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McDavid’s 2 goals not enough as Oilers fall to Kings in OT, trail series 2-1

Trevor Moore scored in overtime for the Los Angeles Kings in a 3-2 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Friday, leading their first-round playoff series at two games to one.

Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was serving the minor when Gabriel Willardy fed Moore across the net for the latter to scoop a shot over the head of Edmonton goaltender Stewart Skinner at 3:24 of overtime.

The goal was reviewed, leaving both teams hovering near their benches until it was upheld and the Arena erupted again.

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A controversial overtime goal gives the Kings a 2-1 lead over the Oilers

Trevor Moore scored a goal in the first overtime to beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2, but celebrations were cut short while the game was being reviewed to determine whether Kings forward Gabriel Villardi had high-sticked the ball before scoring. .

Alex Iaffalo and Adrian Kempe also scored for the Kings, who are 13-2-2 at home since the NHL All-Star break.

Los Angeles goaltender Joonas Korpisalo had a career-high 38 saves for the third time in a playoff game on Friday.

Oilers captain and NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid’s two goals were his first of the postseason. Skinner stopped 28 shots in the loss.

The Kings won 4-3 in OT, the game-winner also a power-play goal, followed by a 4-2 Oilers win at Rogers Place in Game 2.

Game 4 of the best-of-seven is Sunday in Los Angeles before the series returns to Edmonton for Game 5 on Tuesday.

Forward Matias Janmark was left out of Edmonton’s lineup after taking a leg injury in Game 1, so the Oilers went with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

Blake Lizotte, who dressed for the first two games of the series, was scratched from the Kings’ lineup with a lower-body injury. He was replaced by Jarrett Dolan-Anderson.

Los Angeles was without Kevin Fiala, who was the Kings’ No. 2 prospect behind Anze Kopitar during the regular season. Fiala has yet to play in the series.

A scoreless third period forced the series into overtime for the second time in three games.

Edmonton’s two power play goals on four chances had the Oilers four for eight in the series. The Kings scored twice on five chances and went four for 15 on Friday.

McDavid gave the visitors a 2-1 lead early in the second period, but the Kings countered with a power-play goal at 9:40 to tie the game.

An Oilers offensive zone turnover turned into a two-nil for the Kings’ Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Dano later in the period, but Skinner denied the pair a give-and-go.

Arvidsson drove up the ice and brought out the corner boards for Kempe to turn and put a shot under Skinner’s glove to make it 2-2.

McDavid scored twice on the ice from the same spot just above the hash marks to Korpisalo’s right. He lasered down the bar at 7:42 and hit another shot high on the short side at 8:20.

The Kings scored the first goal of the series for the first time, with Game 1 overtime hero Yafalo scoring with 32 seconds left in the opening period.

When Iafallo tipped in Matt Roy’s long floater just inside the blue line, the puck hit Skinner in the chest and bounced up the ice for Iafallo to sweep in his rebound.

The host Kings didn’t return an early four-on-three in the first period with two of Edmonton’s best defenders in the box. Matias Ekholm cross-checked Kopitar after Darnell Nurse tripped Arvidsson.

Nurse and Arvidson pinched their left skates while flying, causing the latter to flip into the air.

Arvidson was assessed as a minor for throwing the stick. The Swedish winger left the ice in favor of his left leg, but later returned to the ice.

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