Oilers advance to the Western Conference Semifinals

Edmonton Oilers (Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Oilers are one of eight teams that will compete in the Western Conference semifinals. On Saturday, the Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 at Crypto.com Arena to win their best out of seven series four games to two.

Klim Kostin led the Oilers with three points, as he had two goals and one assist. Five more Oilers had a multi-point game as Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario had one goal and one assist for two points, Kailer Yamamoto had one goal and one assist for two points, Evan Bouchard of Oakville, Ontario had two assists, Vincent Desharnais of Laval, Quebec had two assists, and Ryan McLeod of Mississauga, Ontario had two assists. The other Oilers goal scorer was Leon Draisaitl.

One solid reason for the Oilers success in game six was their solid play even strength. Four of their goals came not on special teams. While the Oilers had a record breaking power-play during the regular season at 32.4%, and scored nine power-play goals in six games, their even strength play needed high praise. The Oilers also got solid goaltending from Stuart Skinner of Edmonton, Alberta, who made 40 saves. Edmonton will next play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Semifinals.

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