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Tanner Pearson scores late, Kings hold on to beat Oilers 3-2

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EDMONTON - Tanner Pearson scored the game winner late in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings came away with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings (5-3-0), who have now won five games in a row after a tough 0-3 start to the season.

Benoit Pouliot and Taylor Hall replied for the Oilers (3-6-0), who have lost two straight.

The Oilers started the scoring five minutes into the game as the rebound from a Connor McDavid shot came out to Pouliot, who rifled a wrist shot past Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. McDavid and Nail Yakupov both extended their point streak to five games with the assists.

The Kings responded quickly, just over a minute later as Carter took a shot from behind the goal line that caromed off of Oilers starter Cam Talbot's pads and into the net.

Los Angeles made it 2-1 with six-and-a-half minutes remaining in the second period when an Oilers defensive breakdown allowed Kopitar a clear lane and he picked the top corner on Talbot.

Edmonton defenceman Justin Schultz left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury and did not return.

The Oilers tied the game with six minutes left in the third as Hall was able to tip a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins feed past Quick to make it 2-2.

However, the Kings regained the advantage a couple minutes later on a power play of their own as Pearson was able to pick up a puck on the doorstep and slide it past Talbot for his first of the season at 16:34.

McDavid appeared to have scored on a backhand with 3.8 seconds remaining, but a video review concluded that the puck was in Quick's glove and did not cross the line.

The Kings are in Winnipeg to face the Jets on Tuesday. The Oilers also return to action that night, in Minnesota against the Wild.

Notes: It was the first meeting between the two teams this season. Edmonton won both games at home against the Kings last season, but lost the five-game series 3-2 overall??? Out with injuries for the Oilers were Matt Hendricks (foot) Jordan Eberle (shoulder) and Griffin Reinhart (undisclosed)??? Missing from the Kings lineup were Dwight King (foot) and Matt Greene (upper body).

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