Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kings on a roll

EDMONTON—The L.A. Kings are looking very much like a team that has hit its stride heading down the stretch.
Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist as the Kings stretched their winning streak to seven-straight with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers yesterday.

Alec Martinez and Trevor Lewis also scored for the Kings (37-22-6), who now are on their longest win streak since taking nine in a row in 2010.
“It feels good to feel like you are contributing on an individual level, but the most important thing is that we are winning games right now,” Martinez said.
“This is the crunch time of the year and we have to be playing playoff hockey,” he stressed.
“It’s been good to be getting these two points consistently.”
Kings’ forward Jarret Stoll said the wins don’t always have to be pretty.
“Tonight wasn’t our best game by any means, not even close, but we found a way and just stuck with it,” he noted.
“We didn’t really have our legs at some points, but you have to find ways to win,” Stoll reasoned.
“Dirty ways, ugly ways, whatever. That’s the biggest thing right now.
“We are getting timely saves from our goaltenders like we usually get, and we are finding goals,” he said.
Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner replied for the Oilers (22-35-8), who had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Oilers’ head coach Dallas Eakins said the game wasn’t as one-sided as it may have seemed, and that his team was somewhat the victim of bad luck with two goals going in off of odd deflections.
“I thought our guys were in the battle, they were sticking together, they were playing hard,” he noted.
“There was no standing around watching them play.”
L.A. was all over Edmonton—outshooting the Oilers 50-27. Gagner tried to downplay the stat.
“If you look at the shot differential, you draw conclusions from that, but I didn’t think it was as one-sided as the shots suggested,” he remarked.
“I thought it was one of those games where we battled against that team and we held our own physically.
“We’re obviously not happy with the result but we have to move forward,” he added.
Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick said he felt for his former teammate, Ben Scrivens, in the Edmonton net, but added his 46-save performance only shows the kind of goalie the Oilers acquired when they traded for him in mid-January.
“He has done it all year; he did it with us, too,” Quick said.
“I think he is just what this team needed here in Edmonton,” he added. “He consistently gives you a solid effort and a chance to win every night.
“We put 50 shots on him and they still had a chance at the end there.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, St. Louis edged Minnesota 3-2, Chicago nipped Buffalo 2-1, the N.Y. Rangers blanked Detroit 3-0, and Boston beat Florida 5-2.

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