Neal scores 4 to lead Oilers to 5-2 win over Islanders


The puck felt more like a rock to James Neal, and the net an ocean, as he scored four goals including a natural hat trick in the Oilers 5-2 win against the Islanders to open a four-game road trip.

Neal completed his seventh career hat trick as he tipped in a pass from Draisaitl from the left side for his fifth of the season at 6:31 for a two-goal lead.

In a wonderful and unexpected turn of fate, James Neal has lit it up for the Edmonton Oilers only three games into his time wearing the blue and orange. 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.

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

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

Anthony Beauvillier and Matt Martin scored for the Islanders, who lost two of three on a season-opening, three-game homestand.

With the Islanders trailing 5-1 the result was pretty much in the books when Dobson scored his first National Hockey League point.

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For added context, the 32-year-old scored only seven goals for the Calgary Flames in the 2018-2019 season.

The Kings surged back in front on the power play eight minutes into the third as a Doughty point shot ticked off an Oiler skate and past Smith.

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

The final result was 5-2.

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

The Kings got a gift goal of their own three minutes later as Edmonton goalie Mike Smith got caught wandering and coughed the puck up to Kopitar, who sent it to Brown to deposit into the empty net.