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Kings even defeated the Oilers 4-0 in Game 4

LOS ANGELES – Jonathan Quick has attempted to make a few of his 31 saves without his glove During a masterful performance, Carl Grundstrom scored twice in the third half, and the Los Angeles Kings bounced back from back-to-back blowout losses to their first-round playoff series with a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 on Sunday Night.

After Trevor Moore and Troy Stecher scored in the first half, Quick earned his 10th career playoff shutout while the Kings firmly knocked out Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Los Angeles have claimed their first playoff win on home ice since the club won the Stanley Cup for a second time in 2014.

Mike Smith stopped 42 shots for the Oilers, but McDavid, Draisaitl and Evander Kane all struggled for consistent scoring chances after two dominance games. Edmonton’s frustration and Los Angeles’ exuberance led to multiple stoppages and near-fights in the dying minutes.

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The bad feelings were sparked when Grundstrom scored his first career playoff goal while sliding headlong into Smith and the goalpost at 4:54 after being defeated by Darnell Nurse. Grundstrom added an empty goal with 1:31 left.

Game 5 takes place in Edmonton on Tuesday night, with Game 6 taking place in Los Angeles on Thursday.

After being humiliated by a combined 14-2 in the previous two games, the Kings again looked like the playoff-worthy team that had won Game 1 in Edmonton. The Kings also improved on faceoffs and special teams, killing all three of the Oilers’ power plays after giving up five power play goals and one shorthanded goal in their first three games.

Edmonton started late in the second half, but their best chances were blocked by Quick, the headstrong goaltender with two Stanley Cup rings and plenty of post-season confidence.

During one sequence, Quick lost his glove and was still trying to save with his bare left hand. Moments later, still gloveless, he stopped a close-range chance with an instinctive move of his blocker.

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McDavid was active in the third period but also took an ill-advised interference penalty next to the Kings’ goal at 9-40 to play.

The Kings maintained their defensive discipline through most of the third half before Grundstrom scored his first career playoff goal. Edmonton challenged judgment on the play but lost.

The Oilers’ 17 goals in the first three games of the series were the most by any playoff team since San Jose did the same against the Kings in 2014 – who rallied to help the Sharks in the first round en route to winning the trophy again turn off . Los Angeles responded to those setbacks with its best defensive performance of the series in Game 4.

The Kings took the lead for the first time since Game 1 when Moore converted a deft Phillip Danault pass midway through the first half into his second goal of the series. A Southern California native, Moore had his only playoff experience with Toronto in 2019.

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During the 4-on-4 later in the first game, Stecher’s shot from above the faceoff circle was deflected by Duncan Keith’s racquet blade and scored the deep back’s first goal for the Kings.

In another measure of Los Angeles’ early dominance, his 20 shots in the first half were one of the most in franchise playoff history.

LINEUP CHANGES

Stecher, who was acquired by Detroit in February, played his first postseason game for LA in place of the scratched Jordan Spence.

Edmonton forward Derek Ryan sat out after getting into an awkward clash late in Game 3. Journeyman Derick Brassard took his spot and competed for his sixth NHL team in the playoffs.

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