Edmonton, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – Jeff Carter scored two goals without having to shoot the puck as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, for their seventh straight win Sunday at Rexall Place.
Carter was awarded a goal directed into the net by an Oilers defenseman in the first period and had another bounce in off the back of his leg in the second.
Alec Martinez and Trevor Lewis also scored while Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for Los Angeles (37-22-6).
Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner scored while Ben Scrivens, facing the Kings for the first time since being traded by the team to Edmonton on Jan. 15, made 46 saves for the Oilers (22-34-8).
The Kings opened scoring at 1:36 of the first period when Oilers defenseman Philip Larsen inadvertently kicked the puck into his own net. The goal was awarded to Carter, who had centered the puck.
Edmonton tied the game at 7:24 on a three-way passing play inside the Kings’ zone. David Perron found a streaking Taylor Hall, who took the behind-the-back pass and slipped the puck underneath Quick.
Alec Martinez restored the Kings’ lead at 8:49 of the second period on a point shot that found its way through traffic and past Scrivens.
Carter increased the Kings’ lead to 3-1 at 10:16, after a rebound bounce off the back of his leg past Scrivens.
The Oilers goaltender had stopped Anze Kopitar’s initial attempt, but the puck bounced in off Carter, who was battling for position in front with defenseman Andrew Ference.
Carter set up the Kings’ fourth goal at 15:49, intercepting Ference’s clearing attempt along the boards and setting up Lewis in front.
In the third, the Gagner cut the deficit to 4-2 with his seventh goal of the season at 2:05 as the Kings snapped the Oilers’ two-game win streak.
The Oilers play the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night in the first of a four-game road trip while the Kings conclude their three-game Canadian trip against the Calgary Flames Monday.