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The Buzzer: Neal, Marchand, others dominate on Tuesday

Three Stars 1. James Neal, Edmonton Oilers Neal might have already laid claim to the top star of Tuesday early in Edmonton’s win against the Islanders, as he completed a natural hat trick by the opening minutes of the second period. By adding a fourth goal in the third, he made it a consensus. As you can note in this post, Neal now has six goals in just three games with the Oilers, one behind his full-season total with Calgary last season. The true Neal is somewhere between this red-hot start and last season’s frigid flop. This is a guy who can sometimes drift through games (or fly off the handle in rage, particularly during his Penguins days) and then score big goals. He was a regular sniper before last season, even though he see ...
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