Kings back in a familiar playoff position, trailing Oilers 2-1

Kings back in a familiar playoff position, trailing Oilers 2-1

The Los Angeles Kings were in this situation not long ago against the visiting Edmonton Oilers and they'll try to bounce back again when they meet in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round ser

The Los Angeles Kings were in this situation not long ago against the visiting Edmonton Oilers and they’ll try to bounce back again when they meet in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series on Sunday night.The Kings trail the best-of-seven series 2-1 against the Oilers after getting lit up 6-1 in Game 3 on Friday night in Los Angeles.They were in the same boat two years ago after three games of their first-round series against the Oilers, losing 8-2 in Game 3 before storming back for a 4-0 victory in Game 4 to even the series and retake home-ice advantage.Los Angeles even won Game 5 in Edmonton to take a 3-2 series lead, but ultimately dropped the final two games and the series.The Kings led their opening-round series against Edmonton after three games last season, but eventually lost that one too.”What I know for sure is it’s two for them, one for us, and you need to win four in the series,” Kings interim coach Jim Hiller said. “We’ll have to play better than we did (in Game 3), just like Game 2.”Los Angeles bounced back from a 7-4 loss in Game 1 on April 22 to win 5-4 in overtime in Game 2 on Wednesday to even the series heading to Los Angeles.Instead of capitalizing on home-ice advantage, the Kings gave up three straight goals in the first period and were chasing the Oilers the rest of the way.”We wanted this one, they wanted it, so you just have to take a look at it as if it’s one game,” Kings forward Kevin Fiala said. “Now, we just have to come back next game and make it 2-2.”The Oilers kept the celebration low-key afterward, knowing they’re just one loss away from losing home-ice advantage again.”It just counts as one win, that’s all,” Edmonton center Connor McDavid said. “Got to be ready for a big one Sunday.”After scoring six points (three goals, three assists) in his final four games of the regular season, McDavid has maintained his hot streak in the playoffs, totaling nine points (one goal, eight assists) through the first three games.He hasn’t been the only one carrying the offense, however.

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