Kings 2, Edmonton Oilers 0
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: In the first game since losing leading-scorer Anze Kopitar to a season-ending ankle injury, Dustin Brown scored two goals to lead the Kings to the victory Tuesday night at Rexall Place in Edmonton, their sixth straight road win.
THE STAT: Brown scored his 26th and 27thgoals of the season for his second multi-goal game in the last three and sixth two-goal game this season.
TURNING POINT: The Kings took 18 shots on goal in the opening period but couldn’t beat Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Five minutes into the second period, Trevor Lewis brought the puck out from behind the Oilers' net and made a perfect pass on to the blade of Brown, who tapped in the puck for a 1-0 lead.
HOT: Lewis, who will be asked to step up his offensive game in the absence of Kopitar, assisted on both goals. He has three assists in the four-plus periods since Kopitar went down with his injury.
NOT: After scoring three goals in their last eight power plays, the Kings went 0-for-4 against the Oilers. Without their top two scorers, Kopitar and Justin Williams (dislocated shoulder), the Kings need to make the most of their opportunities.
GOOD MOVE: Kings coach Terry Murray went with backup goalie Jonathan Bernier against the worst team in the league and he stopped 32 shots in recording his third shutout of the season and fourth of his career. Murray now has a fresh goalie in Jonathan Quick to start Thursday in Vancouver against the Western Conference leaders. Bernier improved to 6-0-2 in his last eight starts.
BAD MOVE: The Kings absorbed 38 hits from the Oilers and gave back just 18. With the team still adjusting from two major injuries in the last eight days, opponents may be tempted to test the Kings’ toughness and they need to respond.
NOTABLE: The Kings remain in fifth place in the Western Conference standings and extended their lead to seven points over ninth-place Dallas with six games remaining.
UP NEXT: Thursday at Vancouver, 7 p.m.