Kings vs. Oilers: Stoll's goal gives Kings lead after two periods
The Kings, looking to end a disastrous homestand on an upbeat note, took a 3-2 lead into the final period against Edmonton on Saturday night at Staples Center.
Dustin Brown, who had been sent off for tripping, came out of the penalty box, took a pass and fed a streaking Jarret Stoll, who flicked in a wrist shot to break a 2-2 tie seven minutes into the second period.
The Kings have lost six of seven games on the homestand and have won only one of their last eight games.
Kings forward Wayne Simmonds suffered an ankle injury in the second period, finding himself at the bottom of a scrum caused after a check by Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Simmons did not return during the period.
In the first period, the Kings gave up the first goal when they turned the puck over in the neutral zone. Dustin Penner slid down the left side with the puck, past the goal line, but managed to flip the puck in lacrosse style for a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game.
The Kings’ Marco Sturm tied the score by being in the right place at the right time at the end of a 4-on-2 rush. The puck came off defenseman Kurtis Foster’s stick and went right to Sturm, who slipped a shot into the corner of the net 11 minutes into the game.
Anze Kopitar ended a nine-game goal-less streak by redirecting a loose puck in front of the net 15 minutes into the game. Andrew Cogliano tied it a minute later, flicking in a pass he took at the goalie crease.
Photo: Kigns center Anze Kopitar checks Edmonton's Taylor Hall during a scramble for the puck in the first period Saturday at Staples Center. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters