Yamamoto scores late in Game 6 to lift Oilers over Kings, into 2nd round
Kyler Yamamoto scored late in the third period for the Edmonton Oilers in a 5-4 win over the Kings in Los Angeles to close out their playoff series on Saturday.
Yamamoto scored his first goal of the playoffs at 16:58 of the third period. He curled to the top of the faceoff frame and fired an off-speed shot through traffic into the top corner of the Los Angeles net.
Klim Kostin had two goals and an assist and Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist for the Oilers.
Leon Draisaitl also scored for Edmonton. Defenders Evan Bouchard and Vincent Desharnais each had two assists.
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Stewart Skinner made 40 saves for the win.
The Oilers goaltender was fortunate to break his stick in the third period, leading to a short Kings possession to tie the game.
Kevin Fiala has a goal and 2 assists for Los Angeles. Philip Dano scored soon after, and Sean Durzi and Adrian Kempe also scored for the Kings.
Edmonton led 2-1 and 4-3 at halftime despite being outshot 33-19 over the two periods.
Dano tied the game with a shot at 6:42 of the third.
Skinner appeared to break his stick on a cross-ice pass that resulted in a dunk by Danaul on the stranded goaltender.
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At 10:54 of the second period, Kostin collected his second of the game with a diving layup to make it 4-3.
Fiala pulled the Kings even with a power-play goal at 8:16 when he hit a layup off Skinner’s glove.
Fiala, who missed the first three games of the series with a lower-body injury, has a goal and five assists since returning to the Kings lineup.
Draisaitl, McDavid pace Oilers’ offense
In the second game, both sides exchanged power-play goals. Draisaitl made it 3-1 with his seventh goal of the series at 4:05, but Kempe cut the deficit at 6:36.
Draisaitl one-timed a pass from McDavid to Korpisalo for his 70th career playoff point in 43 games.
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That’s the third-fastest in NHL history behind Wayne Gretzky (29 games) and Mario Lemieux (36), league statisticians said.
Kempe scored his fifth of the series on a wrister into the top corner off a Fiala feed.
The Oilers took a 2-1 lead with 12:12 left on Costin’s goal. The Russian took the puck over the blue line to the high post, where he whipped the puck past Korpisalo’s stick.
Durzi tied Kinger even at 8:13. Fiala skated a shot into the lane and fed Durzi, who took advantage of Skinner’s front drive to beat him with a low shot.
McDavid scored his first goal of the series 85 seconds into the opener.
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Korpisalo made an initial stop on McDavid, but the Kings goaltender lost control of the rebound to allow Edmonton to drive back into the lane.
Bouchard threaded a pass to McDavid to Korpisalo’s right, and the Oilers captain slotted the ball under the Los Angeles goaltender.
The Oilers went the full seven games to beat the Kings in last year’s first round en route to the Western Conference Finals.
Edmonton defeated the eventual Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in the finals.
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