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Quick's late save on McDavid helps Kings edge Oilers

by Derek Van Diest

EDMONTON -- Goaltender Jonathan Quick bailed out the Los Angeles Kings with an outstanding save in the dying seconds against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Sunday.

Quick gloved a rebound from McDavid on the goal line with 5.2 seconds left to preserve a 3-2 win for Los Angeles. Video review was inconclusive in determining whether McDavid's shot completely crossed the line.

"He made a good save," McDavid said. "I thought it could have gone in. Obviously it's pretty tough to see if his glove kind of covered it up over there. Tough play."

"We got the replay right there (on the bench) so if on the ice it's no goal, it has to be conclusive from the League and clearly it's under his glove," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "It was a solid game, it was three in four nights for us. The two teams played hard."

Kings left wing Tanner Pearson scored his first goal of the season, which stood up as the game winner due to Quick's late heroics.

Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter scored for Los Angeles (5-3-0), who extended their winning streak to five games. Quick made 26 saves for his fourth win of the season.

"I think it was no goal on the ice, so as long as you couldn't see the puck, that's where it was standing," Pearson said. "I don't know if that was the case or not. So it came out in our favor for sure."

Pearson scored on the power play at 16:34 of the third period, finding a loose puck in front of the net and putting a shot past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.

Pearson had not scored since Jan 8, 2015 in a 4-3 loss against the New York Rangers.

"It felt pretty good to get one in the back of the net, it's kind of a building block, and hopefully, it's the start of a few more," Pearson said. "I think [Drew Doughty] shot it and it was kind of loose. I just wanted to put it on net and it just slid five-hole."

Benoit Pouliot and Taylor Hall scored for the Oilers (3-6-0), who have lost two straight. Talbot made 31 saves.

"It was ruled a non-goal on the ice and we were told the review was not definitive enough to overturn," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "We are at the mercy of the referee and the League and they are doing their best to make the right call. We don't have to agree with it, but it's made and we have to move on."

Pouliot gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead at 4:42 of the first period, firing a rebound past Quick after McDavid was able to get around Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin and took the puck to the net.

With the assist, McDavid extended his point streak to five games. The No. 1 selection in the 2015 NHL Draft has five goals and four assists in his first nine games.

Carter tied the game at 6:40 of the period, beating Talbot from a tight angle on a rebound. Talbot had kicked away a shot from Milan Lucic, but was unable to get back and cover his near post in time to stop Carter's shot. Carter has 14 goals in 18 games against the Oilers.

Los Angeles went up 2-1 at 13:36 of the second period on a well-placed shot from Kopitar from the top of the faceoff circle.

Hall tied the game 2-2 at 13:56 of the third period on the power play, tipping a pass from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

"They are a hard, physical team, they are one of the best in the West," Talbot said. "They are a measuring stick for us. I thought we came out and played pretty well. We got that big power-play goal and then we went right back and gave them a power-play goal. You can't give a team like that an opportunity with less than five minutes left to get their top guys a chance to win it for them. It was a tough bounce at the end there."

A hooking penalty to Oilers forward Lauri Korpikoski led to Pearson's power-play goal later in the period.

The Oilers were force to play more than half the game with five defensemen after Justin Schultz left because of an undisclosed injury.

"We didn't ultimately get an A-plus and the score that we needed to put points in the bank, but we improved immensely in our play from our last game (a 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday)," McLellan said. "It was a competitive night by our club against a team that has pushed it before against Edmonton. Even at the end, we were using every second that we had."

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