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

Evander Kane, Oilers push Kings to Game 7

May 13, 2022, 5:19 AM

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Evander Kane scored twice in a three-point game as Edmonton Oilers forced a deciding Game 7 in their Western Conference first-round playoff series by beating the host Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Thursday.

With the score tied 2-2, Tyson Barrie scored the game-winning goal with 5:10 remaining in regulation when he jumped into a rush, took a feed from Leon Draisaitl and buried a shot from the high slot for his first goal of the series.

Connor McDavid collected one goal and two assists for the Oilers, and goaltender Mike Smith made 30 saves.

Defenseman Cody Ceci collected a pair of assists, a big contribution for a team that was without top defenseman Darnell Nurse due to the one-game suspension he received for headbutting Phillip Danault in Game 5.

Sean Durzi and Carl Grundstrom scored for the Kings, who received a 33-save performance from goalie Jonathan Quick.

Game 7 will be Saturday in Edmonton.

McDavid opened the scoring 100 seconds into the clash. After completing a give-and-go with Kane at the offensive blue line, McDavid zipped around the net when a scoring chance didn't present himself on the rush and tucked home a wraparound for his third goal of the series.

Kane doubled the lead 1:50 the second period when he deflected in Brett Kulak's point shot.

The Kings were in dire need of life and received it when Durzi's power-play goal put them on the board at 13:59 of the second period. Durzi unloaded a slap shot from the point for his first career playoff goal.

Grundstrom tied the game 29 seconds into the third period. The Kings gained the zone right away, and Grundstrom took a long pass from Matt Roy in the slot and lifted a top-corner wrist shot for his third goal of the series.

After Barrie's go-ahead goal, Kane produced an empty-netter, his seventh goal of the series, rounded out the scoring with one minute left.

--Field Level Media

NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers

Gritty Kings back in L.A. with Oilers' stars on the brink

May 11, 2022, 11:29 PM

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Lacking the massive star power of their opponent, the Los Angeles Kings went into their Western Conference opening-round series with the Edmonton Oilers as decided underdogs.

A resilient approach now has the Kings heading into Thursday's home clash against their Pacific Division rival with the opportunity to advance to the next round.

After Tuesday's 5-4 overtime victory at Edmonton, the Kings have a 3-2 series lead and an opportunity to close out the best-of-seven matchup in their own building.

"We don't want to be that team that just goes to the playoffs, loses in four and goes on vacation. We want to achieve some stuff, do some good things, be proud of ourselves," Kings forward Phillip Danault said. "We believe in ourselves and that we can do some damage. It was good the last two games and we want to be even better next game."

In NHL history, teams that win Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead have an all-time record of 219-58 (.791) in best-of-seven series. Road teams that won Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead have an 82-25 mark (.764).

The odds are now in the Kings' favor, which has been no small feat considering they lost the second and third games of the series by a combined score of 14-2. Los Angeles responded with a 4-0 home win before taking a 4-2 lead midway through the third period of Tuesday's clash. But they watched it disappear before Adrian Kempe scored 72 seconds into overtime.

"We need to get better, not keep doing what we're doing," Kings coach Todd McLellan said. "It's got to go up in some areas. We have to clean some things up. These last two games that we've played won't be good enough in Game 6, so we'll have to find a way to be better."

The Oilers handily finished second in the Pacific Division but are in danger of being upset for a third consecutive playoffs. It's not what was expected from a team led by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

"You never like to lose, but we have seven games for a reason," McDavid said. "We need to win one on the road and bring it back to Edmonton."

A better start is an important place to begin. So far, the Oilers have been outscored by a combined 5-3 count in the first period and been out-shot by an 85-47 margin.

"The answer lies in our room," Draisaitl said of the team's early struggles. "We have to come out a little harder. We have to come out with our skating legs underneath us. We haven't had that the last couple games, not any games really in this series."

Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft will have to ensure his players only focus on winning Game 6 and not stressing about the need to claim two consecutive victories.

"Our mindset heading down to L.A. is we're trying to win one game," Woodcroft said.

"They're going to try to close us out and the pressure is on them as the home team. For us, our job is to find a way to have a good start to the first period and find a way to win one game."

The Oilers knew once the winning goal was scored in Game 5 that they were facing adversity, and their task became even more difficult on Wednesday when top defenseman Darnell Nurse was handed a one-game suspension for head butting Danault in Game 5.

Nurse, who leads Edmonton in ice time with 21:45 per game, has collected one goal and one assist, along with a plus-5 rating.

--Field Level Media

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

Oilers D Darnell Nurse to have hearing over headbutt

May 11, 2022, 3:04 PM

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Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse will have a hearing with the NHL on Wednesday for the headbutt he delivered to Los Angeles Kings forward Phillip Danault in Game 5.

The incident occurred with five seconds remaining in the second period of Tuesday night's game, won by the Kings, 5-4 in overtime. The Kings took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Nurse appeared to ram his helmet into the face of Danault, setting off a scrum. No penalties were called on the play.

Nurse, who logged 26 minutes Tuesday night, is in danger of missing Thursday night's Game 6 in Los Angeles.

Nurse recorded 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) and 54 penalty minutes in 71 games during the regular season.

--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