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Series preview: Oilers eliminate Kings to advance to second round

Last night’s National Hockey League action featured three games number 6, with three teams able to go on vacation.

Only one of them survived elimination.

Here are the highlights of the evening.

1. Oilers struggle to win Game 6

It’s never easy when it comes to the Oilers.

They proved it again last night, finding every possible way to make their task difficult.

But in the end, they still came away with the win to eliminate the Los Angeles Kings in six games, one less than last season.

The Oilers never let the Kings get ahead of them in Game 6, but they did get hot.

McDavid quickly opened the scoring on a brilliant pass from Evan Bouchard.

Leon Draisaitl added to the party later by not missing his chance on McDavid’s superb pass.

However, less than five minutes after the goal, the Kings had already tied the score 3-3.

Klim Kostin added to the lead with his second of the game nearly two minutes later.

The moment when the Oilers really played with fire, well, I’ll let you watch the sequence.

As you can see, Stuart Skinner made the most of his pass to Phillip Danault, who wasn’t looking for much.

It was a huge blunder that could have cost the Oilers dearly, but fortunately, Kailer Yamamoto came to the Oilers’ rescue late in the game.

To see all the highlights of the game, click here.

The Oilers advance to the next round, where they will face the Vegas Golden Knights.

The two-headed monster better get ready, though maybe it’s not really a two-headed monster anymore.

Oilers win series 4-2.

2. Rangers force final game in New Jersey

After winning the first two games of the series away from home, the Rangers seemed to be in complete control of the series, and it looked like they would easily advance to the second round.

However, the Devils had not said their last word, and won the next three games to put the Rangers on the brink of elimination last night in Game 6.

The Rangers needed a win to force an elimination game, and they did just that.

First, Chris Kreider tied the game with a typical Kreider goal.

Then, midway through the second period, we finally witnessed the awakening of Mika Zibanejad, who scored his first goal of the series to the delight of Rangers fans.

Vladimir Tarasenko then added to his tally with the Rangers’ third goal, which turned out to be the winner.

The Rangers win 5-2, forcing a Game 7 at the Devils’ home on Monday night, starting at 8pm.

The series is tied 3-3.

3. Leafs advance to second round for first time since 2004

My colleague Pablo Herrera-Vergara has already analyzed the Leafs’ first winning streak in 6948 days, so I’ll keep it brief.

The Leafs broke their curse last night with a 2-1 overtime win in Game 6 of their series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was John Tavares who played the hero and thus broke a second curse, after breaking the Islanders’ 23-season curse in 2016.

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The Leafs now await their opponent, as Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers takes place tonight.

The Leafs win the series 4-2.


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