LA Kings defeated by Oilers, series even at 1-1

EDMONTON, AB – MAY 04: Leon Draisaitl #29 of the Edmonton Oilers fights Phillip Danault #24 of the Los Angeles Kings during the second stint in Game Two of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place at 4 May, 2022 in E

Mike Smith bounced back with a perfect 30-save night and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 Wednesday to even their first-round playoff series through two games.

Evander Kane had two goals and an assist, Ryan McLeod had one and Jesse Puljujarvi, Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl also scored. Connor McDavid added two assists.

Smith, who made the fatal mistake in handling the puck that led to Edmonton’s 4-3 loss in Game 1 on Monday, completed his fifth playoff shoutout.

Jonathan Quick stopped 30 of 36 shots for the Kings.

The series moves to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday, and the Kings also host Game 4 on Sunday. Game 5 goes Tuesday in Edmonton.

The Oilers made their second power play goal of the night at 11:55 AM in the third inning after Quinton Byfield was called up to hold. In a snapshot, Kane fired from the faceoff circle for his second goal of the evening.

Edmonton took a 5-0 lead early in the third inning when Puljujarvi got a pass from McDavid over the groove and a shot ripped over Quick’s glove.

Just 21 seconds earlier, Kane put in some capital action as Sean Druzi bobbed a puck into the groove for the Kings net and the Oilers winger tapped the puck in for his first goal of the postseason.

The Oilers took a 3-0 tie in the third period after Evan Bouchard sent a shot from just inside the blue line and McLeod tapped it past Quick 16:05 in the second.

Nurse scored briefly at 6:03 of the second, charged off the ice with McDavid and fired a wrist shot that bounced off Arthur Kaliyev from the king and over Quick’s gauntlet for a 2-0 lead.

After a goalless first goal, Edmonton opened the scoring on the power play after Dustin Brown was called up early in the second for goalkeeper interference. Tyson Barrie cut a sharp pass to Draisaitl in the far faceoff circle and the star sniper shot a one-timer past Quick for his second goal of the playoffs.

The Oilers were 2 for 3 with the man advantage on Wednesday and the Kings went 0 for 4.

NOTES: Los Angeles is 0 to 8 on the power play during the first two games of the series. … Kings F Viktor Arvidsson missed a second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. … F Josh Archibald entered the Edmonton lineup when coach Jay Woodcroft chose to play 12 forwards and six defenders.

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