Neal nets career-high four goals as Oilers sink Islanders

James Neal of the Edmonton Oilers scores his hat-trick goal on the power-play at 6:31 of the third period against Semyon Varlamov of the New York Islanders (AFP Photo/BRUCE BENNETT)
James Neal of the Edmonton Oilers scores his hat-trick goal on the power-play at 6:31 of the third period against Semyon Varlamov of the New York Islanders (AFP Photo/BRUCE BENNETT)

Los Angeles (AFP) - 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.

Zack Kassian also scored and Finnish goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves in his season debut for the Oilers, who under new GM Ken Holland are 3-0-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Neal is the first Oiler since Connor McDavid in February 2018 to score four goals in a game.

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The four-goal outburst was the first against the Islanders since Patrik Elias scored four times for the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

Neal now has six goals in three games since being traded to the Oilers for underperforming Milan Lucic in the offseason. The six goals is just one less than Neal scored in 63 games last season with Calgary.

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

Neal won a silver medal with Canada at the 2009 World Championships and guided the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup finals two seasons ago.

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

He completed his hat trick with two power play goals, scoring from both sides of the Islanders' goal.

Neal scored his fourth goal from the front of the left faceoff circle 6:51 into the third.

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