NHL Playoffs: Kings tie vs. Oilers 2-2

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After the Oilers conceded 14 goals in their last two games, the Kings found their way back, knocking out Connor McDavid and his gang 4-0 to level the series 2-2.

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. It was 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 opportunity, but Brendan Lemieux couldn’t put the puck in back netting to increase the priority to three goals.

The Kings later gave Edmonton a power play 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.

In the third half, with less than five minutes to go, Carl Grundstrom dealt a blow to Edmonton by upping the Kings priority to three goals. Grundstrom outperformed defender Darnell Nurse on the outside and was shoved into the net by Nurse. The video playback was necessary to confirm that the goal was good and the goalkeeper was not obstructed.

Grundstrom attempted the same play moments later and collided with Smith again, causing some camaraderie to set the stage for the next play.

Grundstrom drove the final nail into the Oilers coffin into an empty net late in the game.

“We are better than that and we can do more than that. We’re going to digest this game and give our players directions for the next game,” admitted Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft.

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 got up every time to keep Los Angeles ahead.

“He was a very good goaltender in the NHL for so many years. He’s not just going to come back and feel bad. He’ll work hard to have a strong game like he did tonight,” Nurse said of Quick, who was pulled from the game on Friday.

Quick saved 31 pucks for a shutout win. This is Quick’s 10th career shutout win in the playoffs. He is the 14th goaltender in NHL history to reach this milestone.

Quick particularly stood out at the end of the second period when he was down even with a mitten to keep the Kings lead.

In the loss, Smith was able to keep the Oilers in the game and parry 42 of 45 shots he faced.

The series returns to Edmonton for Game 5 on Tuesday.

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