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The LA Kings Surprise The Edmonton Oilers

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“Arguably, we’re going against the best 1-2 punch,” Kings center Anze Kopitar said Monday morning.

As it turned out, the Kings administered the knockout punch to the Oilers. McDavid and Draisaitl each scored a goal but the Kings turned their apparent disadvantage into a strength, emerging with a 4-3 victory that deflated the spirits of the previously jubilant sellout crowd at Rogers Place.

“That was a big identity game,” said Phillip Danault, who deflected Sean Durzi’s long shot past Edmonton goaltender Mike Smith with five minutes and 14 seconds left in the third period. “We showed the character we got. They came back in the game but we stuck with it.”

The Kings entered this series as underdogs. They don’t care. “We believe in our group, our leadership,” said Thousand Oaks native Trevor Moore, who had a goal and two assists. Asked if that meant they believe they can prevail over the Oilers, he replied, “We can win the series, yes.”

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Game highlights are below.

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Cubanpuckstoppr's avatar

Compare and contrast:

Mike Smith looks absolutely lost here
https://www.nhl.com/video/lemieux-captures-lead-in-2nd/t-333418518/c-11587240

Despite having all his weight over his lead pad, Quick still manages to explode into a save.
https://www.nhl.com/kings/video/quick-stops-draisaitl/t-277437410/c-11587216

Posted by Cubanpuckstoppr on 05/03/22 at 10:55 AM ET

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Mike Smith is like 50.  His bread and butter has been his athleticism and it just fades with age.  He needs to be at 100 to be good.  Little tweaks and what not, which he’s prone to, are amplified in his game.  And quick is a battle tested reliable goalie capable of being a gamer.  Where they’re age gap is located are significant years.

Posted by ThatGuy on 05/03/22 at 01:59 PM ET

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