Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings’ net Saturday afternoon against the Edmonton Oilers and his teammates eased his burden with a fast start at Staples Center. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter scored first-period goals and Quick made 23 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
The Kings moved past the idle San Jose Sharks into fourth place in the Western Conference standings. The Oilers are on the outside looking in at the postseason. The Kings play the Ducks on Sunday, and the Sharks face the Dallas Stars.
Defenseman Slava Voynov also scored for the Kings, restoring their two-goal lead after Magnus Paajarvi scored for Edmonton only 2:18 into the second period. It was Voynov’s first goal since March 5 against the St. Louis Blues, a drought of 16 games.
Quick did not play in the Kings’ 3-0 victory Thursday over the Minnesota Wild, yielding to Jonathan Bernier. The Kings dominated Saturday’s game for long stretches, making life a little easier for Quick, who faced little sustained pressure from the Oilers.
Drew Doughty added an empty-net goal in the final minute for the Kings.