While the Kings may not have had their best game in terms of scoring despite having 50 shots on goal against their former goaltender Ben Scrivens, they found a way to get the goals when they needed them, however lucky they needed to be. Forward Jeff Carter, the first star of the game, scored two goals and neither came directly from his stick. While many people deny it, luck is one of the biggest variables in the game of hockey; after Sunday’s game, Carter would most certainly agree with that.
His first goal came off a centering pass of his that was inadvertently kicked into the net by Oilers defenseman Philip Larsen, the epitome of a lucky goal. His second goal was was no different, as a rebound bounced off of his leg and past Scrivens to increase the Kings’ lead. Los Angeles goaltender Jonathon Quick made 25 saves on 27 shots, sealing the victory for the Kings after Alec Martinez and Trevor Lewis added a goal each to help the Kings win.
While the Kings are still struggling to be at the place that they want to be this season, they continue to distance themselves from the teams below them in the standings as they continue to win. The Kings are in third place in their division in a playoff spot, and they are 11 points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes, the team below them in the division standings.
The Kings might not be entirely happy with their season, if they continue to play the way they have been, they will easily make the playoffs. This will offer them a chance to redeem their season by making a statement when it counts.