Jeff Carter broke a 1-1 draw on a deflection goal with 50 seconds left in the third period as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Oilers 3-1 on Tuesday night at Rexall Place. Two former Oilers forwards had goals for the defending Stanley Cup champs, as Colin Fraser opened the scoring and Jarret Stoll tallied an empty-net goal. Sam Gagner scored his fifth of the season for the lone Oilers goal in the defeat.
Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:
THE TURNING POINT
Jeff Carter's game-winning goal broke a deadlocked contest that looked destined for overtime. With just 50 seconds to go in regulation, Trevor Lewis drove down the left wing and put a shot on net, which Carter tipped past Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for the eventual game-winner.
PLAY OF THE GAME
The Kings came very close to taking a 2-0 lead late in the middle frame when a shorthanded clearing attempt took a crazy bounce off the side boards and was heading straight into the vacated Oilers net until Nikolai Khabibulin slid through the crease and whacked the puck away with his stick. The Oilers scored shortly thereafter on the same power play to tie the game.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was in his 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy playoff MVP form on Tuesday, particularly in the early stages of the game as Edmonton was outshooting Los Angeles 7-3 midway through the first period. Quick finished with 23 saves and was selected as the game's first star.
THE UNSUNG HERO
Drew Doughty had a -11 rating and just six points on the season heading into Tuesday's game, but the defenceman was on the ice for two of the Kings' goals, assisted on one of them and logged the second-most ice time at 24:30. He also had three hits and three shots on goal.
STAT OF THE DAY
Heading into Tuesday's game, Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin had shut out the Kings seven times in his lengthy career, including three times in one season while he was stopping pucks for the Phoenix Coyotes.
THEY SAID IT
"It's tough giving up that late goal, but that's not where we lost it. We were flat tonight. The result was what we deserved." – Oilers centre Sam Gagner
The Oilers continue their longest homestand of the season with their third of five straight games at Rexall Place as they welcome Northwest Divisional rival Minnesota Wild on Thursday at 7:30pm (Sportsnet West, 630 CHED). It's the first meeting of the season between the Oilers and Wild, with Edmonton earning seven out of 12 possible points against Minny last season.
7 – Hits in the game for Ben Eager to lead all Oilers skaters
30 – Years ago Tuesday Ryan Whitney was born, as the defenceman didn't get to celebrate his birthday with a win
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