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Kings score twice in last minute to edge Oilers

The SportsXchange

EDMONTON -- The Los Angeles Kings chose to get even rather than getting mad.

Out for revenge after their previous visit to Edmonton, in which the Oilers scored to tie it in the final seconds of the third period before going on to win it in overtime, the Kings produced a similar, dramatic response Tuesday.

Jeff Carter broke a 1-1 tie with 49.6 seconds left in regulation, and Jarret Stoll sealed Los Angeles' 3-1 victory with an empty-netter 28 seconds later.

"They were just better than us tonight," Oilers winger Taylor Hall said. "They were a heavier team, harder on pucks. They won a lot more battles. They just got pucks deep and made us play in our own end, exactly what we want to do to other teams. We just didn't do it, myself included."

The Oilers, hoping to gather some very important points on a five-game homestand before going on the road for nine games, fell to 6-6-3. They're 1-2 through three games and are starting to get worried.

"Going on the road for nine, you want to be over .500," Hall said. "It puts us in a tough spot to win our last two games against tough teams. We're going to have to show up every night. ... We're going to have to play better and stop leaning on our goalies so much."

Neither team scored in the first period, and it was 1-1 after the second, with Colin Fraser scoring for the Kings and Sam Gagner for Edmonton.

Overall, though, the game wasn't that close. The Kings (6-6-2) imposed their will, outshooting Edmonton 30-15 over the last two periods to finish with a 38-24 shot advantage.

The defending Stanley Cup champions arrived in Edmonton in 14th place in the Western Conference standings, about 13 spots lower than where they were expected to be at this time, but with three wins in their last four, they might be on the way back.

"We have to get back to that swagger that we had last year," said Kings center Anze Kopitar, adding there is still a lot of ground to be made up. "You have to work on it, and we're going to need everybody.

"We all realize we didn't have the best start, but we still have some time to correct this.

"We know we can do it, we did it last year. We know we have it in us, but we're trying not to make it as dramatic as we did last year. We want to turn it around a lot quicker this time."

There is an underlying confidence in the room that comes from being a Stanley Cup champion, but the Kings also have to guard against possible overconfidence.

"You can't assume that (things will turn around)," Stoll said. "If you assume that, you're going to be on the outside looking in. It's a very, very hard thing to do in this league, thinking you can just turn it on. We can't expect that, we don't expect that."

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick made 23 saves to earn the win. Edmonton goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced.

NOTES: Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty, a cornerstone of the championship run last year, came into the night with the worst plus-minus in the entire NHL at minus 11, but he was plus-2 on the night. ... At the quarter mark of the season, the Kings' Doughty, Simon Gagne, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Penner and Dwight King have yet to score a goal. ... The Oilers recalled defenseman Theo Peckham from his AHL conditioning stint, giving them eight defensemen on the roster. Peckham, who had been out due to a hip injury, didn't suit up Tuesday. ... Edmonton left wing Lennart Petrell, hit in the head by a puck in the pregame warm-up last Saturday, still isn't skating yet. The team is being careful not to call it a concussion yet, but Petrell is experiencing some light dizziness. ... Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov is scoreless in his last seven games after scoring five goals in his first eight. ... The Kings have only played four home games this season.
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