To everybody’s surprise, Evander Kane has grown to be the Edmonton Oilers’ notorious goal-scorer this playoff. He had scored five goals in 5 games ahead of Game 6 on Thursday and struck again when the Oilers forced a deciding Game 7 in the series against LA Kings.
The Oilers were forced to win to keep the season alive and found themself in a two-goal lead after goals from Connor McDavid and Evander Kane. The Kings tied the game early in the third, but Edmonton got the last laugh as Tyson Barrie scored the game-winning goal with five minutes to go.
Evander Kane then produced an empty-netter for his seventh goal of the series. He immediately turned to the LA fans and held up seven fingers. When the Kings won Game 5 in Edmonton, Adrian Kempe scored the game-winning goal and held his hand to his ear like he couldn’t hear the home fans, and now Evander Kane returned the favor.
But there was uncertainty about whether the seven fingers were a gesture about his seven goals scored in the series or the upcoming Game 7. When asked about it, he gave the perfect explanation.
“It means Game 7, baby,” he told reporters.
“Not seven goals. I didn’t even realize that honestly. Game 7, it was nice to get a win here in this rink.”