Hats off! RNH and Leon score 3 each in Edmonton Oilers win

Hats off! RNH and Leon score 3 each in Edmonton Oilers win

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl both scored hat tricks as the Edmonton Oilers rolled past the Los Angeles Kings 8-4 Tuesday night at Rogers Place.

It was the first time two Oilers scored hat tricks in the same game since a 9-4 over the Kings on Dec. 20, 1985. In that game, Jari Kurri had four goals while Paul Coffey had three.

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Alex Iafallo struck first for the Kings 2:10 into the game. The Oilers responded with five straight goals. Nugent-Hopkins scored three of them to record his third-career hat trick. He’s the first Oiler to register three goals in a period since Milan Lucic had three in the third in San Jose on April 6, 2017. Zack Kassian scored his career-high 15th goal and Draisaitl also scored.

Los Angeles defenceman Drew Doughty pounded a slapshot home with the Kings on a two-man advantage in the second period. Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Draisaitl came back with goals 2:57 apart to make it 7-2 Oilers.

Late in the second, the Kings’ Dustin Brown scored on the power play and Carl Grundstrom roofed one during four-on-four play.

Draisaitl one-timed a pass from McDavid past Los Angeles netminder Jack Campbell with 1:31 to go. It was Draisaitl’s first regular-season hat trick. He has 46 goals and 99 points on the season.

McDavid set a new career high, reaching 111 points. He’s the first Oiler to have a 110-point season since Mark Messier reached 129 in 1989-90.

Alex Chiasson’s two assists gave him a career-high 36 points.

Nugent-Hopkins became the first Oiler with a first-period hat trick since Taylor Hall against Vancouver on March 30, 2013.

The Oilers (34-34-8) will host Dallas on Thursday night.

Watch below: Some videos from Global News’ coverage of the Edmonton Oilers’ 2018-19 season.

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