The Los Angeles Kings scored a stifling 5-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night at Rogers Place.
The Oilers, who had only 22 shots on goal, lose in a row for the first time this season.
“I was worried yesterday in practice,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said. “There is not much juice in training and yesterday I was worried. My thoughts came true today. “
For the fourteenth time this season, the Oilers allowed the first goal of the game. Rasmus Kupari received a tight pass and passed Mikko Koskinen 2:01 in the first.
“It’s not like we are unprepared,” Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “They came out strong and we couldn’t match that right away, but as the game progressed, we started to go back a bit and find our game and create some looks.”
“We know that every team that we play against, we will get their ‘A’ game because of the start we’ve had to our season,” said Darnell Nurse. “As a team, we don’t go out and try to give up the first goal, that’s not our goal. For us, we just have to go a little further and take the game to other teams, because we know they are trying to take it to us. “
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The Kings scored with less than two minutes of the second when Adrian Kempe’s wrist from the right side eluded Koskinen. The Oilers finally got on the board in the middle of the second when Nurse scored low-handed, beating Jonathan Quick from an acute angle. Nurse returned to action after missing six games with a broken finger. It was his first goal of the season.
“The first period, you go back to the rhythm of things a little bit, and then it’s like before,” Nurse said of his return.
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The Oilers only had four shots on goal in the first 13 minutes of the third, then suffered a major blow when Connor McDavid was slapped with a five-minute over and a misconduct in the game for tackling Kempe. After being bloodied from the blow, Kempe scored again on the power play to make it 3-1. Drew Doughty and Trevor Moore would also score with a man advantage.
“(Kempe) works for him,” Tippett said. “I don’t know if Connor hit him, but he falls and looks like he’s hurt, so he’s on the next first power play. I will look at it again. I didn’t see any injuries, but they said there was an injury. “
The Kings finished with 40 shots and improved to 10-9-4.
The Oilers, 16-7, host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
With files from Brenden Escott from 630 CHED
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