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.”