Oilers stun Kings in Game 4 to take 3-1 lead

The Kings are now on the brink of elimination as the series heads back to Edmonton for Game 5 on Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES — Evan Bouchard’s power-play goal provided all the offense the Edmonton Oilers needed in a 1-0 victory over the Kings in Game 4 of their playoff series on Sunday night at Crypto.com Arena.

The win gave the Oilers, the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Division, a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. The series returns to Edmonton for Game 5 on Wednesday, when Los Angeles can be eliminated.

The Kings lost despite their best defensive effort of the series, holding the powerful Oilers offense to 13 shots against goaltender David Rittich. Edmonton goalie Stuart Skinner pitched a shutout after facing 33 shots.

During the opening period, the Kings had eleven shots at the goal, while the Oilers only managed to get four.

There were no penalties called until 9:14 remained in the second period, when Kings defenseman Andreas Englund was called for holding. Bouchard scored a minute into the power play on a pass from Leon Draisaitl.

There was only one other penalty — Brett Kulak from the Oilers was called for high sticking against Phillip Danault in the third period — called all game. The failed power play left the Kings 0 for 11 in the series.

This defeat marked the fifth loss in 20 home games for the Kings since the All-Star break — and it could be their last home game this season.

Kings coach Jim Hiller said he was frustrated with the result.

“Disappointed we’re not 2-2,” Hiller said, “but we have to go play this game in Edmonton now and win the next game. This is the only choice we have.”

Frustration with offense

Hiller said the decision to start Rittich over regular goalie Cam Talbot seemed to be the right move, even though the Kings couldn’t get on the scoreboard.

“I thought [Rittich] played well,” Hiller said. “Disappointing thing for him is no goalie is going to win when we can’t score for him.”

Hiller said it was too early to say if was asked if Rittich will start in Game 5.

Kings’ center Phillip Danault also was frustrated by the lack of offense.

“We had some presence at the net, we had a couple good tips,” Danault said. “We’ve just got to be more hungry, I guess.

“We’ve got to play the same way. We can’t control the result every time, so we’ve got to play the same way and, hopefully, the result will be better.”