The Day After +6.0: Oilers advance to second round to face Golden Knights after beating Kings

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Cam Lewis
11 months ago
Bring on Vegas.
The Edmonton Oilers beat the L.A. Kings by a score of 5-4 on Saturday night, taking the first-round series between the two clubs in six games.
Goals from Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, a pair of snipes from Klim Kostin, and a late go-ahead goal from Kailer Yamamoto led Edmonton to victory, while Stuart Skinner stopped 40 of the 44 shots that he faced on the way to the win.
The Oilers will get to avoid playing in a winner-take-all Game 7 on Monday and they’ll now get a little bit of rest ahead of their second-round series with the Golden Knights.

What they said…

“I think to discover is superior to being told, so sometimes you have to go through something like this in order to see what you’re made of. I think the first round of the NHL playoffs is a unique experience. I can’t compliment the LA Kings enough because they played a hard series. They’re a very unique team in the way they play the game, but were prepared for it. We altered our game to try and meet this challenge and in the end we’re moving on. So I’m proud of our group.” – Jay Woodcroft on the perparation the Oilers did to beat the Kings. 
“I think a lot of people look at the Oilers and think it’s a two or three-man team. It couldn’t be further from that at all. Up and down the lineup we got contributions. … That’s what playoff hockey is all about, and it’s a good sign for our group.” – Connor McDavid on the team’s depth.
“Honestly, in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs here, and my first time around, I feel like I’ve kind of gone through quite a bit. Losing in overtime, being pulled in a first period, being able to win a game and able to win a series… Breaking a stick and letting an easy goal go in, that’s all part of life and the experience. I’m very grateful for those lessons.” – Stuart Skinner said of his NHL playpff debut. 
“I have some experience in this. I think we had a pretty good team in Nashville, not sure what year it was, but went seven games with Anaheim, went seven games with San Jose and then game seven in San Jose. We were all just so gassed. That’s the reality of it. It is hard, especially the travel part of it too and that would have been the same thing here. It’s still a three-hour flight going back home to Edmonton. So for us to be able to get a couple of days here to regroup and reset. I think it’s huge.” – Mattias Ekholm on the Oilers winning the series in six games. 


Parting notes…

  • Leon Draisaitl was undoubtedly the MVP for the Oilers during their first-round series win over the Kings. He had seven goals and four assists in six games and was on the ice for 10 of the 16 even-strength goals and 19 of the 25 total goals they scored in the series. He now has 25 goals and 70 points over 43 career playoff games, good for second all-time in playoff points per game behind only Wayne Gretzky.
  • Kailer Yamamoto was held off of the scoresheet in the first five games of the series but managed to come through for the Oilers when the team needed it most. He scored the game-winner in the third period of Game 6 and also picked up an assist. Along with the two goals the Oilers got from Klim Kostin, the team’s third and fourth lines provided three of the five goals in the win.
  • Special teams will again be a big story in the second round against the Golden Knights. The Oilers had the best power play of any of the 16 teams playing in the first round, as they scored on nine of their 16 opportunities, good for a 56.2 percent rating. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, had the second-worst penalty kill percentage in their series, as they allowed five power play goals on 12 opportunities.

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