Game 60; 36-20-4
LOS ANGELES — They had to play catch-up but the Los Angeles Kings prevailed as they defeated the Edmonton Oilers by a 2-1 count to improve to a perfect 4-0-0 against their Pacific rivals this season. The win also puts the Kings at 2-0-0 on their three-game homestand and gives them three-straight wins for the first time since Jan. 2 to improve to 36 wins and 76 points on the year.
It was a slow start for the silver-and-black who were outshot by a 7-1 margin to open the game. To their credit, though, the Kings held tight, especially Jonathan Quick who kept the game scoreless for much of the first two periods.
Quick, though, could not stop them all as Zach Kassian open the scoring with just 1:05 remaining in the second to give Edmonton the 1-0 lead.
While the proverbial wind appeared to be taken out of their sails, the Kings did enter Thursday’s contest with six wins when trail after two periods. Make that seven.
5:27 into the third, the Kings broke through as the updated That 70’s Line of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King teamed up to tie the game. Toffoli took a shot on netminder Cam Talbot that trickled behind him. There, Jeff Carter pounced on the loose puck to bat home his 15th. But the trio struck again, this time at the 14:10 mark when Dwight King tipped home his sixth off a Jeff Carter wrist shot to give Los Angeles their first lead of the night — a lead they would not relinquish as the Kings come from behind for another win.
King, Carter and Toffoli each had two points while Jonathan Quick stole the show on his end making 26 saves to pick up his 31st win of the campaign.
Luke Schenn led the way for Los Angeles with six hits while Jake Muzzin and Milan Lucic each had five.
Both teams were very well-disciplined in this one as each side committed just one penalty each.
Overall, while their defense could have helped their netminder out a bit more, the Kings played a solid game, but so did the Oilers. In fact, the latter was the stronger through the opening 40 minutes despite ultimately falling short.
For the Kings, they enter the weekend looking for their fourth-straight win as they close out their mini homestand on Saturday night against Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres.