Key play: Dwight King scored the go-ahead goal after setting up Jeff Carter’s tying strike in the third period as the Kings rallied for a 2-1 victory Thursday over the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. King redirected Carter’s perimeter shot for the tiebreaking goal at 14:10 of the final period.
Pivotal performer: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick kept it close through two periods, bailing out his teammates repeatedly. Quick stopped Oilers rookie Connor McDavid on a pair of point-blank scoring chances in the second period, for example.
Quote, unquote: “He definitely won us the game tonight,” Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin said of Quick, who made 26 saves. “Especially early on, in the first period, he made some big saves and continued to make big saves. We have to prepare a little better in these games, so we won’t have to force him to make big saves like he did.”
L.A. premiere: McDavid made his Staples Center debut after missing the first game in Los Angeles between the teams Nov. 14 because of a clavicle injury. He was among the Oilers’ best and most effective players, generating several scoring chances.
Injury update: Kings forward Jordan Nolan sat out for the third consecutive game because of an undisclosed injury. He didn’t participate in the morning skate and coach Darryl Sutter said Nolan had a “therapy day or treatment day. Whatever you want to call it.”
The Kings won their fifth in a row, taking a 3-2 victory Sunday from the Edmonton Oilers thanks to a late power-play goal from Tanner Pearson and a favorable video review from the War Room in Toronto in the closing seconds. Here’s a link to the video of the Connor McDavid goal that wasn’t, plus the NHL’s explanation: http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=42208
Here’s the scoring summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20152016/GS020120.HTM
Here are the expanded statistics: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20152016/ES020120.HTM
Here’s a quote from McDavid, courtesy the Oilers: “It all happened so fast, I didn’t know what to think. … It’s a frustrating way to lose.”
Kings winger Tyler Toffoli had this to say when asked Friday about playing against Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid for the first time on Sunday: “I played against Sidney Crosby and that was pretty cool. I’m more worried playing Sidney than McDavid right no. … I’m still in awe of playing Sid.”
The Kings will get their first up-close and personal look at Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid when they also try for their fifth consecutive victory on Sunday at Rexall Place. McDavid has five goals and eight points in his first eight games in the NHL after the Oilers took him with the first pick in the draft last June.
“Know as much about him as you guys know,” Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin said of playing against McDavid for the first time. “He’s got a lot of hype and rightfully so. He’s a special talent. There’s guys in the league that you have to keep an eye out for, a little extra attention, and he’s going to be one of them.”
“There’s a lot of media attention around him. Especially being in Canada (playing for the Oilers) and being from Canada, he’s got a lot of pressure on him. I think he’s done a good job so far. Us going in there, we’ve got to play him like anyone else. Play him physical. We’ve got to play our game if we want to win.”