Shore’s late goal helps Kings beat Oilers 4-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Shore scored the go-ahead goal with 1:39 left in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings also got goals from Marian Gaborik, Tanner Pearson and Milan Lucic in a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
Jonathan Quick made 22 saves, improving his career record against the Oilers to 16-1-5 in a matchup of teams with the best and worst records in the Pacific Division. The Kings have beaten the Oilers seven straight times at Staples Center.
Teddy Purcell, Taylor Hall and red-hot rookie Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, who ended a four-game road trip that included an overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks in which they rallied three times from one-goal deficits. Draisaitl has five goals and eight assists since his promotion from the minors.
Hall, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, tied it on a short wrist shot in the slot with 4:50 remaining.
But Shore beat Cam Talbot low to the stick side with a 25-foot wrist shot after Pearson intercepted the goalie’s attempted clearing pass around the boards and fed Shore in the slot.
Talbot, who surrendered nine goals in his previous two starts, gave up Gaborik’s goal at 1:17 of the first period on the game’s first shot on net. Gaborik eluded rookie Darnell Nurse at the right of the crease to end an 11-game goal drought.
Pearson made it 2-0 at 18:56 of the first.
Edmonton got on the board at 5:17 of the second, when Draisaitl beat Quick to the glove side with a one-timer from the right circle. An injury to Connor McDavid, the first overall pick in the June draft, opened up a roster spot for Draisaitl — the 3rd overall pick in 2014.
Lucic gave the Kings a 3-1 lead at 8:35 of the second before Purcell made it a one-goal game again at 13:53, on an assist from Draisaitl.
NOTES: A moment of silence was observed for the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. The only player in Kings history who was born in France was Cristobal Huet (St. Martin d’Heres) , who played his first 53 NHL games with them and in February 2003 became the first goalie in league history from that country. . Quick’s only regulation loss to the Oilers came on Nov. 3, 2011, when Ryan Smyth, Lennart Petrell and Corey Potter scored against him in Nikolai Khabibulin’s 3-0 victory at Los Angeles. . Neither the Kings nor the Oilers have played a game that was decided by a shootout. Last season, Edmonton was 5-7 under those circumstances and Los Angeles was 2-8.