Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-0 Game 7 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Cody Ceci also scored and Mike Smith made 28 saves for his second playoff shutout for the Oilers, who last won a Game 7 in 1998 and celebrated their first playoff series win since 2017.
Jonathan Quick made 39 saves in a losing attempt to the Kings, who have not won a playoff series since winning their second Stanley Cup in 2014, also the last year they won a series in a Game 7.
Edmonton came close to scoring midway through the second half when a puck scrambled over the goal line, but was fished to safety just in time by Kings forward Andreas Athanasiou.
The Oilers finally broke the deadlock with 6:45 to go in the second period when McDavid gave a pass from behind the net to a pinching Ceci, who fired a shot over Quick’s shoulder.
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Edmonton came close to extending its lead several times early in the third inning when Josh Archibald narrowly missed a puck through Quick’s legs and Kailer Yamamoto hit a post with most of an open net to hit. shoot.
The Oilers finally got some assurance with 3:53 to go in the third after a stellar individual effort from McDavid, who drove behind the net before sending in his second backhand attempt for his fourth goal and the leading 14th playoff point in the game. League. McDavid had multiple points efforts in six of the seven games in the series.
The Oilers now go on to play against the winner of the Calgary Flames/Dallas Stars series – which will be decided in a Game 7 of their own on Sunday.