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Quick, Kings end Oilers' home winning streak

by Derek Van Diest /

EDMONTON -- The Los Angeles Kings had contributions through the lineup Tuesday to extend their winning streak to three games and take an 11-point lead in the Pacific Division standings.

Jonathan Quick made 42 saves, Dustin Brown and Trevor Lewis each had a goal and two assists and Dwight King had a goal and assist in his season debut to help Los Angeles to a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.

Michael Mersch scored his first NHL goal and Tyler Toffoli had a goal for the Kings (23-11-12), who scored three times in 96 seconds in the second period.

"We gave up a lot more than we normally do or would like to, that's for sure," Brown said. "Quick had to be really good for us to get a lead and maintain a lead. It's good that we got five [goals] and we're finding ways to score goals, but what makes us a good team is taking care of our own end and we could have been a lot better in that tonight. We were a little sloppy in our coverage and they have some pretty dynamic players skill-wise. Either way, we have to be better in our end going forward."

Benoit Pouliot and Mark Letestu scored for the Oilers (15-20-3), who had their seven-game home winning streak end. Edmonton has lost three in a row.

Goaltender Cam Talbot was pulled in the second period after giving up three goals on 14 shots. Anders Nilsson gave up two goals in 18 shots in relief.

"There were just too many breakdowns in the second period," Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. "They are a team that we know can capitalize on them and that's exactly the game that they like to play. They look for other teams to give them opportunities, and that’s what we did. We showed a little bit of push-back in the third, but it wasn't enough to tie it up."

The Oilers out-shot Los Angeles 13-10 in a scoreless first period and despite a number of quality chances were unable to beat Quick.

Los Angeles, which led by Quick shut out the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 on Monday, took control of the game in the second period with goals from King, Mersch and Toffoli.

"It's a good win for our team," Kings coach Daryl Sutter said. "It's a tough back-to-back coming in."

King gave Los Angeles the lead at 4:22 of the second, winning a puck battle behind the net against Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz and beating Talbot from a sharp angle at the near post. King broke his foot in training camp blocking a shot and missed the first 35 games.

"It's been a long process to get back and the boys have been doing really well without me, so it's good to see and to come back to a win, it's a good feeling," King said. "This is really my first injury, the training staff had me keeping in really good shape and I had about two solid weeks of ice [time] before this, so it's a process.

"It was a pretty sloppy first for our team; they came out with a lot of speed and a lot of chances and [Quick] held us in and we just capitalized on our chances in the second and rode it out a little bit in the third."

Mersch scored at 5:42 of the second period, coming out of the corner to the front of the net and jamming the puck past Talbot.

Toffoli extended the Kings' lead to 3-0 at 5:58, taking a pass from Anze Kopitar on an odd-man rush and putting a shot over Talbot's shoulder just under the crossbar.

Talbot was pulled and replaced by Nilsson following Toffoli's goal.

The Oilers cut the lead to 3-1 at 9:56 on an odd-man rush after Pouliot took a pass from Nugent-Hopkins on the left wing and put a shot between Quick's pads. But Lewis restored the Kings' three-goal lead at 14:18, taking a cross-crease pass from Brown and beating Nilsson.

"I liked the way we were playing. Things were going pretty well for us, we were doing a lot of things we wanted to do against a real good team," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "And in a matter of a minute and a half, the bottom falls out on us for a number of reasons. That was disappointing."

Letestu scored at 1:59 of the third period to cut the lead to 4-2, getting positioning in front on defenseman Drew Doughty and converting a centering feed from forward Lauri Korpikoski.

Brown scored on the power play at 11:58 to give the Kings a 5-2 lead, getting to the puck on a scramble in front and lifting a shot over Nilsson.

"We needed to do something to turn things and it didn't happen," Letestu said. "We have to find a way to turn the momentum. It got away from us in a short span. Up until that point we were playing a solid game, a competitive game that could have gone either way, and it got away from us."

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