The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 on Tuesday night, thanks in large part to Connor McDavid's 61st goal of the season. McDavid, the Oilers' star center, scored the lone goal of the game in the second period, giving Edmonton the lead for good.
McDavid's goal, his sixth in the last five games, came off a feed from linemate Leon Draisaitl. The goal put McDavid one point shy of the 100-point mark this season and moved him into first in the NHL scoring race.
The Oilers' victory was also thanks in part to goalie Mikko Koskinen, who stopped all 30 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. Koskinen, who is playing in place of the injured Cam Talbot, has been instrumental in keeping the Oilers in the playoff hunt.
The win gives the Oilers a five-point lead over the Kings in the Pacific Division and keeps them in the hunt for a playoff spot. With nine games left in the regular season, the Oilers are in prime position to make the postseason.
McDavid's goal was the highlight of the night, and it was a reminder of why he is one of the top players in the league. With 100-point seasons becoming increasingly rare in the NHL, McDavid's accomplishment is a testament to his skill and dedication.
For the Kings, the loss continues an up-and-down stretch of games as they try to hold on to a playoff spot. Los Angeles is currently in the thick of a crowded Western Conference playoff race and will need to find a way to win some key games down the stretch if they hope to make the postseason.