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By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Edmonton
Mike Smith rebounded with a 30-save shutout and the Edmonton Oilers shut out the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Wednesday.
Evander Kane had two goals and an assist while Ryan McLeod had one each and Jesse Puljujarvi, Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl also scored.
Connor McDavid contributed a pair of assists for the Oilers, who tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
Smith, who made the fatal puck-handling error that led to Edmonton’s 4-3 loss in Game 1 on Monday, recorded the fifth playoff shutout of his career.
Jonathan Quick stopped 30 of 36 shots for the Kings.
The series now moves to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday, with the Kings also hosting Game 4 on Sunday. Game 5 is Tuesday in Edmonton.
The Oilers scored their second power-play goal of the night at 11:55 of the third after Quinton Byfield was called for holding.
Kane fired an instant shot from inside the face-off circle for his second goal of the night.
Edmonton took a 5-0 lead at 3:23 of the third period when Puljujarvi recovered a pass into McDavid’s slot and fired a shot over Quick’s glove.
Just 21 seconds earlier, Kane capitalized when Sean Druzi tossed a puck into the slot in front of the Kings net and the Oilers winger tipped him for his first goal of the postseason.
The Oilers took a 3-0 cushion in the third period after Evan Bouchard sent a bomb just inside the blue line and put it past Quick 16:05 into the second.
LA got their third men’s advantage of the night earlier in the period after Kailer Yamamoto was called for slashing, but it was Edmonton who found the back of the net.
McDavid and Nurse raced down the ice and Nurse fired a wrist shot that deflected off Kings’ Arthur Kaliyev and Quick’s glove to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead 6:03 into the game.
After a scoreless first, Edmonton opened the scoring on the power play after Dustin Brown was called for goalie interference early in the second.
Tyson Barrie sliced a clean pass to Draisaitl in the far faceoff circle and the star sniper fired a point shot past Quick for his second goal of the playoffs.
The count was Edmonton’s third power-play goal of the series.
The Oilers were 2 for 3 with the man advantage on Wednesday and the Kings went 0 for 4.
LA controlled much of the action throughout the first, beating the home side 12-6 with five minutes left in the first frame, thanks in large part to a pair of power plays.
Alex Iafallo had the best chance for the Kings at 12:17 into the game with a backhand that ricocheted off the post before Smith pulled it out of the crease.
NOTES: LA is 0 for 8 on the power play in the first two games of the series…Kings winger Viktor Arvidsson missed a second straight game with an undisclosed injury…Winger Josh Archibald slotted into the Edmonton roster as head coach Jay Woodcroft opted to play 12 forwards and six defensemen.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 4, 2022.