Kings Take 7th Straight Win, 4-2 Over Oilers
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EDMONTON, Alberta (CBSLA.com/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, who won both previous games against Edmonton this season in Los Angeles, 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, who has won only four games against Pacific Division teams this year, tied it 7 1/2 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.
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