The Los Angeles Kings got themselves a little revenge in Edmonton on Tuesday, beating the Oilers 3-1 with a pair of late goals in the final 49 seconds of regulation.
Jeff Carter broke a 1-1 tie with 49 seconds left, tipping a Trevor Lewis shot past Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. The goal was Carter's team-leading seventh of the season, with the assists going to Lewis and Davis Drewiske. Jarret Stoll added an empty netter with 21 seconds remaining to ice the game, improving the Kings' record to 6-6-2 on the season. Forward Dwight King and defenseman Drew Doughty earned assists on Stoll's third goal of 2013.
In the previous meeting between the two teams, the Kings surrendered a game-tying goal to Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov with 4.7 seconds remaining in regulation. The rookie caught plenty of flack for his excessive celebration after tying the game with just his second career NHL goal. The Oilers went on to win that game 2-1 in overtime on a power-play goal from forward Sam Gagner.
On this night though, it was the Kings' turn to provide the dagger.
The Kings' fourth line started the scoring with a second-period goal by forward Colin Fraser. Fraser's goal was his first of the season, coming in his first game back after missing the last four as a healthy scratch. Lewis and Jordan Nolan helped set the goal up with two prior shots on net that left a rebound at the top of the crease for Fraser to swing past Khabibulin.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has struggled early in the season, but looked more like the reigning Conn Smythe winner, stopping 23 of 24 shots against the Oilers. Edmonton's speed gave the Kings trouble at times throughout the contest, but Quick came up with big saves to keep his team in the game.
The Oilers only goal came on the power-play from Gagner at 16:50 of the second period, tying the game at one. Taylor Hall and Justin Schultz earned the assists on Gagner's fifth goal of the season. The Oilers dropped to 6-6-3 with the loss.
The Kings controlled play for most of the second and third frames, piling up a total of 29 shots over the final two periods, eventually breaking the tie in the final minute.
The game was fairly physical with Los Angeles holding a 32-31 edge in hits. Kings captain Dustin Brown dropped Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the ice with a hard open-ice hit midway through the third period. Brown has lacked some of the usual physicality to his game this season that he has been know to play with in the past. After finishing first and second in total hits over the past two seasons respectively, the winger had just 28 hits in 13 games coming into Tuesday night's meeting with the Oilers. But Brown certainly delivered in Edmonton, racking up 5 hits, tied for the most he's had in any single game this year.
The Kings will play in Calgary on Wednesday against the Flames at 7 PM PST.
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