LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 08: Jesse Puljujarvi #13 of the Edmonton Oilers skates the puck against Phillip Danault #24 of the Los Angeles Kings in the first period of Game Four of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Crypto.com Arena on May 08, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

Left for dead after being beaten 14-2 in Games 2 and 3, the Kings are back in Edmonton’s nightmares again after a 4-0 Game 4 victory at Crypto.com Arena that was straight out of a Friday the 13th sequel.

Instead of putting the series in a 3-1 stranglehold, suddenly it’s the Oilers who feel the icy hand of uncertainty tightening its grip around their necks in what is now a best of three coin toss.

Where did it get away from them?

“Pretty early in the game,” seethed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, as unhappy as anyone with how Edmonton played. “They came out — we knew they were going to respond — and we were losing puck battles early. We were letting them get to our net too easily.

“They worked and we didn’t respond well enough early and that’s a tough team to come back on. We have to learn from this and move on to Game 5 at home.”

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