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Koskinen, Oilers hold off Kings, regain first in Pacific

Makes 35 saves, Draisaitl has two points for Edmonton

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EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers moved back into first place in the Pacific Division with a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Place on Friday.

Leon Draisaitl had a power-play goal and assist for the Oilers (18-10-3), who moved one point ahead of the Arizona Coyotes, who passed Edmonton on Thursday but lost 2-0 at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It wasn't pretty, but at the end of the day, nobody is going to ask if this game was pretty or not," Draisaitl said. "It's two points for us and that's really all that matters."

 

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Jonathan Quick made 18 saves for the Kings (11-17-2), who have scored four goals losing three straight. Michael Amadio scored on a scramble in front to make it 2-1 with 6:28 left in the third period.

"The effort is there. If you look at our 5-on-5 game tonight, we were probably the better team," Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar said. "We created more chances, but the game consists of special teams too. Special teams now are a huge part of the games and we lost them tonight. We knew they are a very good team on the power play and they made us pay for the mistakes we made."

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Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves for Edmonton. On Wednesday, he was pulled and replaced by Mike Smith after allowing three goals on 12 shots in a 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

"I felt pretty good, like the team did in front of me," Koskinen said. "They did a really good job. Most of the shots came from outside and it was a big game for us. The game before, against Ottawa, wasn't good enough. Again we had a bounce-back game, but now we need to be sure we don't need to have those bounce-back games all over again."

Draisaitl scored at 11:02 of the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead. His centering pass hit the skate of Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and deflected past Quick.

Edmonton has the No. 1 power play in the NHL, scoring on 32.2 percent of its opportunities (29-for-90).

"They get a lucky one off the foot on the power play and then they picked us apart for one too," Los Angeles coach Todd McLellan said. "But after that, we kept that team to 15 even-strength shots, and a lot of it was from the outside. So we're happy with the effort, we're disappointed in the result."

Los Angeles appeared to tie the game when Lizotte scored on a rebound at 14:05. The Oilers used their coach's challenge and it was determined Lizotte was offside when Adrian Kempe gained the zone.

"I knew it was close," Lizotte said. "When you drag your foot, you're not sure where the line is exactly. I knew it was going to be close. Even when I scored, I knew they were going to review it, and sure enough, it was a centimeter or two. It was real close."

Edmonton increased its lead to 2-0 at 14:46 when Alex Chiasson redirected a centering pass from Connor McDavid.

"With our lineup the way it is right now (with injuries), we're trying to grind out some points and that is what we did tonight," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "We gave some people some minutes who are more grind-mode and who dig in. We knew we needed a tight, hard-checking game just to get us back set in the right direction and we got that tonight."

Video: LAK@EDM: Chiasson nets goal off McDavid's assist

 

They said it

"We had some really good chances and we had some really good looks and unfortunately we couldn't score. It was a tough loss, but I think our team played pretty well 5-on-5 and our team deserved more than this." -- Kings forward Adrian Kempe

"After the last game we talked a lot about defending first. When we defend first we're creating a lot more offense too. This team started in the right way today, with the defending mindset. It won us the game." -- Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson

 

Need to know

Los Angeles is 0-15-1 when trailing after two periods and Edmonton is 11-0-1 when leading after two. ... Los Angeles is 2-11-1 on the road. ... Kopitar did not have a point for the fifth straight game, his longest drought of the season. ... Draisaitl regained the NHL scoring lead with 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists), one point ahead of McDavid, who has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in his past 11 games.

 

What's next

Kings: At the Calgary Flames on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, SN1, CITY, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Oilers: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SN, MSG-B, NHL.TV)

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