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NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers

Adrian Kempe's goal in OT gives Kings series lead over Oilers

May 11, 2022, 5:45 AM

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Adrian Kempe scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:12 into overtime, to give the visiting Los Angeles Kings a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 5 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series on Tuesday night.

Kempe, who also had an assist, took control of the puck in the neutral zone and then rushed up the right wing and cut inside a diving Duncan Keith and slid a forehand shot around the right pad of goaltender Mike Smith for the game-winner.

Phillip Danault, Troy Stecher and Andreas Athanasiou also scored goals for Los Angeles, which took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Jonathan Quick made 24 saves. It was the 90th consecutive playoff start for Quick, the eighth-longest streak in NHL history.

Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists and Zack Kassian also scored for Edmonton. Smith finished with 38 saves.

The Kings, coming off a 4-0 victory on Sunday in Los Angeles, picked up where they left off with a dominating first period, outshooting the Oilers, 16-5, including 14-2 over the first 16 minutes. Stecher scored the only goal in the period at the 3:53 mark with a slap shot from the top of the right circle through traffic and inside the far left post for his second goal of the playoffs.

Edmonton tied it, 1-1, early in the second period on Kassian's first goal of the playoffs. McDavid set up the score, circling behind the goal and then backhanding a pass to Kassian standing by the left side of the crease. Kassian then shoveled a shot inside the right post to snap a personal scoreless drought of nearly 83 minutes.

But Los Angeles answered with two goals in the span of four minutes midway through the period to build a 3-1 lead, taking advantage of a pair of Edmonton turnovers in its own end in the process.

Kempe made it 2-1 with his first career playoff goal. Alex Iafallo helped set up the score when he intercepted Keith's clearing pass and fed Anze Kopitar in the slot. Kopitar then passed to Kempe in the right circle where he fired a wrist shot five-hole on Smith.

Dustin Brown set up the next Kings score when he intercepted Brett Kulak's clearing pass and then found Athanasiou on the left doorstep, where he flipped it into the back of the net for his first playoff goal of the season.

Edmonton cut it to 3-2 early in the third period on a power play goal by McDavid, who scooped up a puck in the left circle and then went in and roofed a backhand shot over Quick for his second goal of the playoffs.

When Ryan McLeod was called for a four-minute high-sticking penalty on Matt Roy, the Kings increased their lead to 4-2 with a power play by Danault who redirected a Kempe shot for his third goal of the playoffs.

Edmonton rallied to tie it on a pair of goals by Draisaitl, the first on a shorthanded goal and the second on the power play when he one-timed a crossing pass from McDavid from the bottom of the right circle for his fifth goal of the playoffs with 4:52 remaining in regulation.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings

Unpredictable series resumes as Kings visit Oilers

May 9, 2022, 9:51 PM

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The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers are tied at 2-2 in a best-of-seven first-round clash that can best be described as the Jekyll and Hyde series.

When both teams have won, they've played well. When they've lost, not so much.

The Kings were outscored by an eye-popping 14-2 margin in dropping Games 2 (6-0) and 3 (8-2), but bounced back to blank the Oilers, 4-0, in Game 4 on Sunday night in Los Angeles. They have outscored Edmonton 8-3 in their two victories.

Which teams show up for Game 5 in Edmonton on Tuesday night is anybody's guess.

"No momentum," Kings coach Todd McLellan said when asked if his team had the edge now after tying the series. "It starts again every night. If momentum carried over, we'd have been drilled tonight."

Instead, Los Angeles got an impressive 31-save shutout from Jonathan Quick. Forward Carl Grundstrom had two goals and an assist, and defenseman Troy Stecher and forward Trevor Moore also scored as the Kings jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead.

Quick, making his 89th consecutive postseason start to tie Pekka Rinne for the fourth-longest streak in NHL history, picked up his 10th career playoff shutout, surpassing Mike Richter for the most by an American-born goaltender. It came after he was pulled early in the second period after allowing four goals on 17 shots in the 8-2 loss on Friday.

"We played the game that got us to the playoffs," Quick said. "We got pucks deep, we forechecked, blocked shots, pucks to the net and rebounds. We play that way, we can be successful."

McLellan said he didn't think of making a goaltending switch despite back-to-back poor starts by Quick, who was the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner after leading the Kings to the first of two Stanley Cups over a three-year span.

"There were some questions that I answered about the goaltender decision and it wasn't a hard one for us," McLellan said. "That's not a comment to demean Cal Petersen because he's a hell of a goaltender. But if there was ever a night we needed somebody that's been there and done it, it was tonight."

Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said there was no need for his team to push the panic button after Sunday's loss, especially heading home for Game 5 in what has become a best-of-three series.

"It's one game at a time for us," Woodcroft said. "(Sunday) we dropped a game. It's a missed opportunity and that's what it is. ... We'll do our work, digest the game and give our players something that will be a focal point heading into Game 5."

The Oilers were outshot 46-31 in Game 4.

"It shouldn't change anything for us," forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "We know we're in a battle here. We know that's a good team over there and there's no team that's just going to roll over in this league. Everybody is here for a reason and it's just going to come down to who wants it more."

"The next one's the big one," added defenseman Darnell Nurse. "We're not looking too far ahead. We have to come out and make sure we have the right effort on home ice here."

--Field Level Media

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Dallas Stars

Kings F Dustin Brown retiring after postseason

April 28, 2022, 10:36 PM

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Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown will retire following this season, his 18th with the Kings.

Brown will formally make his announcement during a press conference on Friday.

Brown has played in a franchise-record 1,295 regular-season games entering Thursday night's finale at the Vancouver Canucks. He has scored 712 points -- 325 goals and 387 assists.

The 37-year-old Brown was the captain of two Stanley Cup championship teams (2012, 2014) and has 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) in 85 postseason contests. He scored 14 of his postseason goals during the two Stanley Cup-winning campaigns and tied for most goals (eight) and points (20) during the 2012 postseason.

Brown scored a career-best 33 goals for the Kings during the 2007-08 season. He topped 20 goals on six other occasions.

Brown has 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 63 games this season.

The Kings will meet the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Buffalo Sabres

Kings D Drew Doughty (wrist surgery) out for season

April 12, 2022, 2:37 PM

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Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing wrist surgery.

Doughty, who had the surgery performed on Monday, sustained the injury in the Kings' 3-2 overtime win over the Boston Bruins on March 7. The Kings have lost 10 of their last 16 games (6-7-3) without Doughty in the lineup.

Doughty, 32, averages a team-leading 25:44 of ice time to go along with 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in a career-low 39 games this season.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion and former Norris Trophy recipient, Doughty has totaled 567 points (132 goals, 435 assists) in 1,014 career games with the Kings. He was selected by Los Angeles with the second overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Colorado Avalanche

NHL fines Oilers' Evander Kane, Predators' Colton Sisson

April 8, 2022, 6:24 PM

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NHL Player Safety announced fines Friday for forwards Evander Kane of the Edmonton Oilers and Colton Sissons of the Nashville Predators.

Kane drew a $5,000 fine for kneeing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Sean Durzi at 4:23 of the second period in the Oilers' 3-2 road win Thursday night. It's the maximum allowable fine under the collective bargaining agreement.

Kane, 30, who received a two-minute penalty, has 29 points (16 goals, 13 assists) in 33 games this season.

Sissons was fined $2,500 for spearing Ottawa Senators forward Josh Norris during the closing seconds of the third period during Nashville's 3-2 road win Thursday night. They were battling for the puck when Sissons appeared to hit Norris in the stomach with his stick.

Sissons, 28, did not draw a penalty. He has 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 67 games this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings

Kings place D Drew Doughty, F Dustin Brown on IR

March 13, 2022, 5:47 PM

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The Los Angeles Kings placed defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Dustin Brown on injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the visiting Florida Panthers.

Doughty has missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury and his designation is retroactive to Monday.

Brown left the Kings' 5-0 road loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night with an upper-body injury.

In corresponding moves, Los Angeles recalled forwards Martin Frk and Gabe Vilardi and defenseman Austin Strand from the AHL's Ontario Reign.

Doughty, 32, has 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in 39 games this season. In his 14th season with the Kings, he has 567 points (132 goals, 435 assists) in 1,014 games.

Brown, 37, has 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in 57 games this season. In his 18th season with Los Angeles, he has 709 points (324 goals, 385 assists) in 1,289 games.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers

Sharks acquire G Alex Stalock from Oilers

March 3, 2022, 6:51 PM

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The San Jose Sharks acquired goaltender Alex Stalock from the Edmonton Oilers for future considerations.

Stalock, 34, last appeared in an NHL game with the Minnesota Wild during the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.

He played in five games with the AHL's Bakersfield Condors this season, going 3-1-0 with a 3.81 goals-against average and an .862 save percentage.

The deal was announced Wednesday night, one day after Sharks starting goalie James Reimer sustained a lower-body injury in a 3-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Stalock spent his first five NHL seasons with San Jose, which drafted him in the fourth round in 2005.

He is 61-49-18 with nine shutouts, a 2.61 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 151 career games with the Sharks and Wild.

In September, the Oilers announced that Stalock was expected to miss the 2021-22 season due to a COVID-related heart condition called myocarditis. The Oilers selected Stalock off waivers in March 2021.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Montreal Canadiens

Report: Oilers F Jesse Puljujarvi out 3-4 weeks

February 18, 2022, 7:07 PM

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Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi could be out 3-4 weeks with a lower-body injury, TSN reported Friday.

He was hurt during Thursday night's 7-3 defeat of the Anaheim Ducks, leaving the bench shortly after scoring his 12th goal of the season at 7:26 of the second period.

Puljujarvi, 23, has a career-high 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists) through 46 games this season.

He has 90 points (44 goals, 46 assists) in 240 games with the Oilers since they drafted him fourth overall in 2016.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators

Oilers G Mikko Koskinen exits COVID-19 protocol

February 17, 2022, 12:49 AM

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Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen was removed from the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday.

Koskinen had been in the protocol since Feb. 7, the same day fellow goaltender Mike Smith was activated from injured reserve.

Koskinen, 33, carried most of the goaltending load this season while Smith was sidelined. Koskinen owns a 16-8-2 record with a 3.15 goals-against average and .900 save percentage in 26 appearances (25 starts) this season.

Also on Wednesday, the Oilers loaned goaltender Stuart Skinner to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League.

Skinner, 23, notched his first career NHL shutout on Monday following a 20-save performance in a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks.

He owns a 6-6-0 record with a shutout, 2.62 GAA and .913 save percentage in 13 appearances this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Preseason-Edmonton Oilers at Seattle Kraken

Report: Oilers fire coach Dave Tippett

February 10, 2022, 4:34 PM

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The Edmonton Oilers have fired head coach Dave Tippett and associate head coach Jim Playfair, TSN reported Thursday.

Jay Woodcroft, head coach of Edmonton's American Hockey League affiliate in Bakersfield, and his top assistant Dave Manson are taking over on an interim basis, per the report.

Tippett, 60, was in his third season as Oilers coach and had a 95-62-14 record. However, the Oilers have struggled mightily since a scorching 9-1-0 start to the season. Edmonton is 7-16-0 since Dec. 1.

It's the first time Oilers general manager Ken Holland has fired a coach in midseason.

The Oilers fell to 23-18-3 after a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. They lost the past two games by a combined score of 8-1. The Oilers have lost three of four after posting a four-game winning streak.

Edmonton sits in fifth place in the Pacific Division, five points behind provincial-rival Calgary for the final Western Conference wild-card spot.

Tippett came to Edmonton in 2019 after eight years as the head coach of the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes. He also was head coach of the Dallas Stars for six seasons. He has a career regular-season record of 648-475-134 with 28 ties. His career postseason mark is 34-48.

Tippett took Edmonton to the playoffs his first two seasons.

Woodcroft, 45, previously worked as an assistant with the Oilers under Todd McLellan. He was named the head coach of the Condors in 2018.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs

Oilers activate G Mike Smith, place Mikko Koskinen in COVID protocol

February 8, 2022, 4:07 AM

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The Edmonton Oilers activated goaltender Mike Smith from injured reserve on Monday and placed goalie Mikko Koskinen in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol after announcing that the latter tested positive for the virus.

Smith, who was in the starter's net for Edmonton's first practice after the All-Star break, hasn't played since Jan. 5 because of a partially torn thumb tendon. He spent more than two months on injured reserve earlier in the season with a lower-body injury, then played three games before injuring his thumb.

Smith, who turns 40 on March 22, is 2-2-1 this season with a 3.76 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage.

"We'd like to see him stay healthy, without a question," coach Dave Tippett said. "That's a big factor for it, but he's ready to go. He was ready last week and we decided to give him the break to get through it. He had a good practice (Monday), and he will be ready to go."

Koskinen carried most of the goaltending load this season while Smith was sidelined. He is 16-8-2 with a 3.15 GAA and a .900 save percentage, but he is 4-0-1 in his past five starts.

The Oilers are 23-16-3, fifth in the Pacific Division, as they prepare to resume play after the break with home games against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday and the New York Islanders on Friday.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at San Jose Sharks

Reports: Oilers to sign Evander Kane after NHL investigation

January 27, 2022, 10:53 PM

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Evander Kane, the embattled NHL veteran whose contract with the San Jose Sharks was terminated earlier this month, is set to sign with the Edmonton Oilers, multiple reports said Thursday.

The deal would be for one year and the veteran minimum of $750,000, with a signing bonus and a full no-movement clause, Sportsnet reported.

The signing hinged on the results of an investigation into an alleged breach of COVID-19 protocol that marked the final straw for Kane's tenure in San Jose. That investigation concluded without sufficient evidence to discipline Kane any further, the league announced Thursday evening.

The NHL previously suspended Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake vaccination card and the Sharks assigned him to their American Hockey League affiliate. Then, Kane reportedly traveled from California to his home in Vancouver in December after he tested positive for COVID, in violation of the AHL's protocol.

The Sharks placed him on waivers and terminated his contract once he cleared. The players' association filed a grievance over the move while the NHL conducted a probe into the situation.

An investigation by a New York law firm found there wasn't enough evidence to "conclusively find that Mr. Kane knowingly made misrepresentations regarding his COVID-19 status or test results in connection with his international travel," the league said in a statement Thursday.

Previously, Kane was investigated by the NHL for allegations made by his estranged wife, Anna Kane, which included domestic violence and betting on NHL games. Evander Kane has admitted to a gambling problem but denied those particular accusations, and the NHL did not find evidence to support either claim.

Kane is eligible to play as soon as he signs. The Washington Capitals were also interested in Kane, Sportsnet reported.

A winger, Kane tallied 49 points (22 goals, 27 assists) in 56 games last season. In a 12-year NHL career spent with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise (2009-15), the Buffalo Sabres (2015-18) and San Jose, Kane has scored 264 goals and added 242 assists over 769 games.

He would be joining an Oilers team that features the past two Hart Trophy winners, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, and trying to help an underperforming squad that was in sixth place in the Pacific Division entering Thursday.

"If he's a part of our team it's going to be exciting to have a player like that I would say," Oilers forward Zach Hyman told reporters about the Kane rumors. "He'll be a part of our team if he's a part of our team."

--Field Level Media

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars

NHL fines Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin $5K each

January 19, 2022, 6:42 PM

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The NHL levied $5,000 fines against Montreal's Jonathan Drouin and Phillip Danault of the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, the maximum fine allowed under the CBA.

Danault was fined for a dangerous trip on Tampa Bay's Brayden Point. Drouin incurred his penalty for cross-checking Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars.

Drouin received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the cross-check to Seguin's head/neck area in Tuesday night's game, won by the Habs. Drouin tallied an assist before being ejected. He has 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) on the season.

Danault was fined for his trip in the Kings' loss to the Lightning, also Tuesday night. He has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 38 games this season.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs

Oilers G Mike Smith (thumb) to miss 1-2 weeks

January 13, 2022, 9:04 PM

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Edmonton Oilers veteran goaltender Mike Smith will be out for one to two weeks with a thumb injury.

Coach Dave Tippett said Thursday that an MRI revealed a partially torn tendon.

Smith, 39, is 2-2-1 with a 3.76 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage in his 16th NHL season.

He is 285-256-77 with 42 shutouts, a 2.70 GAA and a .912 save percentage in 648 career games with five teams.

Idle since Jan. 5, the Oilers are scheduled to return to the ice Saturday against the visiting Ottawa Senators.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at New York Rangers

Oilers place 5 players, 6 staff in COVID protocol

January 8, 2022, 8:14 PM

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The Edmonton Oilers placed five players and six members of their support staff in COVID-19 protocol on Saturday.

Among the five players was Kailer Yamamoto, who was ushered from practice on Friday after a rapid test returned a positive result.

Fellow forward Brendan Perlini, defensemen Evan Bouchard and Slatter Koekkoek and goaltender Ilya Konovalov joined six support staff of the traveling party in the protocol.

Captain Connor McDavid, fellow forward Derek Ryan and defenseman Tyson Barrie entered protocol on Wednesday. They are eligible to return on Sunday for the Oilers (18-14-2), who are scheduled to host the Ottawa Senators on Monday.

--Field Level Media