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Kings' big line is too much for Oilers

Lucic-Carter-Toffoli trio combine for four goals, 10 points

by Curtis Zupke / Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have emphasized getting back to their championship form for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

They didn't exactly play Kings' hockey on Saturday, but they did end a three-game losing streak whenTyler Toffoli had two goals and two assists,Jeff Carter scored twice and Milan Lucic contributed three assists in a 6-4 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center.

The line of Toffoli, Carter and Lucic combined for four goals and 10 points. The Kings (45-25-5) nearly squandered a 5-2 lead in the third period but remained three points ahead of the second-place Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles has played one more game; the Kings play at the San Jose Sharks on Monday, the same night the Oilers host the Ducks.

"We want to get our game [at] 100 percent going into the playoffs, and playing the right way," Toffoli said. "It's a good sign when we're scoring big goals, but at the same time, we've got to tighten it up a little bit."

Video: EDM@LAK: Toffoli nets rebound 16 seconds into game

Patrick Maroon 's second goal with 3:10 remaining was set up by Connor McDavid and pulled Edmonton to 5-4, but the Oilers (30-41-7) couldn't force overtime, and Carter scored into an empty net with 32 seconds left.

The six goals equaled the Kings' total in the previous four games combined. Lucic matched a career-high in assists and Carter reached 20 goals for the ninth straight season.

"Jeff Carter's line was as good as those three guys have been all year," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "They were outstanding."

Video: EDM@LAK: Toffoli notches his second goal of the game

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for his 38th win, one short of his single-season high, set in 2009-10. He is 19-1-5 in his career against Edmonton. Quick made a highlight left-skate save on Maroon early in the second period when the game was tied 2-2.

"I thought I scored there," Maroon said. "He made a hell of a save on the toe cap. Unfortunately, that could have made it a 3-[2] game. It could have changed the momentum, maybe. But I thought they played all in our zone in the second period. We had no momentum."

Trevor Lewis scored the game-winning goal on a misplay by Oilers rookie goalie Laurent Brossoit during an Edmonton power play at 17:26 of the second period that made it 5-2. Brossoit couldn't play the puck outside the trapezoid when the puck stopped short and indecision ensued.

Video: EDM@LAK: Carter fires puck top-shelf to tie game

"It died on him and then he didn't get back in time and there was mass confusion," Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. "Probably one that broke our back."

Brossoit (0-4-1) is still seeking his first NHL win. McLellan said Brossoit "still needs to better," like his other younger players, but Maroon thought otherwise.

"We left LB out to dry," Maroon said.

The first four goals occurred in spans of 22 seconds and 27 seconds.

Video: EDM@LAK: McDavid gives Oilers a 2-1 lead

Toffoli fired a rebound past Brossoit 16 seconds into the game, but Eberle tapped in his own rebound at 38 seconds to make it 1-1.

McDavid scored his 15th goal on a whack at Vincent Lecavalier 's stick in front of the Kings' net that sent the puck past Quick at 9:53, but Carter took Luke Schenn 's rebound and scored from a steep angle at 10:20 to tie it at 2-2.

Toffoli scored his second of the night and 29th of the season 3:11 into the second period for a 3-2 lead, and goals by Andy Andreoff and Lewis made it 5-2 entering the third period.

Video: Toffoli, Lucic, Carter lead Kings past Oilers

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