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

EDMONTON, Alta. (AP) — Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 in the seventh game Saturday night.

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

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

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

Edmonton nearly scored midway through the second when a puck headed for the goal line in a scramble, but was fished out just in time by Kings forward Andreas Athanasiou.

The Oilers finally broke the deadlock with 6:45 left in the second period as McDavid sent a pass behind the net to a pinched Ceci, who fired a shot over Quick’s shoulder.

Edmonton came close to increasing their lead a few times early in the third as Josh Archibald narrowly missed putting a puck between Quick’s legs and Kailer Yamamoto hit a post with most of an open net to shoot .

The Oilers finally got some confidence with 3:53 left in the third on a terrific individual effort from McDavid, who drove behind the net before sending his second backhand attempt there for his fourth goal and 14th playoff point. league-leading playoffs. McDavid had multiple points in six of the series’ seven games.

The Oilers will now advance to face either Calgary or Dallas, who play their seventh game on Sunday.

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

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