Islanders drop game to Oilers after James Neal scores 4

Tanya Simon
October 12, 2019

"That's obviously nice", Dobson said of the goal, "but it would have been nice to get a few more as a team and try to get the win". "It was a good game by him".

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

Dustin Brown, Trevor Lewis, Anze Kopitar, Michael Amadio and Drew Doughty replied for the Kings (0-1).

Neal is only one goal away from equalling his total of seven snipes netted during a terrible season in Calgary. 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. 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.

Neal scored two goals in the first period, including one on the power play, before completing the hat trick in the second period on the power play. Starting goalie Semyon Varlamov was chased after giving up four goals on 19 shots.

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With the Islanders trailing 5-1 the result was pretty much in the books when Dobson scored his first National Hockey League point. Thomas Greiss came on and stopped seven of the eight shots he faced.

The Oilers tied it up once again midway through the frame on a great play by Tomas Jurko, who set up Nurse for the goal.

The final result was 5-2.

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

For all the promise of James Neal's return to his career scoring norms following his first-ever four-goal game, it was a depth player who perhaps offered more signs of optimism for the Oilers.

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