LOS ANGELES — The Edmonton Oilers came from behind twice to win Game 4, 5-4, in overtime Sunday night against the Los Angeles Kings.
Zach Hyman was a hero for the Oilers, as he beat Joonas Korpisalo into the lead at 10:39 of the first overtime period.
Evan Bouchard sent a great pass to Heyman, who shone on the offensive blue line, and the latter scored his first goal of the playoffs.
This was the third time in four duels that this encounter required us to play after the set time. The series is now tied 2-2 before moving to Rogers Place on Tuesday night.
Evander Kane saved the day for Alberta by leveling his team with the Kings with only 3:02 to go in the third period.
With about ten minutes to go, defenseman Matt Roy picked a perfect moment to score the first goal of his career in the playoffs, in his eleventh game, to give the Kings a 4-3 lead.
“Three games into overtime, and the other game was coming to an end as well. This series is amazing. He plays with emotion, the two clubs have good numerical advantages. No one expected this to be an easy series. Hyman summed up, “Right now it’s the best showdown of three. “.
Disaster XXI for Edmonton
The first two encounters were diametrically opposite: the Kings’ excellent first period, punctuated by goals from Gabriel Vilardi, Victor Arvidsson and Anzi Kopitar, first sent the full message across.
Completely idle for the first 20 minutes, the Oilers activated the machine midway through the period, and scored twice in the first period of commitment, goals by Bouchard and Leon Draistel.
“Obviously we had a very bad time starting. But we had a very good discussion at the break and came back on the ice with a knife between our teeth,” Draistel summed up.
The Oilers’ No. 29 also cooled the Kings fans in a big way by hitting the target on the massive offense at 19:49 to bring the teams even, 3 to 3.
The German already has five goals to his name at the start of the post-season calendar. He is the leading scorer to date with nine points.
Remarkably, Draisaitl was on the ice for all 14 of Edmonton’s goals in four matches.
Thus, the arrival of Jack Campbell to replace Stuart Skinner at the start of the second half would be a win-win decision for coach Guy Woodcroft.
Campbell, who has served only as an assistant so far in the series, stopped 27 of 28 shots in 50 and a half minutes of rest.
Striker Kevin Fiala returned to action after nine away matches, including the first three matches of this series from the first round. He had two assists in the loss.
On Friday, the Kings added a second victory by winning early in the first period of overtime on a goal by Trevor Moore on a power play.
Los Angeles had made up a deficit in each of the first three meetings, including twice to finally claim victory. In the first game, Alex Yavalo saved his club in overtime.
“We’ve done a lot of good things since the beginning of this series,” Woodcroft had encouraged himself in the morning. “We want to continue building on that night.”
In 2022, also in the first round of the playoffs, the Oilers and Kings had one of their toughest battles, with Edmonton finally having the upper hand in seven games.
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