Game 14: Kings Win 3-1, improve to 6-6-2
EDMONTON – The Los Angeles Kings entered Rexall Place hoping to avenge last month’s heartbreaking loss against the Oilers and they did just that, beating Edmontonby a 3-1 score, kicking off their road swing in Alberta on a high note.
After a scoreless first period, Colin Fraser opened the scoring with his first of the year to put the Kings out in front. After Sam Gagner scored on the power play later in the period to even things up, the sore remained status quo until the final minute of regulation when Trevor Lewis shot a wrister towards the net where it was tipped by Jeff Carter and into the net past Nikolai Khabibulin.
Carter’s seventh proved to be the game-winner as Jarret Stoll put his third into an empty net just 28 seconds later to give Los Angeles a very important two points.
En route to the win, Jonathan Quick played very well, stopping 23 of 24 shots. As for being disciplined, the Kings only took one penalty in the first which they killed off but took three in the second, one of which the Oilers scored on. Thankfully, the Kings didn’t take any penalties in the third (neither did Edmonton) and their defense stepped it up, preventing the Oilers from taking a lead which ultimately opened the door for Los Angeles’ late game-winner.
They may not have gotten on the scoreboard early but Quick and his defense were on their game in the opening frame leading to a much a stronger start than Sunday in Chicago. It’s a little by little process and the Kings certainly did well in said department.
It’s no rest for the Kings though as they are right back at it on Wednesday night when they travel to the Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames. It should be a good one.