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Kings' offense goes haywire in 6-4 win over Edmonton

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Kings came out on top of an offensive joust Saturday night in their 6-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers at STAPLES Center.

It took the Kings a mere 16 seconds to find the back of the net, and followed their early push with a flurry of goals. They were welcoming results for a team that scored just four goals during a three-game road trip which saw them heavily outshoot their opponents.

“With all of the chances that we had in Minnesota and Winnipeg and not being able to bury those opportunities, we put a lot of onus on that heading into tonight’s game,” said Milan Lucic. “For us, it was a great job offensively to get the goals and make it count.”

Tyler Toffoli buried the first goal of the evening when he deflected a Brayden McNabb shot and stuffed home the ensuing rebound to give the Kings a 1-0 lead on the night’s opening shift.

Edmonton answered the bell 22 seconds later when Jordan Eberle scored to tie the game.

The Oilers took a 2-1 lead 9:53 into the game when Vincent Lecavalier fumbled a puck in front of the Kings’ net, Connor McDavid credited for the goal.

Just 27 seconds after McDavid gave the Oilers the lead, Jeff Carter hopped on a loose puck and swung around traffic to bury a tough-angle shot past Laurent Brossoit to tie the game 2-2.

In the second, Tyler Toffoli registered his second goal of the game when he received a pass in the neutral zone and fled past Edmonton defenders to beat Brossoit with a shot high to the glove side three minutes into the middle frame.

Milan Lucic recorded an assist on the Kings’ first three goals, tying his career-high for assists in a single game.

With just under seven minutes to play in the second, Andy Andreoff gave the Kings a 4-2 lead when he chipped a loose puck through a scrum in front of Edmonton’s net that found its way past Brossoit.

Late in the second, Trevor Lewis recovered an Oilers turnover, swung out from behind Edmonton’s net and fired a wrist shot to give the Kings a 5-2 lead.

Former Duck Patrick Maroon scored a pair of goals in the third period to bring the Oilers back to within a goal.

Jeff Carter scored an empty-net goal with 33 seconds left on the clock to secure the Kings’ 6-4 win.

Tyler Toffoli finished the night with four points (2G, 2A), tying his career-high for points in a single game.

The Kings finished their season series against the Oilers with a perfect 5-0-0 record, and also extended their franchise-long home winning streak against Edmonton to nine games; they have not lost to the Oilers at STAPLES Center since November 3, 2011.

Tyler Toffoli (2G, 2A) led all Kings players in points scored (4), Tyler Toffoli in shots taken (5), Drew Doughty and Luke Schenn in hits delivered (4), Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez in shots blocked (3), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (23:37). Jonathan Quick made 25 saves in the win.

The Kings now venture out for a one-game road trip to take on the San Jose Sharks Monday night at the SAP Center, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 7:00PM PST.

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