The Kings broke away in the third period from a pesty Oilers team that wouldn’t go away on Saturday night at Staples Center. Fortunately the bright eyed Nick Shore proved Los Angeles with the game winning goal that resulted in a 4-3 victory.
“This isn’t the best game we played, especially against a divisional opponent, which we need to get points,” Kings forward Marian Gaborik said. “They’re a young, fast team and we let them back into the game, but the goal by [Nick] Shore created some momentum in the third and we got the goal. We didn’t play our north-south game like we usually play. We had a lot of turnovers in the neutral zone and our zone, which, against this type of team, they have fast forwards, they can make the plays so we have to clean it up, but this was a huge win for us, finishing this home stand with two points and going on the road.”
After Gaborik led the charge just 17 seconds into the first period, the Kings continued that moment when Tanner Pearson scored another goal for the 2-0 lead. Pearson got the rebound and shook away a check by Eric Gyrba before beating Oilers goalie Cam Talbot for the goal.
Leon Draisaitl beat Jonathan Quick to the glove side from the right circle scoring Edmonton’s first goal of the night. Milan Lucic responded back with a goal of his own for the 3-1 lead. Teddy Purcell scored his fourth goal of the season to make a 3-2 game heading into the third period.
In the words of Jim Ross business was about to pick up when Oilers forward Taylor Hall tied the game. The Kings were treading on thin ice, until Shore decided to send the team and the fans home happy with a win and two points.
“We played a really good game tonight. In the first five minutes they took it to us, like they do to a lot of teams in their own building, but as the game went on we had control of the play,” Oilers forward Taylor Hall. “We definitely played well enough to win. In these close games it would be really nice to get it into overtime and see what happens but we have a lot of things to be proud of.”
Quick made 22 saves, improving his career record against the Oilers to 16-1-5. Calbot made 24 saves in the loss.
The Kings have won seven straight over the Oilers at Staples Center, and head on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
Anze Kopitar appeared in his 700th NHL game, becoming the eighth player to appear in 700 games as a King.
Drew Doughty played in his 541st game tonight, tying Sean O’Donnell for fifth on the Kings all-time games played list among defensemen.
Los Angeles extended their franchise-best home winning streak against Edmonton, having not lost a home game against the Oilers since Nov. 3, 2011.