Kane has a hat trick, Oilers roll to 8-2 against Kings

LOS ANGELES – Evander Kane scored his first hat trick in a Stanley Cup playoff game, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman both scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers dominated the Los Angeles Kings for the second straight game with an 8-2 win Game 3 of their first round playoff series on Friday night.

Leon Draisaitl had one goal and one assist for the Oilers. He is the third Edmonton player in the past 25 years to score in each of the first three games of a postseason, alongside McDavid (2020) and Bill Guerin (1998). Cody Ceci had three assists and Mike Smith made 44 saves.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist while Phillip Danault also scored for Los Angeles, who held a 45-37 advantage on shots on target. Jonathan Quick allowed four goals and made 13 saves, while Cal Petersen allowed four goals and made 16 saves.

Game 4 takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

It’s the second straight game with at least two goals for Kane. The last time an Edmonton player achieved that was Bernie Nicholls in 1992 in games 2 and 3 of the 1992 Smythe Division Semifinals, also against the Kings.


Kane had two rebound goals in the second half and ended the hat trick with a wrist shot 20 seconds from time.

It was the first time in Hyman’s seven-year career that he had a two-goal game in the playoffs.

Nugent-Hopkins scored his goals in 81 seconds in the third period.

Edmonton won 6-0 on Wednesday night and built a five-goal lead midway through the second half as they led 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Draisaitl took a cross ice pass from McDavid in a 2-on-1 onslaught and shoved a wrist shot past Quick 3:50 into the first half to open the scoring.

Edmonton wasted no time and extended their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal at 6:07. McDavid pulled in a defender and then found Hyman open at the back post.

The Oilers then put it down with three second-half goals in a 3:24 span.

Kane knocked in a rebound at 6:27 and Hyman chased Quick with a wrist shot at the near post at 7:42 for a 4-0. Kane then hooked a rebound through Petersen’s legs at 9:51.


Los Angeles prevented a shutout 16 seconds after Kane’s second goal when Kopitar made the top shelf with a backhand in front of the net. Danault put the Kings 5-2 with a power play goal at 17:29.


McDavid – who has six points in the streak (one goal, five assists) – has multiple points in every game. It’s the first time since Joe Murphy and Nicholls in 1992 that an Oiler has scored multiple points in each of the first three games of the postseason.


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