

Neal completed his natural hat trick with two power-play goals. The Oilers scored 2.8 goals per game while allowing opponents to average 3.3 last season. 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.

With the four goals, Neal now has six goals in three games to start the season.

The scoring barrage continued just 2:15 later when McDavid and Draisaitl set up a similar play, this time setting up Zack Kassian for his third of the season, giving the Oil a 4-1 lead, and Varlamov the hook. Connor McDavid had three assists, Leon Draisatl added two and Mikko Koskinen stopped 25 shots.

Neal began and finished the sequence that ended with his first goal.

Neal is the second player to score four goals this season, joining Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha's October 6 performance.

Just 3:39 after taking the 1-0 lead, Neal forced an Islanders turnover deep in their defensive zone.

Lucic was still looking for his first point of the season with the Flames heading into Tuesday's contest against the Los Angeles Kings.

Edmonton went back in front on the power play with six minutes left as Neal's second effort in tight poked it in to make it 6-5.

He gets to play against New Jersey's shaky defense next on Thursday.

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