McDavid and Smith lead Oilers to 2-0 win over Kings in Game 7

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Connor McDavid scored a goal and provided an assist as the Edmonton Oilers advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 in Game 7 on Saturday night.

Cody Ceci also scored and Mike Smith made 28 saves for his second playoff loss to the Oilers, who last won Game 7 in 1998 and celebrated their first playoff series win since 2017.

Jonathan Quick made 39 saves for the Kings, who haven’t won a playoff series since they won their second Stanley Cup in 2014 — also the last year they won a series in Game 7.

There was no scoring in a tense opening period, with the Oilers putting in 10 kicks on Quick, while the Kings sent seven on Smith. Quick entered the game with a 4-0 career record in Game 7s.

Edmonton came close to scoring midway through the second half when a puck was heading over the goal line in a scramble, but was saved in time by Kings forward Andreas Athanasiou.

The Oilers finally opened the scoring with 6:45 remaining in the second period when McDavid threw a pass from behind the net to Ceci, who landed a shot over Quick’s shoulder.

Edmonton came close to extending his lead a few times early in the third when Josh Archibald narrowly missed putting a puck into Quick’s legs and Kailer Yamamoto hit a post with most of the net wide open to kick.

The Oilers finally got some insurance with 3:53 left in the third on a great individual shot by McDavid, who drove behind the net before sending his second backhand attempt for his fourth goal and 14th point of the league playoff. McDavid had multi-point efforts in six of the series’ seven games.

The Oilers now advance to face either Calgary or Dallas, who go into Game 7 on Sunday.

Notes: Oilers defender Darnell Nurse returned after serving a one-game suspension in Game 6 for headbutting Phillip Danault in Game 5. … There was some concern after Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Brett Kulak lost their skateboard in the morning, but both managed to play, leaving the Oilers with a healthy roster to choose from. … The Kings were without Viktor Arvidsson (lower body), Drew Doughty (wrist) and Sean Walker (knee). … There were no scoring changes in any of the games in the series, with the team that scored first winning each player.

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