Damn those Kings.
After Tyler Toffoli scored a mere 0:16 into the game for the LA Kings, I thought that would be the end of the game. The Oilers have been defeated in all four meetings prior to tonight's game by the Kings, so I had imagined tonight would be one in the same. (I eventually was right)
However, 0:22 later Jordan Eberle scored on his own rebound and put the Oilers right back into the game. The first was a period I had hoped for, but not expected. Connor McDavid scored one of the most unreal goals I have ever seen, Never did I think he would be able to simply just swing and knock the puck into the net like he did. Man, he is good.
The Oilers played a hard period, and ended up coming out of the period tied 2-2. To be fair though, the call against Milan Lucic should've been left as a goaltender interference call. Yet again, the NHL ref's have failed the Oilers and the incorrect call has been made. If that wasn't goaltender interference, I don't know what is. Overall, the Oilers had three more shot attempts in the period (21-18), and outshot them 13-12.
Again in the second, it was an absolute back and forth start to the period. Patrick Maroon was in front of the net and nearly had scored a goal, but Jonathan Quick managed to slide across with his pad to make the save. It was an incredibly close call.
The game slipped away in the second following that opportunity, and the Kings ended up finishing the period with a solid 5-2 lead. One thing is clear, and that is Laurent Brossoit isn't ready to be an NHL goaltender in any capacity. This is not a knock against LB, as I think that one day he can play in the NHL, but he needs some more seasoning.
Trevor Lewis scored a shorthanded goal with less than three minutes left in the second thanks to Laurent Brossoit choking up on playing the puck.
By the end of the game, the Oilers ended up keeping the game close by the end of it in thanks to two goals from Patrick Maroon. As I had wrote on my pregamer on Beer League Heroes, Maroon has been everything and more than the Oilers have needed.
The Oilers turned around the game and made it a one goal game by the end of it before the Kings scored an empty netter to put it away. After all, the Kings are one of the best teams in the league poised to make another deep run into the playoffs.
After losing tonight's game, the Kings have officially swept the Oilers in this season's five game series. Next up the Oilers conclude their three-game California road trip with a matchup against the Anaheim Ducks. After scoring five points in his last two games, it will be Patrick Maroon's first game back in Anaheim after his trade.