Game 17; 11-6-0
LOS ANGELES — Having split the first four games of their homestand, the Los Angeles Kings were looking to end it on a high note before hitting the road for five. Despite not playing their best game of the year, the silver-and-black got the breaks they needed as they edged the Edmonton Oilers by a 4-3 count.
The Kings got the start they were looking for as they wasted little time in jumping out in front.
Just 1:12 into the contest, Marian Gaborik shoveled his second past an unprepared Cam Talbot. The goal came off a behind-the-net turnover from ex-King Andrej Sekera, who coughed up it up to Tanner Pearson before quickly feeding Gaborik for the tally.
Gaborik would then contribute on Los Angeles’s next goal as, with just 1:04 remaining in the first, he capitalized on an Edmonton turnover but his shot was stopped by Talbot. Pearson, however, jumped on the juicy rebound and turned around to score his third on the Oilers netminder to give the Kings the two-goal lead.
The Oilers, though, responded.
5:17 into the second, Taylor Hall made some nice moves around the Kings defenders before feeding Leon Draisaitl. The German youngster made no mistake, snapping his fifth past Jonathan Quick to cut the Los Angeles lead in half.
Just a few minutes later, though, the Kings regained their two-goal lead as the TLC Line struck again. Milan Lucic, who was left alone in front of the net, cashed in on his fifth as Tyler Toffoli fed him in front before beating Talbot. Jeff Carter picked up the other assist.
A while later, ex-King Teddy Purcell got the Oilers back to within a goal, floating a shot on net that beat a screened Jonathan Quick. Then, late in the third, Taylor Hall jumped on an Oscar Klefblom pass in front of Quick to score his eighth. All of a sudden, this game was tied.
The Kings, who had a relatively sloppy game for most of the night, were able to regain their lead late.
With just 1:39 to go in regulation, Nick Shore, who had not scored since two minutes into the season-opener on Oct. 7, turned around with the puck and shot it past Talbot to put the silver-and-black up for good. Tanner Pearson picked up the assist.
Jonathan Quick was back in goal after being given the night off on Thursday and he played very well in his return. Despite allowing three goals, Quick was sharp, making timely saves, especially late, to keep the Oilers from taking the lead. Quick made 22 saves en route to his team’s victory.
It may not have been pretty but the Kings do close out their homestand with a win, and earn consecutive victories for the first time since their seven-game winning streak. Saturday also marked the end of a five-game streak where the Kings scored at least one power-play goal.
When this one was all said and done, though, it was two more points for the Kings as they improve to 2-0-0 against Edmonton this season.
It is now time to head east and a couple days off for the Kings as they will next prepare for their next gane: a Tuesday night date in the City of Brotherly Love. There, they will face ex-King Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers.