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Three-goal flurry ignites Kings' 5-2 win

by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

Three goals in a 1:36 minute span early in the second period incited the Kings’ 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night at Rexall Place.

For the Kings, it was their final visit to the Oilers’ home since 1974, and with the win, earned points in 16 of their last 17 trips to the old barn, posting a 13-1-3 mark that dated back to February 28, 2008. The Kings also snapped Edmonton’s seven-game win streak on home-ice, and are now a perfect 3-0-0 on their current four-game road trip.

Dwight King, who had yet to play this season after requiring foot surgery when getting injured in a preseason game against Colorado, made a surprise return to the Kings’ lineup. The power forward was quick to make an impression, scoring the first goal of the evening early in the second period.

King, entering the zone hard on a forecheck with Dustin Brown, recovered a loose puck low in the corner, and from just above the goal line, took a couple of steps toward Edmonton’s net to fire a shot that ricochet off the backside of Cam Talbot and into the net.

On the ensuing shift, Andy Andreoff drove the puck deep into the Oilers’ zone. Michael Mersch, providing support on the play, got control of the puck, walked out in front of Edmonton’s crease and stuffed the puck through Talbot’s five-hole.

For Mersch, it was his first-career NHL goal. Andy Andreoff’s assist on Mersch’s marker was his first of the season.

A mere 16 seconds later, Tyler Toffoli corralled a puck that trickled out of Anze Kopitar’s control and quickly snapped a shot high past Cam Talbot’s glove side to give the Kings a three-goal lead.

The Kings’ three goals in 96 seconds was certainly fast, but the quickest three goals scored in franchise history came in St. Louis on March 2, 1989, When Steve Duchesne (2) and Wayne Gretzky combined to net three in 41 ticks.

Cam Talbot was pulled for backup Anders Nilsson after the Kings’ three-goal flurry.

Benoit Pouliot got the Oilers on the board midway through the second period.

The Kings’ three-goal lead was quickly regained when Trevor Lewis buried his fourth of the season with five minute to play in the second.

On a three-on-two sequence entering Edmonton’s zone, Dwight King left a drop-pass for Dustin Brown, who then found Trevor Lewis with a cross-ice feed as he fled toward the back-door. Lewis, upon catching Browns pass, shot the puck past a sprawling Anders Nilsson.

In the third, Mark Letestu got the Oilers back to within two when he scored two minutes into the final frame.

With eight minutes to play in regulation, Dustin Brown all but iced the game, scoring his fourth goal of the season to give the Kings a 5-2 lead. Brown found his way to the front of the net while a Trevor Lewis rebound ruffled around Edmonton’s crease. The puck eventually squeaked out, and Brown chipped it up and over Nilsson.

The Kings have scored a combined 10 goals in their last two games.

Trevor Lewis (1G, 2A) and Dustin Brown (1G, 2A) led all Kings players in points scored (3), Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez in shots taken (4), Trevor Lewis and Dustin Brown in hits delivered (5), four different players in shots blocked (4), and Drew Doughty in minutes played (31:10). Jonathan Quick made 42 saves in the win.

The Kings will complete their four-game road trip Thursday night when they take on the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome, where the puck is scheduled to drop just after 6:00 PM PST.




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