Islanders drop game to Oilers after James Neal scores 4

James Neal

Hindsight is always 20/20 but it sure seems like history is on the side of the Edmonton Oilers when it comes to picking winners and losers in the Milan Lucic-James Neal trade.

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 natural hat trick with two power-play goals.

The four-goal game was the first against the Islanders since Patrik Elias scored four times for the New Jersey Devils on March 30, 2003.

Neal already has six goals this season after having seven all of last season with the Calgary Flames.

Zack Kassian, Joakim Nygard and Darnell Nurse also scored for the Oilers (2-0).

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Matt Martin got one back for the Islanders. Starting goalie Semyon Varlamov was chased after giving up four goals on 19 shots.

Beauvillier gave the Islanders a short-lived lead by scoring a breakaway short-handed goal with 5:46 left in the first period. The 32-year-old added his fourth goal in the third period.

The Islanders scored first when Anthony Beauvillier beat Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen on a shorthanded breakaway.

Edmonton pushed the lead to 4-1 just 2:15 later as Kassian tipped a pass by Draisaitl past Varlamov for his third of the season, ending Varlamov's night.

Neal then put Edmonton ahead with a power-play goal after the Islanders' Brock Nelson was whistled for a double-minor for high-sticking.

With the Islanders trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes, Beauvillier almost tied it three minutes into the middle period, but his shot was stopped by Koskinen.

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