2022 Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7 live updates: Oilers face Kings to close massive NHL first round on Saturday

2022 Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7 live updates: Oilers face Kings to close massive NHL first round on Saturday

The two most beautiful words in sport? Game 7. Fortunately for hockey fans, Saturday will be filled with excitement as the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs the first round sees three Match 7s on the same day.

The Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers close out the night with a heads-up at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN and fuboTV (try it for free). There were blowouts and close matches in both arenas, but the main trend was that the team that scored first got the win. Edmonton made Game 7 possible with a 4-2 victory Thursday. Evander Kane scored twice in that game and will likely continue to be key to the Oilers’ offense going forward. The left-winger has seven goals in this series, which puts him tied with Minnesota’s Kirill Kaprizov and Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel for the NHL lead in this year’s playoffs.

Boston and Carolina opened Saturday’s action at the PNC Arena, and like the first six games of the series, the home team prevailed. The Hurricanes secured their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 win over the Bruins. Max Domi led the way for Carolina with three points, including two goals in the second period. The Hurricanes have now won six straight Game 7s and next face the winner of the Rangers-Penguins series, which ends in another Game 7 on Sunday.

The Lightning’s dream of a Stanley Cup hat-trick is alive and well. Left wing Nicholas Paul scored twice for the Bolts in the first two periods, not a bad way to register his first two career playoff goals. The third period was scoreless but still saw plenty of action. Toronto left the net empty with about two minutes left in the game, but their comeback attempt failed. Brayden Point didn’t see a minute in the final period due to a lower-body injury. The Maple Leafs had 31 shots on goal but struggled to score due to a strong performance from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. Their only goal was scored by Morgan Reilly at 1:25 in the second period.

Follow as CBS Sports provides live updates throughout Saturday’s action.

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