Oilers take down Kings, move into 2nd place in Pacific

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists for the visiting Edmonton Oilers in a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist and Stuart Skinner made 20 saves for the Oilers (46-23-9, 101 points), who overtook the Kings for second place in the Pacific Division and moved within three points of the first-place Vegas Golden Knight with four games remaining for each team.

Vegas hosts the Kings on Thursday.

Viktor Arvidsson scored and Pheonix Copley made 30 saves for Los Angeles (45-23-10, 100 points), which was blanked 2-0 by Skinner and the Oilers on Thursday in Edmonton.

Draisaitl scored while on a power play with 7:20 left in the game to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead.

Connor McDavid assisted on the goal to extend his point streak to 12 games (eight goals, 15 assists).

Earlier in the game, Draisaitl had extended his point streak to 13 games (10 goals, 17 assists).

Darnell Nurse scored into an empty net with 1:36 left to make it 3-1.

The Oilers came up empty on their first two power plays, but capitalized on their third to end an 0-for-22 skid against the Kings with the man advantage.

Draisaitl made a long horizontal pass off the wall to Nugent-Hopkins above the left circle. Nugent-Hopkins had room to skate into the circle and send a wrist shot under Copley’s glove for his 36th goal of the season.

Despite a combined three power plays in the opening period, the Kings only outshot the Oilers 3-2 in the opening 20 minutes.

Edmonton did not record its first shot on goal until 5:06 remained in the opening period, and the Oilers did not have a shot on goal at even strength during the period.

The Kings denied Edmonton a third straight shutout for the first time in franchise history when Arvidsson scored from just inside the blue line to tie it 1-1 at 10:26 of the third period.

Kings forward Kevin Fiala, who leads the team with 72 points (23 goals, 49 assists), missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury.

Los Angeles forward Gabriel Vilardi (upper-body injury) missed his fifth straight game and defenseman Mikey Anderson (undisclosed injury) his third straight game.

–Field Level Media

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