LOS ANGELES – Nick Shore
buried his second goal of the season with 1:39 left to play to bump the Kings to a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night at STAPLES Center.
The Kings worked with a lead for over three-fourths of the game, but the Oilers wouldn’t die, making sure Saturday’s affair came down to the final moments.
Marian Gaborik, who’s been struggling offensively this season, got the Kings on the board immediately, scoring his second goal of the season 1:17 minutes into the contest.
While the Kings worked with the puck in the Oilers’ zone, Tanner Pearson was ferocious on the forecheck, causing Andrej Sekera to cough up the puck, which Gaborik scooped up and chipped past Cam Talbot.
With one minute to play in the first, Tanner Pearson
struck to give the Kings a 2-0 lead. Marian Gaborik
disrupted Oilers’ puck possession in the Kings’ zone, then flew through the neutral zone to fire a shot on Talbot. Pearson, following the play, hopped on Gaborik’s rebound, and while spinning, fired a shot high past Edmonton’s goaltender to score.
Gaborik, with his assist on Pearson’s goal, equaled his season-total in points in the first period.
Leon Draisaitl got the Oilers on the board five minutes into the second, snapping home a pass from Taylor Hall past Jonathan Quick.
Three minutes after Draisaitl’s marker, Milan Lucic potted his fifth goal of the season to reclaim the Kings’ two-goal lead.
With phenomenal puck movement in Edmonton’s zone, Jeff Carter dropped a pass to Tyler Toffoli slong the sideboards, who then found Lucic alone with a pass in the slot, which he shot through the five-hole of Cam Talbot.
Lucic now has goals in two straight games, and three in the last four.
Former King Teddy Purcell brought the Oilers to within one late in the second, and Taylor Hall knotted the score 3-3 five minutes into the third.
As a late power play expired for the Kings with under two minutes to play in regulation, Tanner Pearson cut off an Oilers clearing attempt, fired a shot on net from a sharp angle, and Nick Shore, positioned high in the slot, recovered the loose rebound, spun and beat Talbot with a shot low to the blocker side.
Pearson, with his assist on Shore’s game-winning goal, totaled three points (1G, 2A) during the game, and now has seven points (2G, 5A) in the last six games.
Tanner Pearson (1G, 2A) led all Kings players in points scored (3), five different players in shots taken (3), Trevor Lewis in hits delivered (4), Alec Martinez in shots blocked (3), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (27:18). Jonathan Quick made 22 saves in the win.
The Kings will now venture out on a five-game road trip, starting Tuesday night when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center, with the puck slated to drop just after 4:00PM PST.