Tonight the Edmonton Oilers were able to hold on and defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 tonight. It was a nervous third period for all Oilers fans until Evander Kane put in that empty net goal.
After being up 2-0 again early in the game, but once again allowed the LA Kings to get back in this game. The Kings capitalized once again on a couple of mistakes made by the Edmonton Oilers. In game one the main issue for the Oilers was taking penalties. They had that issue again tonight.
The main difference in this game is that they were able to kill them all, which proved very important. The Edmonton Oilers played virtually the same game as on Monday the main difference is they scored on the empty net instead of getting scored on.
Goalies Played Excellent This Game
If these goalies would have played just an average game the score would have been much higher than it was tonight. Korpisalo made 33 saves on 36 shots and Skinner made 23 saves on 25 shots.
Both of the goalies had a save percentage above 0.917%. That number doesn’t do justice to the quality of some of the saves they made. This includes a bunch of saves by Skinner in the third period when the Los Angeles Kings were trying to tie it up.
Edmonton Oilers Depth Came Through
As much as Holland’s best trade was bringing in Ekholm, if you ask any Edmonton Oilers fan right now they would say the Samorukov for Kostin trade was Holland’s most important trade. The biggest difference between this year’s teams to past years is the Oilers depth.
With both Derke Ryan and Klim Kostin getting on the scoreboard tonight the depth won this game for the Oilers. This is where the difference between these two teams is. As offensively gifted as McDavid and Draisaitl are Kopitar and Danault are just as gifted defensively. This is why McLellan tries his best to line match.
Off To Los Angeles
This series will now shift to LA. So far this series is playing out the same as last season’s series with the Kings. I only hope now that the OIlers have won a game that they know they can hold a lead. It would be nice to see the Oilers go from a 2 goal lead to a 3 goal lead.
The Kings aren’t going to go down without a fight, so the Oilers need to keep pushing. This series is also far from over. Just cause the Oilers won one game, doesn’t mean the series is theirs. They need to keep pushing.