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RECAP: Kings 5, Oilers 2

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

EDMONTON, AB –  Four Los Angeles players registered three-point nights as the Kings handed the Oilers a 5-2 loss at Rexall Place.

“It’s a step back definitely,” Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson said. “The first few shifts, we didn’t look ready. We didn’t look focused. We wanted to keep a simple game plan and we got away from that right away and it ended up costing us. There were some uncharacteristic things that were going on tonight from players that normally don’t do (those) things. I’ll put it to you this way, it will be a good video teaching session.”

Kings defenceman Matt Greene rifled a shot from the point past the blocker side of Ben Scrivens at the 9:00 mark of the first period. Anze Kopitar and Trevor Lewis recorded the assists.

Kopitar found Lewis on a 2-on-1 rush to push the Kings lead to 2-0 with 58 seconds left in the first period.

Play was stalled after that goal, with a pane of glass needing to be replaced in the corner. 58 seconds was played after the intermission and prior to the second period.

The Kings made it 3-0 with a shorthanded goal at 2:18 of the second period. A streaking Jeff Carter tapped in a pass from Tyler Toffoli, with Drew Doughty getting the second assist.

“I don’t want to give them too much praise,” Oilers forward Luke Gazdic said. “Say it’s any team in the league, if you give any team in the league time and space like that they’re going to shove it right down your throat and it’s exactly what happened tonight.”

Gazdic was the Oilers player to break the shutout at 13:18 of the second, deflecting in a point shot by Jordan Oesterle. The 22-year-old defenceman’s assist was his first NHL point.

Kyle Clifford put home a rebound at 16:59 of the second, with Nick Shore and Jordan Nolan getting the assists.

Kopitar scored glove side of Scrivens just 26 seconds into the third period to make it 5-1. Lewis and Doughty each recorded assists.

Teddy Purcell cut the lead to 5-2 when he scored on the power play, chipping home a rebound that came off the boards behind Jonathan Quick. Justin Schultz and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the helpers.

That would be the final score, with Quick making 21 saves in the win for the Kings.

“It seems like it’s been the common theme all year,” Purcell said. “We have three or four good games and then we’re right back down to square one where we started and we’re trying to get over that hump so it’s discouraging for sure.”

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