King slip away in 4-2 loss at Oilers

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Los Angeles went scoreless in the third period as they came up short.

After a shootout win against the Ducks, the Kings headed north of the border to take on the Oilers. Trevor Moore got the team out to a nice start, opening the scoring with his 22nd goal of the season. Before the period’s end, Edmonton would tie it at one on a score from Zach Hyman. The second period also saw the two squads trade goals, with Alex Laferriere’s 8th on the season getting matched by Leon Draisaitl. It was a tight game heading into the third, but the Kings were unable to muster the juice to push over the finish line. Edmonton would score 2 unanswered goals to seal the deal and send Los Angeles away with their 8th road loss of the season thus far.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Kopitar reaches 30-assist mark

While the Kings came up on the wrong side of things in Edmonton, it didn’t stop Anze Kopitar from making a little more history. His assist on Alex Laferriere’s goal in the second period was number 30 on the season, helping him reach the mark for the 18th consecutive season.

The impressive feat sets a new franchise record for Los Angeles and also makes Kopitar just the 14th player in NHL history to record 18 seasons with 30 assists or more. It seems as if he has made more and more history with each game this year, and his contributions continue to help the Kings just as they have for a long time.

Kings disappear in the third period

For the first 2 periods, things between Los Angeles and Edmonton were looking pretty competitive. It was a battle between two teams who were fighting with each other in the standings and looking to boost forward. However, the third period did not bode well for Los Angeles. Evan Bouchard quickly set the tone in the opening minutes of the period as he knocked in his 15th of the season to give the Oilers the 3-2 lead. The score even helped Conor McDavid to reach his league-leading 70th assist of the season. For the rest of the period, the Kings tried their best to battle back as they came up empty and could not generate a spark on the offensive end. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put the dagger in the coffin for Edmonton in the last few minutes of the period to make it a 4-2 game and give his team their 3rd straight goal without an answer from Los Angeles. David Rittich could not hold on long enough for his team to make something happen, and his record fell to 9-4-3 on the season. For the Kings, the loss puts them below Edmonton in the standings and gives them a 2-1 edge in the season series. With one game left between the two clubs in late March, Los Angeles will face the pressure to even the series and potentially boost themselves in the Pacific Division.

Trevor Moore stays hot in loss

Kings forward Trevor Moore has been huge for the team so far this season. Monday night’s loss was not an exception, as he finished with one of the team’s two scores in a losing effort.

The goal was his team-leading 22nd of the season, as well as his fourth score on the road in his past 3 road games against the Oilers. Moore seems to play consistently well against Edmonton, as he’s also recorded 8 points in his last 7 games against them overall. Despite his effort, the team failed to come up with the W and he shared some of his thoughts on the lack of capitalization post-game.

Moore and the rest of the team will need to make sure they continue to be successful in power-play situations and succeed in areas where other teams are unable to keep up. Los Angeles will now head to the next stop on their Canada trip in Calgary for a battle with the flames on Tuesday night. Calgary is 28-25-5 and is right behind the Kings in the standings as they look to grab a big win in front of the home crowd.

The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. PT.