Cam Talbot made 35 saves to record his second shutout in as many games and seventh of the season as the Edmonton Oilers closed out an eight-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.
Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic scored for the Oilers (39-24-9), who won their fourth game in a row to move one point ahead of Calgary and into a tie for second place in the Pacific Division with Anaheim. Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid each had a pair of assists, moving McDavid back into the NHL’s scoring lead with 82 points.
Jonathan Quick stopped 29 shots for the Kings (34-31-7), who have lost four of their last five games, further dashing their playoff hopes.
Maroon batted the rebound from a McDavid shot out of midair and past Quick just 64 seconds into the game. It was Maroon’s 25th goal of the season after having a previous career high of 12 goals.
The Oilers made it 2-0 on the power play with seven minutes left in the opening period as Lucic corralled a loose puck in the crease and slid it under Quick for his 17th. The goal ended a streak of 34 consecutive penalty kills on the road for Los Angeles.
The Oilers outshot L.A. 15-7 in the first, but the Kings recovered, going 26-25 after the scoreless second period as Talbot stood tall in net.