If a picture is worth a thousand words, Evander Kane with seven fingers in the air after scoring an empty goal said a lot about the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
The Oilers fought off elimination and forced a deciding game.
Kane’s second goal late in the third period put an exclamation point on the Oilers’ 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series.
Edmonton will host the winner-takes-all game on Saturday night. In a series in which the road team has won four times, Kane likes his team’s chances.
“It’s going to be juicy,” Kane, who also had an assist, said of what kind of atmosphere he expects up north.
Tyson Barrie scored the go-ahead goal and Connor McDavid added two goals and an assist.
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Kane has seven goals in the series to tie Minnesota’s Kirill Kaprizov and Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel for the league lead. He is the seventh Edmonton player to score at least seven times in a series and the first since Esa Tikkanen in 1991.
Kane gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead at 1:50 of the second period when he redirected Brett Kulak’s shot from the spot past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. The left wing then added a goal in an empty net with a minute remaining and flashed all seven fingers to the crowd.
It was Kane’s way of getting revenge after Los Angeles’ Adrian Kempe put his hand to one of his ears Tuesday night in Edmonton after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime.
“He must not have liked the celebration in our building after they scored. I think Evander is playing with emotion and is looking forward to the next game,” Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said.
Game tied at 2
The game was tied at two before Barrie snapped a 19-game playoff goal drought at 2:50 p.m. of the third with a shot inside the far post after receiving Leon Draisaitl’s pass.
“Yeah, I think I just saw the puck flip, and we were heading the other way and for some reason there was a big gap between me and Leon, and I saw that I could jump and make it.” a strange man (rush),” said Barrie, whose last postseason goal came in 2019 with the Colorado Avalanche. “He cooked me some gravy and was lucky to beat Quick there. You know, he’s been playing really well and far away. So it’s good to see one get in.”
Kane said that even though the Oilers blew a two-goal lead, there was still a lot of confidence going into the third period.
“I think we were saying all the right things. I was talking about how we were in great shape,” he said. “It’s a 2-2 hockey game in Game 6 in the third period. I quite liked our scoring chances.”
McDavid’s Wraparound Scores
McDavid, who has three goals and 12 points in the series, scored in total 1:40 into the game for his third goal of the series. It was the third fastest goal by an Edmonton player in facing elimination.
Cody Ceci added a pair of assists and Mike Smith stopped 30 shots for the Oilers, who host the deciding game Saturday night in Edmonton.
Sean Durzi and Carl Grundstrom scored for Los Angeles, which was looking to wrap up its first series since defeating the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. He quickly made 33 saves.
“Just opportune goals, and I thought we had a good chance there at the end,” defender Matt Roy said of the difference in the game. “We just had a little breakdown that led to the third goal from him, so we just need to minimize those going forward.”
Rookie defenseman Durzi put Los Angeles on the board at 13:59 of the second period on the power play with his first goal of the postseason, a one-off shot from the center spot.
Grundstrom tied it 29 seconds into the third with a slap shot over Smith’s blocker after receiving Roy’s pass for his third.
“It didn’t faze us too much,” center Anze Kopitar said of the early deficit. “I mean, we knew we had to get one on the power play at some point, so that was important. And then obviously tying him up pretty early in the third. I just couldn’t push him over the line.”
The Oilers are 6-4 in Game 7, including 3-1 at home. The Kings are 7-4, going 5-3 on the road.