LOS ANGELES, CA – David Rittich stopped all 26 shots he faced and Quinton Byfield tallied two goals and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings blanked the Oilers 4-0 on Saturday at Crypto.com Arena.
Playing the second half of their Southern California back-to-back after beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 on Friday, the Oilers were outplayed by their first-round playoff opponent from the past two seasons, as the Kings were victorious in their first game under interim head coach Jim Hiller.
“They just played better than us, to be honest,” Zach Hyman said after Edmonton’s second loss in three games after going 16 in a row without a defeat prior to the NHL All-Star break.
Special teams were a determining factor in the matchup as Edmonton was unable to score on four power plays while also surrendering a man-advantage goal against to the Kings.
“During our winning streak, the special teams battle, we always came out on top, or at least tied,” Head Coach Kris Knoblauch said. “I think there was a stretch since mid-December that we went through that whole time without losing that special teams battle. And now tonight we lost it. And that just makes it harder to win games when that happens.”