FINAL OT
WPG
4
CAR
3
FINAL
FLA
1
CBJ
4
FINAL
MTL
1
NYR
4
FINAL
PIT
5
BUF
3
FINAL
NSH
4
DET
1
FINAL
COL
4
CGY
1
FINAL
LAK
4
EDM
1
FINAL
DAL
2
VAN
5
LAK
40-27-15
EDM
32-40-10

32 SOG
14 SOG

Kings down Oilers 4-1, take Pacific lead

NHL.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Call them the first-place Los Angeles Kings -- at least for a night.

The Kings jumped over Dallas and into the top spot in the Pacific Division as Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist in a methodical 4-1 victory in Edmonton on Friday night. The win, combined with Dallas' 5-2 loss at Vancouver, moved Los Angeles one point ahead of Dallas and Phoenix and two in front of San Jose with eight days remaining in the season. The division winner gets the third seed in the West when the playoffs start on April 11.

"You're looking at the standings, but you're just trying to get ready for the day-to-day, getting ready to play games," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "We all understand that if we win our games and take care of our business, we have a good opportunity to finish in third."

The Kings, who began the day in eighth place in the West, also got goals by Mike Richards, Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez while limiting Edmonton (31-38-9) to 14 shots against Jonathan Quick.

"We were flat, we didn't respond like we needed to," Oilers coach Tom Renney said after his team lost for the second time in three nights. "[We needed to] play hard, get in their grill."

Both teams got off to a fast start, but only the Kings (39-27-12) were able to build on it.

Los Angeles scored on its first shot of the game when Dwight King's long shot was tipped by Kopitar through the legs of goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin just 52 seconds after the opening faceoff.

Edmonton got that goal back at 1:34 on the power play as Jordan Eberle snapped a shot from the right faceoff dot that went just inside of the post past Quick. It was Eberle's 33rd goal of the season; rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assisted for his 50th point.

L.A. went ahead to stay midway through the period while killing a penalty. Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry missed a puck at the point on an Edmonton power play and Richards raced in on a breakaway before lifting a backhander shot past Khabibulin.

With linemate Jeff Carter sidelined with an injury, Richards was among the Kings who had to step up his game.

"It was a big game for us, after the schedule we've had," Richards said. "We didn't want to come in here and take them lightly. You put the onus on the older guys to play well and take a step forward, and I thought our leaders led tonight, starting with Brownie and [Matt Greene] and right through, with Kopi and everyone else."

The Kings outshot Edmonton 9-2 in the first period, then took a 3-1 lead at 6:44 of the second when Doughty's power-play point shot hit the stick of a defender and deflected into the net.

The Oilers found themselves with just four defensemen midway through the second after Petry took a puck in the face and joined Ladislav Smid in the dressing room. Smid suffered a neck injury late in the first.

"He went for a cat scan to see if there's any fracture," Renney said of Petry. "So far it looks good, it's just precautionary."

Quick made big glove stops on Nugent-Hopkins and Andy Sutton late in the second, and Martinez pumped home a rebound 7:45 into the third for some insurance.

"He made two big saves at the end of the second," coach Darryl Sutter said of Quick. "It was that kind of a game. They're playing for different reasons. A bunch of young guys, and we're trying to stay with it and he made two big saves there."

Edmonton has been out of the playoff race for weeks, but Brown said the Kings did a good job of not taking the Oilers for granted -- a trap they'll have to avoid again Saturday night in Minnesota against another non-playoff team.

"At this point in the year, a team like the Oilers is a very dangerous team. They have nothing to play for and they have a lot of high skill," he said. "It's a playoff game for us, so we had to play hard and kind of get on them early, and we did a good job of playing a physical game and just jumping on them from the get-go."

Material from team media was used in this report
1st2nd3rdT
LAK
EDM
Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:52LAK Anze Kopitar (25) ASST: Dwight King (7), Dustin Brown (29) 1 - 0 LAK
01:34EDM PPG - Jordan Eberle (33) ASST: Jeff Petry (22), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (32) 1 - 1 Tie
10:48LAK SHG - Mike Richards (17) ASST: Willie Mitchell (15), Matt Greene (10) 2 - 1 LAK
2nd Period
06:44LAK PPG - Drew Doughty (10) ASST: Justin Williams (36), Anze Kopitar (44) 3 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
07:45LAK Alec Martinez (5) ASST: Matt Greene (11), Dwight King (8) 4 - 1 LAK
Three Stars of the Game
Mike Richards
1st
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:01
Anze Kopitar
2nd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 18:30
Dwight King
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:11
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:09LAK Matt Greene  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
06:22EDM Sam Gagner  Holding against  Drew Doughty
10:05LAK Anze Kopitar  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
18:25EDM Ryan Jones  Roughing against  Jarret Stoll
2nd Period
05:01EDM Ryan Nugent-Hopkins  Hooking against  Mike Richards
11:15LAK Justin Williams  Interference on goalkeeper against  Nikolai Khabibulin
15:36EDM Andy Sutton  Boarding against  Dustin Brown
3rd Period
01:22EDM Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Anze Kopitar
05:12EDM Corey Potter  Roughing against  Colin Fraser
05:12LAK Colin Fraser  Slashing against  Corey Potter
16:14EDM Ryan Smyth  Slashing against  Brad Richardson
16:14EDM Darcy Hordichuk  Misconduct (10 min) against  Brad Richardson
16:14LAK Brad Richardson  Slashing against  Darcy Hordichuk
16:14EDM Ryan Smyth  Roughing against  Brad Richardson
shots by period
PeriodLAKEDM
1st92
2nd88
3rd154
Total3214
Team Stats
CategoryLAKEDM
Power Plays1/61/3
Hits1923
Faceoff Wins3017
Giveaways1216
Takeaways48
Blocked Shots825
Penalty Minutes1026
  • LOS ANGELES
  • EDMONTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2M. GreeneD0223216:39
7R. ScuderiD0000018:06
8D. DoughtyD1003022:01
10M. RichardsC1014020:01
11A. KopitarC1121218:30
13K. CliffordL0002011:21
14J. WilliamsR0114220:47
15B. RichardsonR000129:45
22T. LewisC0002014:45
23D. BrownR0123019:03
24C. FraserC0003211:55
25D. PennerR0001012:29
26S. VoynovD0012021:27
27A. MartinezD1012015:02
28J. StollC0000014:19
33W. MitchellD0120021:55
71J. NolanC0000010:23
74D. KingL0221015:11
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
32J. Quick1314.92959:56
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5L. SmidD00-1007:52
6R. WhitneyD0000023:47
10S. HorcoffC00-10018:27
14J. EberleR10-21019:03
15N. SchultzD00-10026:02
16D. HordichukL0001107:15
25A. SuttonD00-12220:22
28R. JonesL00-12215:24
37L. PetrellL0000013:22
44C. PotterD00-11222:23
54C. VandeVeldeC0000010:44
55B. EagerL000108:46
56T. HartikainenC0001010:52
58J. PetryD01-20015:24
83A. HemskyR00-12215:47
89S. GagnerC0001215:57
93Nugent-HopkinsC01-22217:43
94R. SmythL00-20417:07
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35N. Khabibulin2832.87560:00