Game 75; 45-25-5
LOS ANGELES — Things got off to a fast start and it continued that way for much of the first period. But in the end, despite a late scare, the Los Angeles Kings held on to defeat the Edmonton Oilers by a 6-4 count, effectively sweeping the season series against their division rivals.
Just 16 seconds into the game, Tyler Toffoli potted his 28th past rookie netminder Laurent Brossoit to give Los Angeles the early lead. That lead, though, was short-lived as Jordan Eberle tied the game just 22 seconds later.
A little later in the frame, the Oilers took the lead as Connor McDavid knocked his 15th past Jonathan Quick. But that lead was also short-lived as Jeff Carter sniped his 1th just 27 seconds later to tie it.
In the third, Patrick Maroon scored twice to pull Edmonton to within a goal, but Jeff Carter sealed it with an empty-netter — his 20th and second of the evening — to end the Kings’ three-game losing skid.
Overall, Tyler Toffoli was the most dangerous player on the ice on this night as he added a pair of assists to his two goals for a four-point night. Milan Lucic wasn’t far behind with a three-assist night while Brayden McNabb finished the evening with two helpers. Jeff Carter also added an assist as did Luke Schenn, Jake Muzzin and even Jonathan Quick who picked up his 250th-career victory in the process. The win also places Quick in a tie with the legendary Johnny Bower for 49th on the NHL’s all-time list.
Next up for the Kings will be a Monday night date in San Jose against the Sharks.