A gorgeous, but controversial glove save made by Jonathan Quick
on Connor McDavid in the final seconds secured a 3-2 win for the Kings over the Edmonton Oilers Sunday evening at Rexall Place, their fifth-straight.
The Kings bounced back from an early one-goal deficit, and didn’t cave when the Oilers scored a game-tying goal with six minutes to play in regulation.
A mere 1:22 after Benoit Pouliot got the Oilers on the board in the first, Jeff Carter responded with his third goal of the season, keeping the Kings in check with a feisty, offensively aggressive Edmonton roster.
Carter, with the puck low in Edmonton’s zone, cycled the puck up to Milan Lucic along the sideboards, who fired a shot on Cam Talbot. Carter, following the play by driving to the net, slammed the rebound off of Lucic’s slot through a small opening between Talbot’s pad and the right post.
In a very impressive second period, where the Kings outshot the Oilers 13-5, Anze Kopitar
tacked on his third goal of the campaign, and his second in as many games, to give the club a 2-1 lead.
The Kings, forcing a turnover in the neutral zone, quickly transitioned and drove Edmonton’s zone hard. Kyle Clifford, who started the break, dropped off a pass to Kopitar, who was speeding down the left side. Kopitar, after controlling the puck, fired off a laser of a wrist-shot, beating Talbot high to the left corner.
Only one infraction was called against the Kings in the third, but it was costly, leading to the Oilers’ second goal of the evening, when Taylor Hall redirected a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot/pass past Jonathan Quick
to knot the score with 6:04 to play.
The Kings would get a power play of their own shortly thereafter, responding with a special teams marker of their own. Jake Muzzin fired a shot into traffic in front of Edmonton’s net, and Tanner Pearson, who was in prime position, corralled the loose puck and snuck it past Talbot to give the Kings a 3-2 lead with 4:26 remaining in regulation.
With the Oilers buzzing as they iced an extra attacker during the final minute, Jonathan Quick
stunned Connor McDavid when he made a reach-across glove save on the rookie with three seconds left on the clock.
Quick’s save was a controversial one, but the refs called Toronto for evaluation, and there was no irrefutable evidence that showed McDavid’s shot did in fact cross the goal line.
Drew Doughty (2A) led all Kings players in points scored (2), Dustin Brown in shots taken (8), Milan Lucic in hits delivered (6), Jake Muzzin in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (25:27). Jonathan Quick made 26 saves in the win.
The Kings will finish their road trip Tuesday night when they take on the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre, with the puck scheduled to drop just after 5:00PM PST.