EDMONTON—It seems a streak cannot be broken by the league’s worst. The Kings clinched their seventh win in a row with LA’s lines running on all cylinders, with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night. Jeff Carter scored two goals in the team’s longest winning streak since March 1992
After winning a game against the Jets In their first meeting there since the early 90s, the Kings six-game winning streak came as a surprise to a shoddy ending before the Olympic break. With Marian Gaborik on the team, the Kings looked to have a stronger core going into their second game of the Canadien trip. As usual the Kings opened scoring in the first two minutes with Carter getting the job done 96 seconds into the first period. The second line center caught a break when the puck hit the skate of Phillip Larsen and past former Kings Goaltender Ben Scrivens. It was Carter’s 23rd of the season and second in five games.
The game came to a steady pace when the Oilers took their chances on Jonathan Quick who currently sat on a five game streak. The opportunity for a shutout went out the window on a goal from Taylor Hall who gained his 22nd of the year on a backhander near the crease to tie the game. Hall sits one behind team leader David Perron who made the assist on the play. The Kings outshot Edmonton 12-5 with time still in the Oilers favor to play the upset.
Their role would never make the spotlight as the Kings ran the second period like monarchs. The LA third line scored on a snap shot from Alec Martinez at the blue line to give him his seventh of the season to break the tie. The Oilers sacrificed another chance for Los Angeles to take the lead and connected with Carter scoring his second of the night on a rebound from Kopitar’s drive to the net.
Trevor Lewis caught a touch of the puck on a rifle from Carter to score his third of the year and went up 4-1. The usual frustration came to a halt in the final minute where Edmonton’s Jesse Joensuu pushed Drew Doughty over Quick. The move sent Jordan Nolan out for revenge giving Joensuu a sucker punch to the head which immediately had him sent off the ice. It was later informed that Nolan would be suspended for a game in response to the hit. The Kings dominated the period shooting 21 to the Oilers 14.
The third period also went the Kings’ way with a constant possession of the puck that gave little opportunity to help the Oilers cover the spread. Sam Gagner did cut the lead two minutes in with an angled wrist shot, but it was too little, too late. The game was won by the Kings stellar defense that has kept their longest streak in two decades alive. It became a reality check for Scrivens as he saw 50 shots stopping just 46 in his first loss since being traded by the Kings. He wished he could have had a night like Quick who dealt with 27 shot stopping 25 in the process for his sixth consecutive victory.
The Kings till attempt to tie their record that succeeded from February 23 to March 9 of 1992 where they won eight games straight. Calgary is the last team that stands in their way on the road before going home to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
By Rudy Martinez