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Hyman scores in OT as Oilers rally past Kings in Game 4 to even series

The theme for the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings was to keep hitting the rock until it split.

The Oilers finally found the five-on-five to carry their powerful power play Sunday in Los Angeles and beat the Kings 5-4 in overtime.

The best-of-seven, first-round series returns to Edmonton on Tuesday with two wins each.

“We’re bunkered down for a long streak,” Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said.

Edmonton rallied from a three-goal deficit after the opening period.

The five goals and three to tie was a big streak for the Oilers, who led the regular season in goal production.

“We have a belief that if you do things harder and longer than the opposition, you will eventually be rewarded,” Woodcroft said.

Zach Hyman has been among the snake-bitten oils around the Kings net. His first goal this postseason was Sunday’s OT winner.

WATCH |: Hyman gets OT winner in even series.

Zach Hyman wins in overtime as Oilers even series with Kings

Zach Hyman scored midway through the first overtime as the Edmonton Oilers held on for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.

“Playoff hockey, you have a short time to make an impact or you’re not going to play long, right?” Hyman said:

“You don’t score in every hockey game. You just have to keep shooting, keep getting it to the net, keep trying to rebound the ball.

“They’re a good, defensive team. They play tight, they play hard. We had a lot of chances. We have to start burying them.”

Hyman beat Kings goaltender Joonas Korpisalo between the boards at 10:39 of overtime in the third overtime game of the series.

“It’s my first overtime playoff game-winner, so it’s probably the most important goal of my career to date,” Hyman said.

The Kings scored OT power-play goals to take games one and three of the series.

Draisaitl is ‘an absolute beast’

Oilers forward Derek Ryan described teammate Leon Draisaitl as an “absolute beast” earlier Sunday.

Draisaitl continued his monster pace with two goals and an assist in 28 minutes, nine seconds.

The German center took over the NHL playoff scoring lead with five goals and four assists in just four games.

Evan Bouchard had a goal and two assists and Evander Kane tied the score late in the third period for his second of the series.

Two of Edmonton senior Connor McDavid’s three assists were his first pair of assists in the series.

Campbell replaces Skinner

The starting lineup was ejected after the start, when the Kings had three unanswered goals on 11 hits.

Jack Campbell, a four-season king from 2016 to 2020, drew a game to stop 27 of 28 shots in 50 1/2 minutes for the win.

“That’s not putting any blame on Stewart for the way the first period went, but I felt like our team needed a little momentum change,” Woodcroft said.

“The only debate I had was when I was going to do it, which was, are we going to try to get to the end of the period or are we going to do it after the third goal. We decided to wait until we got to it. in [dressing] room.”

Edmonton signed Campbell, 31, last summer as the presumptive starter this season. He was replaced by Skinner in the fall.

“It is not an easy situation. It hasn’t been an easy year for him,” Draisaitl said. “The way he turned out tonight was really, really great and we’re very lucky to have him.”

Fiala returns for the Kings

Gabriel Villardi, Viktor Arvidsson, Anze Kopitar and Matt Roy scored for the Kings.

Kevin Fiala had two assists in his first game since April 1, and Philip Dano also had a pair of assists. Korpisalo made 37 saves in the loss.

Fiala, who was No. 2 in regular-season scoring on the Kings behind Kopitar, had missed eight straight games with a lower-body injury.

“He lifted us up emotionally,” Kings head coach Todd McLellan said. “You could feel it in the locker room. There was some excitement. He gave us a third line that was really dangerous to attack.”

After a nightmare opening period in which they fell behind by three goals, the Oilers came alive in the second with three unanswered goals of their own.

Bouchard’s goal at 4:28 led to a comeback with Draisaitl’s goal at 9:41. He scored a power-play goal with 10 seconds left to tie the game with the Oilers.

Los Angeles regained the lead on Roy’s goal at 4:28, but Kane tied it again at 16:58 of the third.

“We are all connected. Three overtime games. I think it shows both groups how close it can be and probably will be, but I can’t say it will go past seven. [games]”Obviously, neither team wants it to go past seven,” McLellan said.

Los Angeles was without forward Blake Lizotte (lower body) for the second straight game. Matias Janmark is out for Edmonton after he blocked a shot in Game 1.

The Oilers played 11 forwards and seven defensemen in their third playoff game.

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