Game 78: Kings 4, Oilers 1 (FINAL)

Will the new-look first and second lines come through, in the absence of Jeff Carter? The Kings take on the Edmonton Oilers, with all the action on Fox Sports West, on 1150-AM and affiliates and with all the game updates here as well…

In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Khabibulin.
Kings 4, Oilers 1: The Kings took a three-goal lead at the 7:45 mark of the period. Matt Greene took a slap shot from the right point and Khabibulin made the save, but he kicked the rebound right. Alec Martinez beat Andy Sutton to the front of the net and knocked the puck over the line. Dwight King also picked up an assist.

In goal: It’s still Quick vs. Khabibulin.
Kings 3, Oilers 1: After two poor power plays, the Kings took a two-goal lead on the man advantage at the 6:44 mark of the period. Drew Doughty took a shot from the middle of the blue line, through traffic, that beat Khabibulin. Dustin Brown initially got credit for the goal, on a deflection, but it was changed to Doughty’s goal, with assists to Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar.
End of period: Shots were 8-8 in the period. The Kings went 1-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. Jonathan Quick made two outstanding glove saves in the final minute.

Officials: Brian Pochmara, Steve Kozari (referees); Pierre Champoux, Thor Nelson (linesmen).
Lineups: Jeff Carter, Davis Drewiske and Kevin Westgarth are the Kings’ scratches.
In goal: It’s the Kings’ Jonathan Quick against the Oilers’ Nikolai Khabibulin.
Kings 1, Oilers 0: The Kings took the lead 52 seconds into the game. Dwight King had the puck in the corner of the Oilers’ zone, walked it out to the middle of the right circle and shot through traffic. King initially got credit for the goal, but it was later changed. Anze Kopitar got credit for the goal on a deflection, with assists to King and Dustin Brown.
Kings 1, Oilers 1: Just 17 seconds after the Kings took the lead, Matt Greene took a hooking penalty. The Oilers scored 25 seconds into the ensuing power play, as Jeff Petry passed from the blue line to the middle of the circle. Jordan Eberle took the pass and whipped a shot past Quick. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also picked up an assist.
Kings 2, Oilers 1: The Kings got the lead back with a shorthanded goal with 9:12 remaining in the period. After the Oilers bobbled the puck at the Kings’ blue line, Mike Richards picked it up and started a breakaway. Richards beat Khabibulin with a backhand shot from close range. Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene picked up assists.
End of period: The Kings outshot the Oilers 9-2 in the period. The Kings went 0-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill, and scored a shorthanded goal. The Kings will be on the power play for the first 24 seconds of the second period.

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