Oilers show fatigue as road trip ends with loss to Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS — The Edmonton Oilers could have won this game in the opening 15 minutes. Should have, really, because they didn’t have 60 minutes of chasing down the Vegas Golden Knights in them Wednesday night.

Injury-riddled and on the back end of back-to-back road games, Edmonton stayed in this game against a red-hot Vegas club as long as one could expect before ol’ Bessy just couldn’t keep chuggin’ along anymore. In the end, they lost 3-0 on a night where the other guys had better goaltending and — on the rare occasion this season — better special teams as well.

“We needed a powerplay goal,” lamented Leon Draisaitl. “We had enough chances to score, especially the first two powerplays. Just couldn’t get one over the line.”

Draisaitl had copious chances to notch his 100th point of the season but just could not scratch the itch.

“Other than the second period I thought we played a solid game. We created chances. But nights like that, they happen,” he shrugged. “We’ve probably won a lot of games this year where we created a lot less than tonight.”

In the opening 15 minutes, Draisaitl did everything but finish. He later rang one off the post with the score 1-0, early in the third.

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