Edmonton Oilers thrash Kings 8-2 to take series lead 2-1 – Edmonton

Mike Smith made 44 saves and Evander Kane scored his first playoff hat trick as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 8-2 on Friday night.

The Oilers now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

The Oilers took the lead with two goals in the opening 6:07 of the game.

While playing four-on-four, Connor McDavid fed Leon Draisailt on a two-on-one for Draisaitl’s third in the series. McDavid again played the set-up man on the power play with Zach Hyman tapping in a mouth pass on goal.

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Mike Smith made 19 saves in the first, including an Anze Kopitar denial of the slot on the power play in Los Angeles.

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In the second period, Cody Ceci held a clearance attempt. His shot was stopped by Jonathan Quick, but Kane was on hand to exploit the rebound for a 3-0 lead.

Hyman shot in a wrist to chase Quick out of the crease, after allowing four goals on 17 shots.

Kane beat new goaltender Cal Petersen to give the Oilers three goals in just over three minutes in the second period.

Anze Kopitar got the Kings on the board 16 seconds later, ending Smith’s shutout at 95:21. Phillip Danault added a power-play goal late in the second to cut the Oilers’ lead to 5-2.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gave it twice 1:21 apart in the third. In the final minute, Nugent-Hopkins set up Kane for his hat-trick goal.

Cody Ceci had assists on all three of Kane’s goals.

Game 4 will take place on Sunday (630 CHED, Face-off Show 6 p.m., match at 8 p.m.).

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