03/09 22:00 CDT Kings cruise to 7th straight win, 4-2 over Oilers
Kings cruise to 7th straight win, 4-2 over Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) --- Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist as the Los
Angeles Kings won their seventh straight with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton
Oilers on Sunday night.
Alec Martinez and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings, who have their
longest winning streak since taking nine in a row from Jan. 21-Feb. 6, 2010.
Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner responded for the Oilers, who had a two-game winning
streak snapped and were outshot 50-27.
The Kings got off to a quick start, scoring on the game's first shot 1:36 into
the contest. Carter's shot was going wide, but hit the skate of defenseman
Philip Larsen and got past a surprised Ben Scrivens in the Oilers net.
Edmonton tied it 7 minutes into the opening period as David Perron made a
nifty no-look backhand pass to Hall, who made a move before sending a
backhander through Kings starter Jonathan Quick's legs. It was Hall's 22nd goal
of the season and 60th point.
Los Angeles outshot Edmonton 12-5 in the first period.
Scrivens continued to be tested, making a huge kick save on Marian Gaborik's
blast eight minutes into the second period --- the Kings' 20th shot of the game.
Los Angeles took the lead less than a minute later as Martinez's point shot
seemed to hit something in front on its way into the Edmonton net.
Carter got another odd goal midway through the second period as Scrivens
blocked Anze Kopitar's shot, but the rebound caromed off the back of Carter's
leg and in. It was Carter's 24th goal of the season.
The Kings made it 4-1 with four minutes left in the middle frame as Carter fed
a pass to a hard-charging Lewis, who fluttered a shot that Scrivens could only
wave his glove at. It was just Lewis' third goal in 56 games this season.
It was Edmonton's turn to get a lucky bounce early in the third with the teams
playing four aside as Gagner tried to feed Ryan Smyth at the side of the net,
but it hit defenseman Drew Doughty in front and went in to make it 4-2. It was
Gagner's first goal in 16 games.
NOTES: It was the third of four games this season between the Oilers and Kings.
The Kings won the two previous games, both played in Los Angeles. The Kings
held a 13-1-4 in their past 18 games against Edmonton. ... The Oilers have had
their troubles against Pacific Division opponents, coming in with only four
wins against them this season, two of those wins coming against Calgary. ...
Scrivens played his first game against his old team since being traded from the
Kings to the Oilers in mid-January. ... Remaining out for the Oilers was D
Anton Belov (partially torn oblique).