It was as workmanlike a performance from an opponent as you’ll see at Rexall Place, which is fitting, considering the Los Angeles Kings are coached by Darryl Sutter. On Thursday, the Kings strolled in to take on the Edmonton Oilers, scored on the first shift of the game and skated away with a 3-0 victory. They outshot the Oilers 48-17 in the process. “We wanted to have a good start and obviously scoring in the first minute helps,” said Kings centre Anze Kopitar, who started things off 27 seconds into the game. “After that, we were pressing pretty hard and had some pretty good offensive zone time and brought the game home pretty well, with no stress in the end and that’s what you want.” Little stress probably had a lot to do with little effort from the Oilers, who can’t wait for this disappointing season to come to an end. They’ll finally be put of out their misery Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks. Once the Kings scored, the Oilers lost interest and simply went through the motions. “I’ve been in that position my first couple of years in L.A.,” Kopitar said. “We were pretty much in the same spot and if a team in playoff spot gets a couple on you pretty quick, you’re in a tough spot. Right now, we just want to sharpen our game for pretty much a week from now so we’re ready to go in the playoffs.” The win meant little to the Kings, who will finish third in the Pacific Division standings and face the San Jose Sharks in the first round.
Kings took Oilers out of the game early and completely, 3-0
Edmonton Sun | Apr 11