NHL Playoffs: fourth game in the series between the Kings and the Oilers

Summary Oilers v. kings

This season, Phillip Danault has proven he can be a key offensive weapon for the Kings. The former Canadians contributed to the Kings’ first goal by passing Mike Smith before putting it back for Trevor Moore, who finished in an open net. That’s already a fourth point in as many games for Danault in the playoffs.

Later in the bout, a shot from defenseman Troy Stecher found the back of the net after deflecting Duncan Keith’s stick off the net, giving LA a double lead.

Great pass by Danault for Moore

LA continued their good work early in the second period. The Kings created a good scoring chance, but Brandon Lemieux couldn’t put the puck in back netting to increase the priority to three goals.

The Kings later offered Edmonton a power forward in the middle period. However, Danault managed to escape, but it was Smith who had the upper hand on the Quebecer. Danault then showed all the versatility of his game with a good defensive retreat against Leon Draisaitl.

The Oilers’ frustration began late in the second period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a fight with Mikey Anderson at one point and it was hard to separate the two men.

At times on the nets we thought we were seeing the Jonathan Quick of the good days again. The Oilers had a couple of good scoring chances, but Quick stood up at every opportunity to keep Los Angeles ahead.

Notes before the game

The playoffs had started well for the Kings with a Game 1 win over the Oilers.

However, things took a turn for the worse for LA, who suffered two setbacks going 0-6 and 2-8 in the next two games and lost control of the series.

Aside from being able to count on an attack in great form, things are going like clockwork in front of the Edmonton net. Mike Smith is unstoppable with a 2.02 goal average and a .946 save rate.

The Oilers haven’t won a series since the 2016-17 season when they defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games. A win on Sunday would give them an opportunity to finish with the Kings in front of their supporters on Tuesday.

Quick doesn’t even need a mitten!

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