On Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015, after a scoreless first period, the Los Angeles Kings scored three goals in a span of 1:36 in the second period and went on to defeat the Edmonton Oilers by a final score of 5-2 in front of a crowd of 16,839 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. This comes on the heels of having defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 just one night earlier. Indeed the Kings have been rather rude as they smash their way through Western Canada.
As the Edmonton Oilers will be moving to a brand new facility to start the 2016-17 season, this was the last regular season game the Kings will ever play at Rexall Place. The Kings, and in particular goaltender Jonathan Quick, made it quite memorable.
Somewhat quietly, Quick is steadily building what will likely become a Hall of Fame-worthy resume. On this night, the Kings All-Star netminder stopped 42 of 44 Oilers shots, on the way to running his career NHL record to 12-0-3 in games in which he faces 40 or more shots. For his efforts, Quick was named #1 Star of the game.
This game was also the 2015 regular season debut for Kings forward Dwight King who had been injured during the preseason. King skated on a line with Trevor Lewis and Dustin Brown and scored the first goal of the game at 4:22 of the second period. King skated 23 regular shifts, logged 14:50 of ice time and was named #3 Star of the game. Also scoring his first goal of the season (and first goal of his NHL career), was forward Michael Mersch who scored the Kings second goal of the game.
The Kings have now won three straight games, all of which were against Pacific division opponents. During the streak, they have beaten the Arizona Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers in succession; all of it without the services of star center Jeff Carter who was injured in the opening minute against Arizona. The three opponents were outscored by a combined score of 14-5 and after the victory in Edmonton, the Kings lead the Pacific division by 11 points over the second-place Coyotes.
It is not yet known when Carter will be back in the lineup. Carter is currently listed as ‘day-to-day’ on the team’s injury report.
Kings notes – After scoring a second period goal against Edmonton, Kings forward Tyler Toffoli now has four goals in the last two games. It is not yet known when Carter will be back in the lineup. Carter is currently listed as ‘day-to-day’ on the team’s injury report. The Western Canada road swing will end on Jan. 31 when the Kings face the Calgary Flames. The Pacific division leaders will then return home to STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016; the game is scheduled for a start time of 1:00 p.m. PT.
Dec. 29, 2015 – Los Angeles Kings 5, Edmonton Oilers 2. Final shots on goal: EDM 44, LAK 33. Power play: LAK 1/2, EDM 0/2. Three Stars of the game: 1) Jonathan Quick – LAK, 2) Dustin Brown – LAK, 3) Dwight King – LAK. Goaltenders: LAK – Jonathan Quick, EDM – Cam Talbot/Anders Nilsson.
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