02/25 00:29 CST Oilers hold off Kings for 4-3 win
Oilers hold off Kings for 4-3 win
By DAN GREENSPAN
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Ryan Strome's empty-net goal at 19:01 and a successful
coach's challenge with less than 10 seconds left gave the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3
victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Dustin Brown tipped in Drew Doughty's shot to cut it to 4-3 with 18 seconds
remaining, and the Kings appeared to tie it on another goal by Brown with 9.9
seconds to go. The play was initially ruled no goal on the ice and changed
after a video review, but the Oilers challenged for goaltender interference and
the goal was waived off.
Anton Slepyshev, Leon Draisaitl and Jujhar Khaira scored for the Oilers, who
won for the third time in four games and kept the Kings from moving back into
playoff position. Cam Talbot made 30 saves.
Michael Cammalleri, who started the season with the Kings before being traded
to the Oilers on Nov. 14, recorded three assists and has 10 in his last 11
Tyler Toffoli and Tobias Rieder also scored for the Kings, who are two points
behind Calgary for third place in the Pacific Division and two points behind
Anaheim for the second Western Conference wild card. Jonathan Quick stopped 21
Kings center Jeff Carter returned after missing 55 games following surgery to
repair a cut on his leg in October. He had four shots and won 11 of 16 faceoffs
in 17:18 of ice time.
Draisaitl gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead at 6:16 of the second period, finishing
off Cammalleri's pass with a one-timer from the slot for his ninth point in his
last eight games.
Toffoli scored his 20th goal to get Los Angeles on the board at 14:26, but
Khaira darted through two Kings and scored into the top netting to restore a
two-goal lead at 3-1 with 2:56 left in the period.
Rieder batted in his first goal for the Kings since being acquired from Arizona
in a trade, making it 3-2 at 7:51 of the third.
Strome scored an empty-netter for a 4-2 lead with 59 seconds left.
After getting walloped 5-0 and 5-2 in their first two games against the Kings,
the Oilers needed 51 seconds to take a 1-0 lead on Slepyshev's fourth goal.
Strome found Slepyshev for a one-timer during a delayed penalty, giving
Edmonton its first lead over Los Angeles this season.
The Oilers had to kill three penalties in the first, including 1:06 of 5-on-3
play after Darnell Nurse put the puck over the glass. Talbot stopped all five
shots during the Kings' power plays, including two dangerous shots by Toffoli
from close range.
NOTES: Oilers forward Patrick Maroon (lower body) is expected back in the
lineup at Anaheim on Sunday after missing the last two games. . Edmonton traded
D Brandon Davidson to the New York Islanders for a 2019 third-round draft pick.
Oilers: Visit the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.
Kings: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night.
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