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3 THINGS: Playoff Bound

Oilers Head Writer gives three things from Edmonton's 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, which clinched a playoff spot

by Chris Wescott / Head Writer

The Oilers got a big win against a Pacific Division foe, sending the Los Angeles Kings away with a 2-1 defeat. Here are three things to take from the victory.


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The Oilers managed to do something Tuesday night they haven't done since 2006. They clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The City of Edmonton can breathe a sigh of relief, as well as get excited for post-season hockey in a new building.

Perhaps not surprising, given their approach this regular season, but Oilers players and Head Coach Todd McLellan were all business after the game.

Even Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who has played 389 games in an Oilers jersey, deflected the emotions of the night and said there's still work to do.

"It's a special feeling tonight," he said. "A lot more work to be done but this was a big first step for us and we got the job done tonight."


Again, this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. Cam Talbot was Cam Talbot for the Oilers when they needed him the most. The Oilers stalwart starter turned away 34 shots by the Kings.

In a one-goal game, and with the final minute ticking down, the Kings made their last stand in the Oilers offensive zone. Talbot turned every single shot he faced in that final minute, showing a calm and cool approach to the biggest moment of his NHL career.

Talbot has a .920 save percentage in 68 games this season.


Video: LAK@EDM: McDavid tallies off deflected pass attempt

Less than a minute into the game, Oilers captain Connor McDavid nearly set up a goal. Then he scored the game's first goal at 14:44 of the first to give Edmonton their first lead of the night.

McDavid's goal was his 27th of the season, which pulled him into a tie with Leon Draisaitl for the team lead.

McDavid's 89th point of this campaign leads the National Hockey League.

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