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Oilers top Kings on late goal by Klefbom

Defenseman scores on power play with 2:20 left to win it

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

Klefbom's PPG puts Oilers ahead

LAK@EDM: Klefbom blasts PPG past Quick for late lead

Oscar Klefbom blasts a one-timer through traffic and past Jonathan Quick on the power play to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead late in the 3rd

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EDMONTON -- Oscar Klefbom scored a power-play goal with 2:20 left to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place on Thursday.

Klefbom beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a slap shot from the point for his second straight game-winning goal. He scored his first goal of the season in overtime to give Edmonton a 1-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

"It has been good timing for my first two goals here," Klefbom said. "It was a big win for us. We didn't play our best game, so it was good to come out with two points in a game like this. For me, personally, it is nice to get the goals going, and it has been good timing too. It was a huge win for us, and hopefully, we can build off of this."

 

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Jesse Puljujarvi and Alex Chiasson scored, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists for the Oilers (12-11-2), who are 3-1-1 since Ken Hitchcock replaced Todd McLellan as coach Nov. 20. Mikko Koskinen made 30 saves.

Video: LAK@EDM: Puljujarvi jams in loose puck for early goal

Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored, and Anze Kopitar had two assists for the Kings (9-15-1), who lost for the first time in three games. Quick made 31 saves in his first start since Oct. 23, returning from a knee injury that required surgery.

"It was good having him back. I thought he played a really good game," Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I think anytime Jonathan is back there with us, you just feel so comfortable, so confident, and it's just frustrating the fact that we couldn't have played better in front of him and we couldn't get the win tonight."

Quick said, "I thought we played well tonight. I thought we deserved to win."

Video: LAK@EDM: Brown sends long one-timer past Koskinen

Koskinen made a save against Tyler Toffoli on a breakaway 22 seconds after Klefbom gave Edmonton a one-goal lead.

"Since I've been here, we deserved a much better fate in a couple of games and we didn't get it," Hitchcock said. "But the thing we have to look at right now, to be honest with you, is that we're giving up too many odd-man rushes. That's something that we have to view where it's coming from. We caught a break today, we gave up a breakaway at the end. Just from an awareness standpoint, we've got to get more comfortable in these games."

Puljujarvi scored 1:21 into the game to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead, shoveling in the rebound of a Drake Caggiula shot.

Kings coach Willie Desjardins challenged for interference on Quick, but the goal was upheld after video review.

Chiasson scored on the power play at 9:33 to make it 2-0. He collected the rebound of a Leon Draisaitl shot and lifted the puck over Quick.

Video: LAK@EDM: Chiasson knocks rebound past Quick for PPG

Brown scored at 13:49 to make it 2-1 on a shot through traffic.

Carter tied it 2-2 on a 5-on-3 power play with 31 seconds left in the first. It was the Kings' first power-play goal on the road this season.

"They got up a couple of early ones, but we battled back," Desjardins said. "It was good to get one on the power play. I think that we had our chances to win that game, and we just didn't capitalize."

Video: LAK@EDM: Carter hits twine with power-play goal

Toffoli beat Koskinen at 3:54 of the third period, but Hitchcock challenge for offside, and the goal was overturned after video review showed the puck left the Oilers zone at 3:46.

Klefbom's winner on the power play came after Kings forward Alex Iafallo was called for delay of game for playing the puck over the glass in his own zone at 16:58.

"[Iafallo] played amazing for us tonight and every night he works hard. He's a great teammate and he's a great person," Doughty said. "When a guy like that makes a little mistake like that, we have to get on the PK to stop it and not allow that goal to go in."

 

They said it

"I thought we played a solid game, but offside is offside. It's a tight game, and small details are going to make a difference. We didn't score on our power play in the third, and they scored on theirs. That's the difference." -- Kings captain Anze Kopitar on Tyler Toffoli's goal being overturned following a coach's challenge

 

"He's pushing us to be our best. It is tough to come in a quarter of the way through the season and try to change things, but he has done a good job of reminding us the things we already know but also pushing us and keeping us honest." -- Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on coach Ken Hitchcock

 

Need to know

The Kings are 1-for-29 on the power play on the road this season (3.5 percent). … Los Angeles forward Ilya Kovalchuk does not have a point in his past 11 games after he had 14 (five goals, nine assists) in his first 14 games. … Koskinen's seven wins are tied with Bill Ranford and Grant Fuhr for second most by a goalie in his first 11 games with the Oilers (7-2-1). Ron Low had eight wins in 11 games in 1979-80.

 

What's next

Kings: At the Calgary Flames on Friday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-W, NHL.TV)

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

Video: Klefbom's late PPG leads Oilers to 3-2 win

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