Oilers even tear Kings into the first round

EDMONTON, Alberta — Mike Smith rebounded with a perfect night of 30 saves and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 on Wednesday to level their first-round playoff streak in two games.

Evander Kane had two goals and an assist, Ryan McLeod had one each and Jesse Puljujarvi, Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl also scored. Connor McDavid added two assists.

Smith, who made the fatal puck-handling mistake that led to Edmonton’s 4-3 Game 1 loss on Monday, completed his fifth playoff shutout.

Jonathan Quick stopped 30 of 36 shots for the Kings.

The series moves to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday, with the Kings also hosting Game 4 on Sunday. Game 5 takes place in Edmonton on Tuesday.

The Oilers plugged their second power play goal of the night into the third at 11:55 a.m. after Quinton Byfield was called off. Kane fired with a snap from the faceoff circle for his second goal of the night.

Mike Smith stops a Quinton Byfield shot for one of his 30 saves in the Oilers' 6-0 win over the Kings.
Mike Smith stops a Quinton Byfield shot for one of his 30 saves in the Oilers’ 6-0 win over the Kings.

Edmonton took a 5-0 lead early in the third game when Puljujarvi collected a pass from McDavid via the slot and ripped a shot over Quick’s glove.

Just 21 seconds earlier, Kane had capitalized when Sean Druzi threw a puck into the slot in front of the Kings net and the Oilers winger tapped it for his first goal of the postseason.

The Oilers went into the third half with a 3-0 lead after Evan Bouchard sent a shot from just inside the blue line and McLeod tipped it 16:05 past Quick into the second.

Nurse scored shorthanded after 6:03 of the second goal, charged across the ice with McDavid and fired a wrist shot that was deflected by the Kings’ Arthur Kaliyev and over Quick’s glove for a 2-0 lead.

After a scoreless first goal, Edmonton opened the scoring on the power play after Dustin Brown was called out early in the second game for goaltender interference. Tyson Barrie delivered a crisp pass to Draisaitl in the far faceoff circle, and the star sniper blasted a one-timer past Quick to score his second goal of the playoffs.

The Oilers were 2-3 man advantage Wednesday and the Kings were 0-4. Oilers even tear Kings into the first round


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