Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Richards and Jeff Carter each scored
first-period goals to back a 23-save effort from Jonathan Quick in the Los
Angeles Kings' 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center.
Carter added an assist on Richards' early score to help the Kings improve to
5-1-1 over their last seven games and move past idle San Jose for the No. 4
seed in the Western Conference. Slava Voynov potted a power-play goal in the
win, which fellow defenseman Drew Doughty sealed with an empty-net tally with
48.7 seconds left to play.
Edmonton, on the other hand, had its chances to end a run of six consecutive
seasons without reaching the playoffs compromised. The loss, the club's second
straight after a season-high five-game win streak, kept the Oilers three
points behind St. Louis for the eighth spot in the West with the Blues holding
two games in hand.
Magnus Paajarvi scored on the power play for Edmonton's lone goal, with Devan
Dubynk stopping 35-of-38 shots in the setback.
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