Edmonton, Alberta (AP) – Adrian Kempe scored a pair of goals and the Los Angeles Kings broke a two-game skid in a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.
Rasmus Kupari, Drew Doughty and Trevor Moore also scored for the Kings, who scored three power-play goals in the span of 2:19 in the third period after Edmonton’s Conor McDavid was given a boarding major for hitting Kempe from behind. .
“We just stuck to our game plan, we didn’t hold back, kept going,” Doughty said. “Our plan is never to take too many risks, just to stay calm, pucks in and pucks out. … We didn’t want to change anything in the third, we didn’t want to sit back.”
Darnell Nurse scored the only goal for the Oilers, who lost two straight this season for the first time. Mikko Koskinen stopped 35 shots.
“It’s been here for a while, coming for a while,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. “We are hiding it with some special teams stuff, but we don’t have enough people who can play well for a while. It was a 2-1 score but not good enough, and we dropped some power-play goals at the end.
“We have too many people who are not contributing enough to help us out here.”
The Oilers made another poor start as the Kings scored in just two minutes when Moore made a fine touch pass to Kupari at the edge of the net for an easy tap-in near Koskinen.
The Kings went 2-0 in the second period in less than two minutes, with Kempe scoring his ninth on a wrist shot that Koskinen could have saved.
Edmonton came back into the game in the middle of the second period with a shorthand goal. Nurse scored her first score of the season, high off Quick’s pointy angle. It was Nurse’s first game when she missed a six after breaking a finger after blocking a shot.
The late return became more difficult for the Oilers with McDavid’s five-minute major and 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period. Los Angeles got a power-play goal by Kempe a minute later – his second of the game on a rebound from the door.
The Kings added a second goal at a man-advantage as Doughty was able to hit a shot into a wide-open net, and less than a minute later, Moore found some room in front to defeat Koskinen.
Notes: Mike Smith (lower body), Devin Shore (lower body), Slater Koeok (lower body), and Duncan Keith (upper body) were all out for the Oilers, while Cody Ceci remained out under COVID-19 protocol. … The Kings were missing two players due to COVID-19: Andreas Athanasios and Blake Lizotte. … Kings forward Brendan Lemieux served the third part of a five-game suspension to cut Brady Tkachuk to the Ottawa Senators.
Kings: Monday in Vancouver.
Oilers: Host Minnesota on Tuesday for the second game of a six-game homestand.
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