EDMONTON - Laurent Brossoit stopped 23 as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Calgary Hitmen 6-0 on Friday in Western Hockey League playoff action.
Brossoit earned his fourth shutout of the post season for Edmonton, which evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 1-1.
Calgary's Jake Virtanen was handed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for kneeing Cody Corbett in the second period.
Samuelsson opened up the scoring at 6:13 of the first, redirecting Gernat's saucer pass out of midair in behind Driedger.
Brady Brassart nearly tied things up for Calgary on a two-man advantage, deflecting a centering pass just wide of the post with five minutes left in the period, but Edmonton took a 1-0 lead into intermission.
Driedger came up big for the Hitmen in the opening minute of the second period, sprawling to make a left-pad save on T.J. Foster in tight.
Brossoit was forced to make a break-away save on Cody Sylvester at 7:38 as the winger broke in alone while killing off Virtanen's major penalty.
After being halted on nine power plays, Edmonton's man advantage clicked on its 10th attempt at 8:55 of the third as Gernat hammered the puck from the point past Driedger's blocker to make it 2-0.
Gernat then scored at 14:32, walking in and wristing it glove high on a two-man advantage.
Lazar knocked the puck out of midair 26 seconds later while still on the power play to make it 4-0, ending Driedger's night in goal.
Sautner and Cheek closed out scoring late in the third for the Oil Kings.
Edmonton finished the night 3 for 15 on the power play while Calgary was blanked on five opportunities with the man advantage.
Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday when the series shifts to Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome.