EDMONTON– Connor McDavid scored a goal and an assist for the Edmonton Oilers, who eliminated the Los Angeles Kings with a 2-0 victory in Game 7 of the Western Conference’s first round at Rogers Place on Saturday.
The Oilers advance to face the Calgary Flames or Dallas Stars, who play Game 7 in Calgary on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, TVAS, BSSW).
mike smith made 29 saves for Edmonton, the second seed in the Pacific Division. Quick Jonathan made 39 saves for Los Angeles, the No. 3 seed in the Pacific.
“It feels good to do it that way,” McDavid said. “There’s always a lot of talk about the defensive side of the game, so for our group to step into a big moment and play like that in a 2-0 win with ‘Smitty’ playing really well and everyone’s contributions, it feels good.”
Video: [email protected], GM7: McDavid stays with the puck, backhand
The Oilers lost 3-2 in the best-of-7 series and won 4-2 in Game 6 in Los Angeles on Thursday to force Game 7.
“Right now it’s very frustrating, obviously,” the Kings captain said. Anze Kopitar mentioned. “It’s been a hard-fought series, and we’ve given it our all and we should be proud of that. There’s definitely an element of growth within the group throughout the season and throughout the season. [Stanley Cup] Playoffs. It didn’t work out for us today and it’s extremely frustrating because we came here thinking we could do it, and we didn’t.”
Cody Ceci gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 1:15 of the second period. He caught a pass from McDavid in the right face-off circle and fired it over Quick’s shoulder. The goal was Ceci’s first of the playoffs.
“I had a lot of chances playing with these guys and I find myself having more chances and more opportunities to participate offensively,” Ceci said. “I just try to play as confidently as possible and help as much as possible. We just try to run here.”
Video: [email protected], Gm7: McDavid, Ceci connect to open 2nd
The Oilers outshot the Kings 24-11 in the second period.
“Sometimes that’s what the other team does, and they played a [heck] one game,” Kings coach Todd McLellan said. “They’re figuring things out there and I think we had a great first half. In the second half, we couldn’t connect from one player to another to get things done. We were almost going to connect, or we couldn’t make the second game, and it countered and came back into our side. »
Quick stop Josh Archibald on a breakaway at 1:02 of the third period to keep the game one goal away. Kailer Yamamoto nearly gave the Oilers a two-goal lead, but hit the post at 4:46.
“I think they played a little better, they had more energy and more experience,” the Kings forward said. Philippe Danault mentioned. “They played better as a team in the last two games. We didn’t play badly, but they played a bit better. They had a bit more power and they were a bit more ready, but we will learn a lot. ” and use it next year.”
McDavid made it 2-0 at 16:07 on a delayed penalty when he collected his own rebound from a wrap attempt and scored on a backhand.
Smith made 11 saves in the third period for his second shutout of the series and his sixth in the NHL playoffs.
“I think for our team, this streak has pushed us in a certain way that has made us grow,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said. “We’ve learned a lot about ourselves over the past two weeks and the price to pay to be successful at this time of year. I’m proud of our group and can’t wait to get to round 2, whatever let him be. against.”
Video: [email protected], GM 7: Smith makes 29 saves in Game 7
REMARKS: Edmonton Defender Nurse Darnell returned to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for headbutting Danault in Game 5. He was plus-2 with three shots on goal, four blocked shots and two hits in 20:34. … McDavid led the NHL in scoring in the first round with 14 points, the third most first-round points in NHL history behind Mario Lemieux (17, 1992) and Wayne Gretzky (15, 1987) . McDavid is the fourth player in Oilers history with at least 10 assists in a playoff series. Gretzky did it four times and Paul Coffey and Mark Messier each did it once. … Smith is the second goaltender in Oilers history with a shutout in Game 7 (Curtis Joseph, 1998 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Colorado Avalanche). …kings ahead Dustin Brown played his last game in the NHL. The 37-year-old announced before the playoffs that he would be retiring. … The Oilers hadn’t staged a Game 7 since beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 in the 1990 Campbell Conference Semifinals. They won the Stanley Cup that season.