Kings Vs. Oilers: Anze Kopitar Helps Kings To Pacific Division Lead

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 13: Mike Richards #10 and Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate after Doughty's slap shot deflected off of Richards for a goal in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Staples Center on March 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Kings last won a division title in 1991.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 road win over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Friday night, moving the Kings into first place in the Pacific Division. The Kings, who have four regular season games remaining, are seeking their first division title since 1991.

Kopitar opened the scoring just 52 seconds into the game with his 25th goal of the season to give the Kings a 1-0 lead. But only 42 seconds later, Jordan Eberle scored on the power play, his 33rd goal of the year, to knot the score at 1-1. Mike Richards added his 17th goal of the season later in the period, in which the Kings outshot Edmonton 9-2.

The Kings added single goals in each of the second and third periods, by Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez respectively. For the game, the Kings outshot the Oilers 32-14.

Jonathan Quick saved 13 of 14 shots for the win, his 34th of the season.

The Kings have won two straight and eight of their last 10 games, and conclude their road trip on Saturday against the Minnesota Wild.

For more news and notes on Kings hockey, be sure to read Jewels From The Crown.

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