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Toffoli scores twice in Kings win against Oilers

Carter has goal, two assists for L.A.; Edmonton's McDavid extends point streak to nine games

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Toffoli nets PPG for second goal

EDM@LAK: Toffoli pots PPG for second goal of game

Jeff Carter sends a backhand pass to Tyler Toffoli, who quickly shovels the puck into the net on the power play for his second goal of the game

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LOS ANGELES -- Tyler Toffoli had two goals and an assist for the Los Angeles Kings in their fifth straight win at home, 5-1 against the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center on Thursday.

Jeff Carter had a goal and two assists, Michael Amadio had a goal and an assist, and Drew Doughty had three assists for the Kings (9-12-1), who have won four of their past five games and are 6-1-0 in their past seven at home. Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for the win.

"We want to make it hard for the opposition to come into our building," Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. "There's some tough buildings to play in. This building has and will be that building again. We're trying to create that environment, we're trying to make it hard on teams to do what they want to do in our building."

 

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Connor McDavid scored to extend his point streak to nine games, but the Oilers (14-7-3) failed to earn at least one point for the third time in 11 games (6-3-2).

Mike Smith was replaced to start the second period after allowing three goals on 12 shots. Mikko Koskinen made 16 saves in relief.

"I thought in the first [period], they really took it to us early," McDavid said. "The two periods after that, we were finding our rhythm as the game went on, but we couldn't outscore our mistakes.

Video: EDM@LAK: Toffoli snipes wrist shot from circle

Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl had his point streak end at 13 games. He had 10 goals and 18 assists during the streak, which is tied with Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Boston Bruins forwards Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak for longest in the NHL this season.

Toffoli got his first multigoal game and first three-point game of the season when he scored on the power play to make it 5-1 with 2:59 remaining.

Toffoli gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 1:32 into the game with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle over Smith's left shoulder on the rush off Carter's one-touch pass at center ice.

Kopitar made it 2-0 at 14:21 with a slap shot from the left circle.

Carter gave Los Angeles a 3-0 lead with four seconds left in the first when he scored on the rebound of a Carl Grundstrom shot.

"The goal right at the end of the first period is a poor goal to give up," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "Five seconds left, we have control of the puck at the offensive blue line, and we give up a goal. That as kind of a microcosm of where we were tonight: not good enough."

McDavid cut it to 3-1 38 seconds into the second period, scoring for the second straight game after stealing the puck from defenseman Ben Hutton in the Kings zone. He has 10 goals and 11 assists during his point streak.

It was the lone bright spot for the Oilers' top line. McDavid, Draisaitl and Zack Kassian were on the ice for each of the Kings' first three goals, and Draisaitl singled himself out for criticism afterward.

"But again, you know, if your supposedly best player, players, play the way I did, you're not going to win many games," said Draisaitl, who is tied with McDavid for the NHL lead with 44 points.

Amadio, playing his 100th NHL game, gave Los Angeles a 4-1 lead at 11:16. Tippett challenged for goaltender interference, claiming Kings forward Kyle Clifford pushed Gaetan Haas into Koskinen, but the goal was upheld by video review, and Edmonton was assessed a delay of game penalty.

Video: EDM@LAK: Carter sneaks rebound through Smith

 

They said it

"It seems like we win games and play really well, and when we lose, it's not even close. So we've got to find a way to find that consistent play." -- Oilers captain Connor McDavid

"We know we can be more competitive than we've shown. We're in so many games that we've lost early in the season … and I think you can see how much we've grown over the first 20 games. I'm just looking forward to hopefully moving up in the standings and giving a push for [the Stanley Cup] Playoffs. A lot of people don't think that's possible, but all of us in here think there's a chance at it." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty

 

Need to know

Kings forward Nikolai Prokhorkin got his first NHL assist on Amadio's goal. ... Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson played 13:37 in his return after missing 22 games because of a broken leg sustained against the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 2. It was his 500th NHL game. ... Kopitar has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the past 10 games.

 

What's next

Oilers: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Kings: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday (4 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV)

Video: Toffoli, Carter, Doughty help Kings beat Oilers, 5-1

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