Nick Bjugstad posted his first career two-goal playoff game to pace the host Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday that puts them one win away from claiming their Western Conference first-round playoff series
Evander Kane, Leon Draisaitl, Brett Kulak and Zach Hyman also scored for the Oilers, who boast a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Goalie Stuart Skinner made 25 saves, while Connor McDavid, Mattias Ekholm and Darnell Nurse all collected two assists apiece
The Oilers will look to clinch the series when the Kings host Game 6 on Saturday
Adrian Kempe collected one goal and one assist for the Kings. Alex Iafallo and Quinton Byfield also scored. Starting goalie Joonas Korpisalo surrendered four goals on 19 shots before being pulled. Pheonix Copley stopped 6 of 8 shots in relief
The Oilers have scored eight power-play goals on 14 chances in the series, an incredible conversion rate of 57.1 percent
Kane's power-play goal opened the scoring when he fired a long shot just inside the far post at the 8:08 mark of the first, and Draisaitl doubled the lead just past the midway point of the opening frame with his sixth goal of the series.
Iafallo put the Kings on the board at 13:12 by pouncing on a rebound, but Kulak replied exactly one minute later and netted his first career playoff goal
Kempe made it a one-goal game again when he notched his fourth goal of the playoffs with 2:25 remaining in the first period, but Bjugstad put the Oilers back in front by two with a deflection goal at 11:49 of the second period. That spelled the end of the game for Korpisalo
Hyman extended the lead to 5-2 late in the middle period with another power-play goal, coming when Evan Bouchard's point shot ricocheted off his chin and into the net. Then Bjugstad added his second marker of the game at 4:26 of the third period when his sharp-angled shot went off Copley and then a defender before going into the net.
Byfield notched his first career playoff goal just over a couple minutes later, but the Kings could pull no closer
--Field Level Media