The Los Angeles Kings made it 7 straight wins with a solid 4-2 win over former teammate Ben Scrivens and the Edmonton Oilers.
Jeff Carter led the way with 2 goal and an assist for the Kings, although neither goal will make his personal highlight reel. He opened the scoring 1:36 in after Tyler Toffoli created a turnover in the Edmonton zone. Carter picked up the loose puck and circled in the slot, and tried to center a pass back to Toffoli, but it deflected off the shin pad of Oilers defender Philip Larsen and past Scrivens.
Oilers winger Taylor Hall tied it up before the midway point of the period, bursting in at full speed and taking a pass from David Perron and tucking it 5 hole on Jonathan Quick. That was the lone bright spot for Edmonton, as the Kings scored 3 times in a 7 minute span in the second to put the game out of reach.
Alec Martinez opened that run when he put a point shot through traffic that Scrivens couldn’t see coming. Scrivens did see the Anze Kopitar shot on a Kings’ power play, but he couldn’t control the rebound, and it went in off the skate of an unsuspecting Carter who was looking the other way to find the puck. Carter’s best play of the game might have come on his assist, as his forecheck created the turnover in the Edmonton zone, and he picked the puck up and centered to Trevor Lewis who was all alone in front of his former teammate and put it by him to cap the run and give LA a 4-1 lead.
The second period ended with a scrum that saw Kings winger Jordan Nolan sucker-punch Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu, earning him a double minor and perhaps a phone call from Brendan Shanahan and the NHL’s department of player safety today.
Edmonton got one back early in the third, while the teams were playing 4 on 4. Sam Gagner‘s attempted centering pass went in off Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and past Quick, but the Oilers would get no closer. The Kings extend their winning streak to 7 games.
They will be right back at it on Monday night when they make the short trip to Calgary to face the Flames.