GAME RECAP: Kings 3, Oilers 2 (OT – Game 3)
McDavid scores twice but Moore tallies the sudden-death winner as Los Angeles now leads the best-of-seven first-round series 2-1
by Ryan Frankson @RyanFrankson / EdmontonOilers.com
LOS ANGELES, CA – For the second time in three games, the Los Angeles Kings scored the winning goal on the power play in overtime and now hold a 2-1 lead in their first-round series with a 3-2 victory over the Oilers on Friday night at Crypto.com Arena.
Trevor Moore scored 3:24 into the first sudden-death frame to give the home side the win, despite a lengthy review as the officials checked the replays to determine whether the sequence should have been blown dead due to a Kings high stick. In the end, the call on the ice was upheld and Edmonton was dealt the tough defeat with Game 4 slated for Sunday.
The Oilers trail in the series despite leading for 107:26 of it, compared to 8:15 for the Kings with their OT winners in Games 1 and 3. The teams have been tied for 77:02.
“It’s a tight-checking series, we’ve said that all along,” said Connor McDavid, who scored both Oilers goals in the loss. “We knew that. It’s little breaks here and there, it’s little calls here and there. We haven’t seemed to get many of the bounces. We had our looks, we had our chances, and they find a way to get a power play and score in overtime. That’s just the way it is, playoff hockey.”