GDB +6.0 Wrap Up: Clutch goal from Kailer Yamamoto leads Oilers to series win over Kings
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By Cam Lewis6 months ago
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Just like last year, the Oilers came out on top over the L.A. Kings, but this time it only took six games.
The Oilers went down 3-0 in the first period of Game 4 in Los Angeles and completely turned things around from there. They battled back to win 5-4 in overtime to tie the series at 2-2, they came back home and beat the Kings 6-3 to take a 3-2 lead in the series, and then they finished things off with a 5-4 win in Game 6.
The difference for the Oilers in a back-and-forth win in Game 6 was a late goal from Kailer Yamamoto. Phillip Danault had scored a shorthanded goal after an errant play by Stuart Skinner to tie the game earlier in the third period and Yamamoto came through in clutch with his first goal of the series.
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Oilersnation’s player of the game: Kailer Yamamoto
It’s a nice redemption story for Yamamoto that he was the one to come up big for the Oilers in a tight spot. Yamamoto hadn’t recorded a point through the first five games of the series and had been bumped down from his usual spot playing in the team’s top-six forward group.
He had been buzzing during the series but hadn’t been able to bury a goal, so it was nice to see Yamamoto get off the schneid.
It’s also sort of fitting that this game-winning goal from Yamamoto came on the same day as an iconic series-winning goal from an undersized Oilers forward…
Things worth mentioning…
Stuart Skinner had a flub in the third period that led to the Kings tying the game at 4-4. It was an ugly goal to allow, but to Skinner’s credit, he rebounded after and didn’t let it get to him. He slammed the door the rest of the way to get the game to overtime and then the Oilers came out on top. It was good work by Skinner not to get beaten up by that goal.
The bottom-six contributed for the Oilers offensively in this game. Klim Kostin scored in the first period and in the second period to extend two different Edmonton leads and other depth forwards like Warren Foegele and Nick Bjugstad were generating chances in L.A.’s zone.
The power play was again a huge factor in this game. Leon Draisaitl scored with the man advantage in the second period and the Kings answered back with power play goals of their own from Adrian Kempe and Kevin Fiala. The Oilers clamped down in the third period and didn’t give L.A. any chances on the power play.
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