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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Game 7. The Kings stumbled against Edmonton in

For the kings, three warriors went to meaningful battle for the first time in a generation and one fought valiantly for the last time in his career.

In games played, the 55-year-old Kings all-time leader and captain of the franchise’s only two championship roster winger Dustin Brown played the final game of his illustrious tenure, a 2–0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. 7 of an exciting first round series.

After a first-round draft back in 2003, Brown was joined on the ice by close friend Ange Kopitar and longtime goalkeeper Jonathan Quick, who won all four Game 7s of his career before Saturday Night at Rogers Place. were. Quick gave the Kings a chance for a puncture, in which 39 shots were blocked.

Center Conor McDavid further cemented his position as the best player in the world by logging a game-high 27:23, scoring one goal and setting another by defenseman Cody Ceci. In the series, the Oilers took out the Kings 18-4 with McDavid on the ice. Mike Smith made 28 saves in a season shutout after his sixth career. Edmonton has reached the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

The Kings had not played a Game 7 since 2014 and with their loss at Edmonton they still have not won a playoff series since that year. His performance in more than 89 games this season, which many thought would be unremarkable, was more than commendable, despite Saturday’s result. They fought for the final buzzer, including winger Alex Iafalo, who was diving desperately to break a late-empty-net chance, but to no avail.

In the third period, the Kings struggled to generate the offense and with 3:53 to play it out, none other than McDavid was driving the dagger into the Kings’ collective heart. He beat defenseman Sean Durjee from inside, pulled a hooking penalty, hit the net with a backhanded wraparound shot, then picked up a rebound and prone quick from his backhand.

The closing verse began with a strong turnaround for the Kings and then saw a near disaster when winger Josh Archibald had a breakaway. He slipped the puck between Quick’s legs, where his glove was resting behind him to deny the shot and keep the Kings’ deficit at one. The second and third periods were also joined by a hit post each frame that aided Quick’s cause.

The Ice leaned heavily towards the Oilers in the second period as they out-shot the Kings 24-11 and forced Quick to earn 20 minutes each of his pay for the year. McDavid made up for a point-blank spot to winger Kailar Yamamoto, hanging out, dancing and dishing that Quick Steamed, one of his 23 saves in the frame.

The Kings saved their best chance, or perhaps their only good one, for the last time when winger Brendan Lemieux made two attempts from close range at half-time.

Gaining momentum with seconds ticking by, Edmonton’s crescendo reached its peak in the second period with a target of 13:15.

McDavid and his teammates cycled the puck down the goal line as Ceci fell to the right faceoff dot, where McDavid found him with a sharp pass for a short-side shot. Ceci, who had 28 points from 78 matches this season, amassed six points from seven matches, the most for any Kings player in the series.

Just before the halfway point of the game, winger Evander Kane nearly gave Edmonton the first lead, but could not push the puck over the goal, where it was stopped with a goal-saving swipe by winger Andreas Athanasiou. Quick faced another close call when center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fired a shot through him that later ended up wide in Verse.

Winger Adrian Kempe barely got the puck to the net before defenseman Matt Roy fired a one-timer, all while the Oilers turned up the heat in Kings’ field. The Kings played a conservative game on the offensive and were on the short end of possession figures with 40 minutes through in addition to dominating the faceoff circle for a stretch.

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