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Published Time: 02.05.2024 - 11:13:54 Modified Time: 02.05.2024 - 11:13:54

Los Angeles got to enjoy that lead for fewer than five minutes before Draisaitl took over. Leon Draisaitl

For the third straight season, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl ensured the Los Angeles Kings didn't make it past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After Alex Laferriere took advantage of a fortunate carom off the boards to tie the score late in the first period, Blake Lizotte put the Kings ahead in the second.

Los Angeles got to enjoy that lead for fewer than five minutes before Draisaitl took over.

Draisaitl scored twice off assists from McDavid just minutes apart, once on a power-play and another in the seconds after a man advantage expired, in order to give the Oilers back the lead.

LEON x 2‼️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StanleyCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StanleyCup</a><br><br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/EdmontonOilers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@EdmontonOilers</a> grab the lead back with Leon Draisaitl's second of the game! ????????<br><br>????????: <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a> ➡️ <a href="https://t.co/Pp9X7OGP3W">https://t.co/Pp9X7OGP3W</a><br>????????: <a href="https://twitter.com/Sportsnet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Sportsnet</a> or stream on Sportsnet+ ➡️ <a href="https://t.co/sEijvXhbA1">https://t.co/sEijvXhbA1</a> <a href="https://t.co/oISIWvlT0J">pic.twitter.com/oISIWvlT0J</a>

Adrian Kempe scored to bring the Kings within one with just over two minutes remaining.

Los Angeles then pulled the goaltender, but Draisaitl drew a penalty to bring things back to even strength and allow the Oilers to seal the win.

Including the series-clinching go-ahead goal, Draisaitl closed out the first round with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in five games.

Draisaitl has now been on-ice for 18 of Edmonton's 22 goals playoff goals thus far (82%).

I spend most of the season listening to Draisaitl detractors. I always tell them talk to me in the playoffs. Tonight is exhibit A. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LetsGoOilers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LetsGoOilers</a>

McDavid meanwhile made history with his pair of assists, which increased his first-round point total to 12 points (one goal, 11 assists.)

Connor McDavid assisted on both of Leon Draisaitl's goals to boost his totals in the First Round to 1-11—12 (5 GP) and joined an elite list in the process. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StanleyCup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StanleyCup</a><br><br>Catch him in action on <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ESPN</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/Sportsnet?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Sportsnet</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/TVASports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TVASports</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHLStats?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NHLStats</a>: <a href="https://t.co/zVtyWjUNDt">https://t.co/zVtyWjUNDt</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ypj1BQrmtA">pic.twitter.com/Ypj1BQrmtA</a>

That was the Oilers' 21st goal of the series. Connor McDavid has an assist on 11 of them and has scored one of them. In five games.

McDavid's ability to raise his level (somehow) in the playoffs is incredible. Same for Draisaitl. Their career points per game in the playoffs rank 3rd &amp; 4th all-time behind Gretzky &amp; Lemieux. Outrageous that they don't have a Cup Final appearance. Almost impossible to fathom… <a href="https://t.co/0wYhMwhsUq">https://t.co/0wYhMwhsUq</a>

McDavid's power play orchestration is truly a treat to watch. It's so unique and puts the other team at such a disadvantage because it's a look no other team can create

The Kings will now suffer their third straight first-round exit at the hands of the Oilers, continuing what is now almost a decade of early playoff exits.