Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) hits L.A. Kings' Alexander Edler (2) during first period NHL action in Game 2 of their first round Stanley Cup playoff series in Edmonton, on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Edmonton Oilers exorcized a few demons during Wednesday night’s 6-0 drubbing of the Los Angeles Kings that evened their opening-round series at 1 game apiece. For the Oil, it was a win that broke a 7-game post-season losing skein that stretched back to 2020… 6 of those 7 losses by 1 goal, the 7th effectively so (a couple of late empty netters made it 4-1 but trust me, it was close until the end).

So to win a playoff game by any score was an absolute must for the Oilers, simply to get the orangutan (named Schneid?) off their collective backs. To do so in such convincing fashion made for a fun night for the home fans, even as it left some questions unanswered. Lots of time left in this series for new and different challenges, starting on Friday night in Tinseltown where the Oilers will attempt to seize back home ice advantage.

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