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NHL: The Oilers were hot, but they held on and won Game 2 against the Kings


The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 to tie the series at 1-1.

Leon Dricetel scored a goal and two assists and Stewart Skinner scored the first playoff win of his career. Philippe Danault scored the Kings goal that nearly brought Los Angeles back to a 2-0 lead.

Just like in Game 1, the Oilers strike early. Less than three minutes into the match, Derek Ryan got the crowd excited after defeating Joonas Korpisalo.

The Oilers’ hard power play became its own later in the first period. Connor McDavid delivered a fine strike to Draisaitl who scored a perfect shot. Author of 32 power play goals in the regular season, Draisaitl doubled the Oilers’ lead. Thus MacDavid collected his first point in this series.

The Kings dominated greatly in the middle period of this duel, and found their spark plug in Danault. Quebec worked well near the net to beat Skinner and cut the deficit to one goal.

Is a two-goal lead really the worst thing in hockey? After seeing the Kings come from a two-goal deficit in game one, the Oilers again lost a two-goal lead in that game. In his first match since March 26, Gabriel Velarde tied the game with a beautiful homerun with 46 seconds left in the second half.

Edmonton needed a big start on third down and Clem Kosten responded. Russia stunned Korbesalo with a wrist shot from the left circle to put the Oilers back in front just 140 seconds into the third period.

The Kings knocked on the door several times late in the game, but Skinner refused to back down and the Oilers let their fans go home with a smile.

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The third game of this series takes place on Friday night in Los Angeles.