Edmonton Oilers Overcome Slow Start to Secure Victory Against Los Angeles Kings

After a slow start the Edmonton Oilers rally back to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2.

Feb 26, 2024; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers defensemen Vincent Desharnais (73) protects the puck.
Feb 26, 2024; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers defensemen Vincent Desharnais (73) protects the puck. / Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

In a thrilling showdown at Rogers Place, the Edmonton Oilers displayed resilience and determination as they rallied from a slow start to clinch a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The game started with the Oilers struggling early, with the Kings putting early pressure on the Oilers' defense. The combo of a late first-period goal and killing a 5 on 3 caused the momentum to swing to the Oilers.

The Oilers found themselves in a challenging situation in the middle of the game, facing a two-man disadvantage while being down one. However, instead of letting the Kings extend their lead, Edmonton's penalty killers stepped up to the plate, showcasing their defensive prowess and turning the tide of the game in their favour. The successful penalty kill not only swung the momentum in Edmonton's favor but also ignited a surge of energy and confidence among the players and the fans in attendance.

Powered by their penalty kill heroics, the Oilers seized control of the game, unleashing a relentless offensive onslaught on the Kings' goaltender scoring 3 straight to finish the game. Led by Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl all with 2 points. The Oilers bombarded the Kings with a barrage of shots, testing the opposing defense and capitalizing on scoring opportunities.

Despite facing a late push from the Kings in the final frame, the Oilers stood tall defensively, denying any comeback attempts and securing the hard-fought victory. Goalkeeper Stuart Skinner turned in a stellar performance between the pipes, with a 0.950 SV%, making crucial saves to preserve the lead and propel the Oilers to victory.

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With the win last night the Edmonton Oilers have pulled ahead of the Kings in the standings. Prior to the game both teams stood with 68 points and were tied for the third spot in the Pacific Division. Now the Edmonton Oilers are 2 points ahead of the Kings with a  game in hand. The Oilers need to keep up the winning if they have hopes of catching the Golden Knights. The Knights are one point ahead, but the Oilers do have 2 games in hand.