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Published March 27, 2016
Tyler Toffoli had two goals and two assists, Trevor Lewis added a short-handed goal and the Los Angeles Kings completed a five-game season sweep of the Edmonton Oilers with a 6-4 victory on Saturday night.
Andy Andreoff and Jeff Carter also scored, Milan Lucic tied a career high with three assists and Jonathan Quick made 25 saves to help the Kings maintain their three-game lead over Anaheim for the Pacific Division lead with seven games left on the schedule.
Patrick Maroon had two goals in the third period for Edmonton and Jordan Eberle and rookie Connor McDavid scored in the first. Rookie Laurent Brossoit stopped 27 shots in his sixth NHL start, three days after his 23rd birthday. He is still looking for his first victory.
Toffoli gave the Kings a 3-2 lead at 3:11 of the second period with his team-high 29th goal just seconds after Zack Kassian hit the right post at the other end. Toffoli got a short pass from Lucic as he cut across the Oilers' blue line and easily stickhandled past Adam Cracknell before putting a short wrist shot past Brossoit's glove.
Andreoff played in his fourth straight game after spending the previous seven as a healthy scratch. He added his fifth of the season at 13:07 of the second.
Lewis made it 5-2 at 17:26 with his fourth career short-handed goal while teammate Rob Scuderi was off for hooking.
The Oilers began their belated comeback with 10:38 remaining when Maroon scored on a power play with Drew Doughty off for tripping. Maroon then redirected McDavid's short backhander from the left circle past Quick. But Carter put it away in the final minute with an empty-netter, his 20th goal of the season.
Brossoit left his crease to play a long clearing pass by Brayden McNabb and looked like he was going to leave the puck for defenseman Andrej Sekera. But Lewis suddenly swooped in and circled the net with it before beating the stunned Brossoit to the glove side.
Toffoli and Eberle each scored in the first 36 seconds of the game. McDavid and Carter then swapped goals 27 seconds apart, leaving the teams deadlocked 2 at 10:20 of the opening period.
Toffoli opened the scoring when he converted his own rebound after tipping McNabb's initial shot from the right point. Eberle then poked in his own rebound after Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin fanned on an attempted clearing pass in the right circle.
McDavid knocked the puck off Vincent Lecavalier's stick and past Quick in one motion for his 15th goal after Lecavalier skated the puck dangerously in front of his own net. But Carter responded with his first of the night, surviving a coach's challenge by Todd McLellan for goaltender interference against Lucic.
McDavid, the first overall pick in the draft, has 10 goals and 23 assists in 28 games after missing the previous 37 because of a fractured collarbone. His seven-game point streak has equaled his longest of the season.
The Oilers have lost nine straight games at Staples Center since Nov. 3, 2011, when Nikolai Khabibulin faced only 19 shots in a 3-0 win. The only players still on Edmonton's roster from that night are Eberle, Taylor Hall, Anton Lander and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
NOTES: This is the first time the Kings swept a season series of five or more games from any team. Only twice in franchise history have they beaten a club six times in a season — 2005-06 (Dallas) and 1967-68 (Pittsburgh). ... Los Angeles is 20-0 when scoring more than three goals, including five overtime wins. ... Quick is 19-1-5 in 25 career games against Edmonton, with only one shutout. ... The Oilers, coming off a 6-3 upset win at San Jose on Thursday, will go the entire season without posting back-to-back wins on the same road trip. ... The Kings, coming off road losses against Nashville, Minnesota and Winnipeg, haven't lost four straight games in regulation since Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2014. ... Quick was credited with an assist on Lewis' goal.