- Mike Smith’s 30-save shutout helped the Edmonton Oilers blank the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday.
- At 11:55 of the third period, the Oilers scored their second power-play goal of the night after Quinton Byfield was called for holding.
- After Dustin Brown was called for goaltender interference early in the second period, Edmonton scored on the power play, ending a scoreless first period.
The Edmonton Oilers blanked the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday, thanks to Mike Smith’s 30-save shutout.
Evander Kane had 2 goals and also an assist, Ryan McLeod had one goal and an assist, and Jesse Puljujarvi, Darnell Nurse, as well as Leon Draisaitl also scored.
The Oilers evened the best series at 1-1 with a pair of assists from Connor McDavid.
Smith earned his fifth career playoff shutout after making the fatal puck-handling error that point led to Edmonton’s 4-3 loss in Game 1 on Monday.
For the Kings, Jonathan Quick made 30-of-36 saves.
The series now moves to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday, with Game 4 on Sunday hosted by the Kings. The fifth and final game will be held in Edmonton on Tuesday.
After Quinton Byfield was called for holding, the Oilers scored their second power-play goal of the night at 11:55 of the third period.
Kane scored his second-game goal with a snapshot from inside the faceoff circle.
Puljujarvi collected a pass throughout the slot from McDavid as well as ripped a shot over Quick’s glove 3:23 into the third period, giving Edmonton a 5-0 lead.
Kane scored his first post-season goal just 21 seconds earlier when Sean Druzi bobbled a puck in the space at the front of the Kings’ net, and also, the Oilers winger tipped it in.
After Evan Bouchard sent out a bomb sailing just inside the blue line and tipped it past Quick 16:05 into the second period, the Oilers took a 3-0 lead into the third period.
After Kailer Yamamoto was called for slashing earlier in the period, L.A. got their third man advantage of the night, but Edmonton scored.
McDavid and also Nurse charged down the ice, and Nurse’s wrist shot deflected off Arthur Kaliyev and above Quick’s glove to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead at 6:03 of the second period.
Edmonton scored on the power play after Dustin Brown was called for goaltender interference early in the 2nd period, just after a scoreless first period.
Draisaitl blasted a one-timer past Quick for his second goal of the playoffs after Tyson Barrie sliced a crisp pass to him in the far faceoff circle.
Edmonton now has three power-play goals in the series.
On Wednesday, the Oilers went 2 for 3 with the man advantage, while the Kings went 0 for 4.
The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the first period, outshooting the home team 12-6 with five minutes remaining, largely appreciating a pair of power plays.
With a backhander that bounced off the post before Smith kicked it out of the crease, Alex Iafallo had the best opportunity for the Kings 12:17 into the game.
Source: CTV News
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