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Kings strike early on the way to a win over Edmonton Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers struggles in Los Angeles continued Thursday night with a 5-1 loss to the Kings.

The Oilers are 1-14-1 in their last 16 visits to Los Angeles.

The Kings took control early with Tyler Toffoli scoring on their first shot 92 seconds into the game. Later, Anze Kopitar beat Mike Smith with a long slap shot. With 3.5 seconds left in the first, Jeff Carter swatted at a rebound, and the pucks trickled under Smith to make it 3-0 Los Angeles.

“Poor start, we gave up goals early, [the] goal right at the end of the first period is a poor goal to give up five seconds left we have control of the puck at the offensive blue line we give up a goal [with] five seconds left that was kind of a microcosm of where we were tonight, not good enough,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippet said after the game.
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Smith allowed three goals on 12 shots and was replaced by Mikko Koskinen to start the second.

Connor McDavid gave the Oilers a bit of life 38 seconds into the second. He stole a pass in the Kings’ end and beat Jonathan Quick over the left shoulder. Michael Amadio restored the Kings three-goal cushion with 8:44 left in the second. The Oilers unsuccessfully challenged the play for goaltender interference.

“I thought they [LA] did a good job coming out in the first, they really took it to us early,” said Connor McDavid, “we were finding our game as the game went on but we couldn’t outscore our mistakes.”

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Toffoli added a power play goal late in the third. The Oilers had killed off 27 straight penalties prior to the goal.

Leon Draisaitl’s point streak ended after 13 games. McDavid extended his point streak to nine games.

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The Oilers, 14-7-3, will visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.