Yamamoto scores late in Game 6 to lift Oilers over Kings in Round 2

Kailer Yamamoto scored the late third period winner for the Edmonton Oilers in a 5-4 win over the Kings in Los Angeles to close out their playoff series on Saturday.

The Oilers won the best of seven conference quarterfinals four games to two. Edmonton meets the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round.

Yamamoto scored his first of the playoffs at 16:58 of the third period. He circled the top of the face-off circle and threw an off-speed shot through traffic into the top corner of the Los Angeles net.

Klim Kostin had two goals and an assist and Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist for the Oilers.

Leon Draisaitl also scored for Edmonton. Defenders Evan Bouchard and Vincent Desharnais each had two assists.

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Yamamoto’s goal late in 3rd period holds as Oilers knock Kings out of playoffs

Kailer Yamamoto’s third period goal proved to be the winner as Edmonton beat Los Angeles 5-4, giving Edmonton a 4-2 victory over the Kings.

Stuart Skinner made a series-high 40 saves for the win.

The Oilers goaltender had the misfortune of breaking his stick in the third period, which led to a shorthanded Kings goal to tie the game.

Kevin Fiala had one goal and two assists for Los Angeles. Philip Danault scored the shorthanded goal and Sean Durzi and Adrian Kempe also scored for the Kings.

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 21 shots in the loss after being taken out in the second period of Game 5 at Edmonton.

Edmonton led 2-1 and 4-3 at the breaks despite a 33-19 victory on penalties in two periods.

Danault scored the shorthanded equalizer at 6:42 of the third.

Skinner appeared to break his stick on an overhand pass, which left the puck in front of the slot for Danault to crush the sprawling goaltender.

Kostin collected his second of the game by jumping on a loose puck in the slot at 10:54 of the second period to make it 4-3 for the visitors.

Fiala had tied the Kings with a power play goal at 8:16 when he fired a shot through Skinner’s glove.

Fiala, who missed the first three games of the series with a lower-body injury, produced one goal and five assists after joining the Kings roster.

Draisaitl and McDavid pace Oilers offense

Both teams traded power-play goals earlier in the second. Draisaitl with his seventh goal of the series made it 3-1 at 4:05, but Kempe cut the deficit to 6:36.

Draisaitl got a cross pass from McDavid past Korpisalo for his 70th playoff point in 43 games.

That’s the third-fastest in NHL history behind Wayne Gretzky (29 games played) and Mario Lemieux (36), according to league statisticians.

Kempe scored his fifth of the series with a wrist shot into the top corner from a Fiala stream.

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty stopped a third Edmonton goal in the first period. He stopped a blast from Darnell Nurse with the inside of his left foot, as Nurse had an open net for a target.

The Oilers led 2-1 on Kostin’s goal at 12:12. The Russian carried the puck over the blue line to the high slot where he whipped the puck over Korpisalo’s stick.

Durzi tied the Kings at 8:13. Fiala sent the puck into the zone and sent off Durzi, who took advantage of the traffic in front of Skinner to beat him with a low shot.

McDavid scored his first even-strength goal of the series 85 seconds into the opening faceoff.

Korpisalo made an early save on McDavid, but the Kings goaltender lost control of the rebound for Edmonton to cross the zone again.

Bouchard threaded the puck to McDavid to Korpisalo’s right and the Oilers captain redirected the puck under the Los Angeles goaltender’s pad.

Edmonton converted one of two power-play chances to go 9-for-16 in the series. The Kings were 2-3 on Saturday and 6-20 overall.

The Oilers played all seven games to beat the Kings in the first round last year en route to the Western Conference Finals.

Edmonton was swept in four straight games in this final by the eventual Stanley Cup champion, the Colorado Avalanche.

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