The Edmonton Oilers pulled out a crazy win over the Los Angeles Kings back in California a couple of nights ago. This tied the series at two games apiece which meant that a very exciting finish was in store for all hockey fans.
The fact that each team is incredibly potent along with the fact that they have both enjoyed blowing leads in this series makes it incredible hockey to watch. Of all the matchups in round number one, this has been the most entertaining.
In this one, there was no shortage of goals once again. Evander Kane and Leon Draisaitl got things going early in the first period. That quick strike offense got Edmonton up 2-0 in a two-minute span. It was truly remarkable to watch.
Just a couple of minutes later, the Kings scored (Alex Iafallo) to get back within one. Exactly one minute of game clock later, the Oilers got one back thanks to Brett Kulak. There is nothing like four goals in about a six-minute span.
The Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings put on an offensive clinic.
Before the first period ended, Adrian Kempe scored his fourth of the playoffs to get Los Angeles back within one. With the way each team has played in this series, that had to put some pressure on the Oilers’ players.
They handled it well though as Nick Bjugstad scored around midway through the second period to restore the two-goal lead. After that, Zach Hyman scored one by deflecting it in off his face to make it 5-2, and then Nick Bjugstad scored again to make it 6-2.
Quinton Byfield would finally score his first of the series for Los Angeles to get them within three, but it was much too little too late. It is nice to see him score off a great feed by Gabe Vilardi, but it wasn’t good enough.
Following this 6-3 win, the Edmonton Oilers have the Kings on the brink with a 3-2 series lead. They are going to try and win it on the road in Los Angeles on Saturday night which is a decent amount of time to rest.
Once again, Edmonton’s stars came out to play in this one as Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and others all had outstanding games. Even Los Angeles saw a few great moments from their best offensive players, but the Oilers were too much for them.
Now, as mentioned before, the two teams have some time off before the next game, so it will be interesting to see how they prepare for that. It was a crazy game five with lots of goals, but there is still more to be done for each if they want to win.