EDMONTON -- Jeff Carter scored with 49.6 seconds left in the third period to lift the LA Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
The Kings, looking 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, got it.
Carter's deflection made it 2-1 in the final minute and Jarret Stoll's empty netter sealed it for the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The Oilers, playing the third game of a five-game homestand that precedes a nine-game, 17-day road trip, started quickly, swarming the Kings net in the opening 10 minutes of the first period, but had nothing to show for it after a scoreless first period.
Los Angeles scored first, with former Oiler Colin Fraser potting a rebound from the doorstep of netminder Nikolai Khabibulin, but Edmonton got that one back a few minutes later on Sam Gagner's power play goal and it was 1-1 after 40 minutes.
The Kings arrived in Edmonton in 14th place in the Western Conference standings, about 13 spots lower than the defending Stanley Cup champions were expected to be at this time.
But they've had a rough go of it so far, struggling with inconsistency and a puzzling lack of offense. They've been held to two or fewer goals in 11 of their 15 games this year.
But they got three when it counted.
The Oilers, meanwhile, are struggling to escape from their win one, lose two pattern. Fifteen games into the season they've only won two in a row once, back in the second week of the season.
NOTES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, a cornerstone of their championship run last year, came into the game with the worst plus-minus in the entire NHL at minus 11. ... At the quarter mark of the season, Doughty, Simon Gagne, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Penner and Dwight King have yet to score a goal. ... Entering play Tuesday night, they were the only team in the NHL without a player in double digits in points. ... The Oilers recalled D Theo Peckham from his AHL conditioning stint, giving them eight defensemen on the roster. ... Edmonton LW Lennart Petrell, hit in the head by a puck in the pre-game warm-up last Saturday, still isn't skating yet. They're being careful not to call it a concussion yet, but he is experiencing some light dizziness. ... 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.