|LAK||2||1||1||(0 - 0)||4|
|EDM||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings pushed aside the Edmonton Oilers to take the Pacific Division lead.
Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist in the Kings' 4-1 victory Friday night.
"We came out strong right off the hop and kind of denied that loose game that they wanted to play," Kopitar said. "We came out and played a good system game and it led to all of the breakdowns on their part. It was good for us to make it a little easier on Quick so he doesn't have to bail us out every time."
"We got the two points. That's what we want," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "All of the games are really important right now. It was a funny first period. They have all that skill over there with those kids and they were wheeling and dealing and we had to make some adjustments to handle them."
Jonathan Quick made 13 saves, allowing only Jordan Eberle's power-play goal.
"They were stronger and more determined than us," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "The Kings are a desperate team. They were right there on the cusp of being in the playoffs and they are playing with every bit of urgency you can possibly imagine. And we're hanging on for dear life trying not to embarrass ourselves. When you do that, that's exactly what happens."
Los Angeles scored on its first shot of the game when Dwight King took a long shot that Kopitar tipped through Nikolai Khabibulin's legs at 52 seconds for his 25th goal.
Edmonton countered at 1:34 on a power play when Eberle snapped a shot from the right faceoff dot that went just inside of the post past Quick. Eberle has 33 goals this season. Rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins picked up an assist for his 50th point.
The Kings made it 2-1 midway through the first on Richard's short-handed breakaway. Jeff Petry missed the puck at the point on an Edmonton power play, and Richards sped away and beat Khabibulin with a backhander.
The Kings took a 3-1 lead 6:44 into the second period when Doughty's power-play point shot hit a defender's and deflected past Khabibulin. Martinez scored in the third period.
Notes: It was the third of four meetings between the teams. They will play again in Los Angeles on Monday night. Edmonton won the first two games. ... The Oilers recalled forward Magnus Paajarvi from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League, but had to send him back after being informed they had exceeded the number of call-ups allowed after the trade deadline.
|Anze Kopitar (25) Wrist shot - ASST: Dwight King (7), Dustin Brown (29)|
1 - 0 LAK
|PPG - Jordan Eberle (33) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Petry (22), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (32)|
1 - 1 Tie
|SHG - Mike Richards (17) Backhand shot - ASST: Willie Mitchell (15), Matt Greene (10)|
2 - 1 LAK
|PPG - Drew Doughty (10) Deflected shot - ASST: Justin Williams (36), Anze Kopitar (44)|
3 - 1 LAK
|Alec Martinez (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Greene (11), Dwight King (8)|
4 - 1 LAK
|Matt Greene Hooking against Ryan Smyth|
|Sam Gagner Holding against Drew Doughty|
|Anze Kopitar Tripping against Jordan Eberle|
|Ryan Jones Roughing against Jarret Stoll|
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Hooking against Mike Richards|
|Justin Williams Interference on goalkeeper against Nikolai Khabibulin|
|Andy Sutton Boarding against Dustin Brown|
|Ales Hemsky Hooking against Anze Kopitar|
|Corey Potter Roughing against Colin Fraser|
|Colin Fraser Slashing against Corey Potter|
|Ryan Smyth Slashing against Brad Richardson|
|Darcy Hordichuk Misconduct (10 min) against Brad Richardson|
|Brad Richardson Slashing against Darcy Hordichuk|
|Ryan Smyth Roughing against Brad Richardson|
|SA: 14||TOI: 59:56|
|Saves: 13||EV: 13 - 13|
|PIM: 0||PP: 0 - 1|
|SV%: .929||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 32||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 28||EV: 25 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .875||SH: 0 - 1|