Oilers take 3-2 first round series lead over the Kings

Darnell Nurse (Connor Mah, Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Oilers had their most complete game of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs to date on Tuesday. At Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, in game five of the Western Conference first round playoff series, the Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 to take a three games to two lead in the best out of seven series.

Four Oilers had multi-point games. They were Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario (two assists), Darnell Nurse of Hamilton, Ontario (two assists), Nick Bjugstad (two goals), and Mattias Ekholm (two assists). The other four Oilers goal scorers were Zach Hyman of Toronto, Ontario, Evander Kane of Vancouver, British Columbia, Brett Kulak of Edmonton, Alberta and Leon Draisaitl. Hyman’s goal came off a shot from Evan Bouchard of Oakville, Ontario that hit Hyman in the face and into the net.

The Oilers were once up in this game by a score of 6-2 at the 4:26 mark of the third period. The four-goal lead was their largest lead of the series.

Game six however will not be played until Saturday. That is because to begin the playoffs, the Kings were sharing crypto.com Arena with the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, which also qualified for the NBA Playoffs.


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