- McDavid nets add help to hand Edmonton’s 1st playoff series victory since 2017.
- Connor McDavid celebrates his third-period goal during a 2-0 match seven victory over the Los Angeles Kings in first-round Stanley Cup playoff action on Saturday in Edmonton.
Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers moved through to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-0 Match 7 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Cody Ceci also netted, and Mike Smith made 28 blocks for his second shutout of the playoffs for the Oilers, who last triumphed a Game 7 in1998 and celebrated their first playoff series victory since 2017.
Jonathan Quick made 39 blocks in a losing action for the Kings, who have not won a playoff series since they prevailed in their second Stanley Cup in 2014. Also, the previous year, they won a string in a Game 7.
There was no scoring in a tight opening period, with the Oilers placing ten attempts on Jonathan Quick while the Kings sent seven on Edmonton starter Mike Smith.
Quick arrived into the match with a 4-0 career record in Game 7s.
Edmonton came near to netting midway through the second when a puck was heading over the goal line in a scramble but was fished to safety only in time by Kings striker Andreas Athanasiou.
The Oilers eventually shattered the draw with 6:45 remaining in the second period. McDavid fed a pass from behind the net to a pinching Ceci, who rifled an attempt over Quick’s shoulder.
Edmonton came near extending its lead a couple of times before in the third as Josh Archibald barely missed putting a puck through Quick’s legs, and Kailer Yamamoto hit a bar with most of an open net to strike at.
Source – cbc.ca