EDMONTON — It took the Los Angeles Kings just over a minute-and-a-half to do all the damage they needed.
“It’s a good win for our team, it’s tough playing back-to-back coming in,” said Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, who praised goalie Jonathan Quick for making 42 saves to improve to 17-1-5 in his career against the Oilers. “Jonathan is a great goalie and most night’s he gives you a chance to win. He’s an important player for us.”
King also had an assist for Los Angeles in the first game he has played this season, missing the first 35 contests due to a broken foot.
“It’s been a long process to get back and the boys have been doing really well without me, so to come back to a win is a good feeling,” he said.
“Things were going pretty well for us, we were doing a lot of things we wanted to do against a real good team,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. “And in a matter of a minute and a half, the bottom falls out on us for a number of reasons. That was disappointing.”
Edmonton had 13 shots on Quick in the scoreless first, while Los Angeles had 10 on Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.
The Kings broke the deadlock 4:22 into the second period after some soft play behind the net by defender Justin Schultz allowed King to emerge from behind the goal line and sneak a bad-angled shot past Talbot.
“He’s got to have it. There’s no other way of putting it,” McLellan said.
That poor goal opened the floodgates, as the Kings quickly made it 3-0 with goals 16 seconds apart. Just over a minute after King scored, Mersch swung out behind the net and scored his first career NHL goal. Seconds later, Toffoli beat Talbot over the shoulder, prompting the Oilers to replace him in net with Anders Nilsson.
Edmonton got one back midway through the second as Pouliot scored in his third goal in the last two games, beating Quick with a wrist shot.
Los Angeles made it 4-1 with six minutes left in the second as Lewis converted on a nice feed from Brown.
The Oilers scored two minutes into the third as Lauri Korpikoski sent a backhand feed in front to Letestu for the goal.
Brown scored his fourth of the season on the power play with eight minutes to play.
Both teams return to action on Thursday, as the Oilers continue a six-game homestand against the Anaheim Ducks and the Kings travel to Calgary to face the Flames.
NOTES: Kings forward Anze Kopitar entered the game with a +31 rating in his career against Edmonton. … Out with injuries for Los Angeles were Jeff Carter (upper body), Matt Greene (shoulder), Dwight King (foot) and Kyle Clifford (upper body). …Absent from the Oilers lineup were Connor McDavid (collarbone), Rob Klinkhammer (ankle), Nail Yakupov (ankle), Brandon Davidson (ribs), Oscar Klefbom (finger) and Andrew Ference (undisclosed).