EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Petr Nedved is fitting in perfectly with the Edmonton Oilers.
Nedved, acquired from the New York Rangers on March 3, scored his 300th career goal to help the Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Friday night.
With the Oilers protecting a one-goal lead late in the second period, Nedved carried the puck to the right of goalie Roman Cechmanek and scored on a high backhand shot.
``A great goal, a goal scorer's goal,'' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. ``Petr, I thought played well again tonight. That's why we were as excited as we were to get him _ that reason right there.''
Nedved has four goals and six assists since joining the Oilers.
``Definitely, it's a nice feeling, but the most important thing is that it gave us a little more cushion going into the third period,'' Nedved said. ``They kind of took over in the second period.''
Fernando Pisani and Ryan Smyth also scored for the Oilers, seventh in the Western Conference. Edmonton has earned at least a point in 15 consecutive games, and hasn't had a regulation loss since Feb. 25 in Anaheim.
``We're in a must-win situation and it just goes to show what kind of character players that we have on this team,'' Pisani said. ``We have to win games and that's the way we have to play.''
Ian Laperriere scored for Los Angeles. The Kings have lost six straight and will need a furious finish in their last five games to catch St. Louis for the final playoff spot.
``We gave too much of the physical side,'' said disappointed Kings coach Andy Murray. ``When that's happening, you get the type of shot opportunities that they were getting.''
Edmonton took advantage of an early five-on-three power-play when Pisani scored off a cross-crease feed from Adam Oates. The goal was Pisani's 15th of the season and fourth in three games.
Smyth made it 2-0 when he recovered a giveaway from defenseman Jaroslav Modry and quickly deposited a shot past Cechmanek.
The Oilers dominated the period, outshooting the Kings 18-5.
Los Angeles got back into the game 2:33 into the second on Laperriere's 10th goal. Scott Ferguson, back in the Edmonton lineup after Cory Cross was forced to sit out with a sore back, turned the puck over exactly like Modry's gaffe, which gave Laperriere an opportunity to slide a low shot past Ty Conklin.
Conklin wasn't tested often and made 18 saves.
|PPG - Fernando Pisani (15) ASST: Adam Oates (13), Marc-Andre Bergeron (16)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Ryan Smyth (22) ASST: NONE|
2 - 0 EDM
|Ian Laperriere (10) ASST: NONE|
2 - 1 EDM
|Petr Nedved (18) ASST: Radek Dvorak (33), Raffi Torres (13)|
3 - 1 EDM
|Eric Brewer Hi-sticking|
|Scott Ferguson Fighting (maj) against Jeff Cowan|
|Jeff Cowan Fighting (maj) against Scott Ferguson|
|Luc Robitaille Cross checking|
|Joe Corvo Slashing|
|Adam Oates Interference against Luc Robitaille|
|Joe Corvo Holding against Ryan Smyth|
|Brad Isbister Hi-sticking against Anson Carter|
|Jarret Stoll Illegal stick|
|Sean Avery Holding against Steve Staios|