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Kings snap skid, scoring slump with 5-2 win in Edmonton

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

Five different players scored as the Kings snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday night, dismantling the Edmonton Oilers in a 5-2 win at Rexall Place.

The Kings combined for five goals in their previous four games leading into Tuesday night, but they rose out of their scoring slump in commanding fashion against former teammate Ben Scrivens – who hasn’t had the best support with the Oilers this season.

Matt Greene buried his third goal of the campaign nine minutes into the contest to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. As Edmonton’s defense collapsed deep in their own zone, Kopitar fed Greene a backhand pass which the Kings’ defensemen corralled before firing a slap shot through traffic and past Scrivens.

Trevor Lewis tacked on to the early lead, scoring with 59 seconds to play in the first, giving the Kings a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. It was Lewis’ ninth goal of the season.

“It was a big game for us,” Lewis said following the win. “It was a big win and I think we came out well. Maybe sat back in the second period, but overall I think we played pretty well tonight.”

The Kings were quick to get back to work in the second; Jeff Carter deflecting home the Kings’ third goal of the night on a shorthanded bid. Carter worked a quick little give-and-go sequence with Tyler Toffoli before beating Scrivens through the five-hole with a nifty one-handed redirection.

Edmonton’s Luke Gazdic got the Oilers on the board later in the second, but Kyle Clifford responded just over three minutes later, scoring his fourth goal of the season to give the Kings a 4-1 lead.

Anze Kopitar all but put the game away 26 seconds into the third period when he upped the Kings’ lead to 5-1 when he beat Ben Scrivens with a shot from the top of the Oilers’ zone. Upon receiving a pass from Trevor Lewis, Kopitar took a shot through the legs of Edmonton’s Jeff Schultz, disrupting Scrivens’ view of the puck.

“Well I mean with Kopi, he’s always open, you’ve always got an out to him,” Lewis said in regards to playing on Kopitar’s line lately. “I just try to give them the puck and get to the net, then good things will happen.”

The Kings didn’t gain any ground in the standings with both teams that they’re chasing, the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild, each picking up victories Tuesday evening. The Kings are tied with the Flames for the Pacific Division’s third and final playoff spot with 72 points apiece, but Calgary owns the tiebreaker. The Kings are three points behind the Minnesota Wild for the Western Conference’s second and final wild-card spot.

Anze Kopitar (1G, 2A) and Trevor Lews (1G, 2A) led all Kings players in points scored (3), Kyle Clifford in shots taken (6), Brayden McNabb in hits delivered (4), Drew Doughty in shots blocked (5), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (28:12). Jonathan Quick made 21 saves in the win.

With the win, the Kings record improves to 30-21-12; their mark on the road away from STAPLES Center jumps to 10-14-6. The Kings are now headed back to Los Angeles to begin a quick two-game home stand; they’ll host the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at STAPLES Center; the puck is slated to drop just after 7:30PM PT.

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