One of the primary ways to get the
They've heard it nearly everywhere. From Anaheim to El Segundo. From Winnipeg and now in Edmonton.
On Tuesday night, the the switch was in the "on" position for the reigning
For Lewis, the three points was a career high, a goal and two assists. His goal, his ninth of the season, made it 2-0 at 19:01 of the first period and came off a nicely executed two-on-one with Kopitar.
Kopitar scored his first goal in seven games (his shot glancing off Oilers defenseman
"We need that out of him," Coach Darryl Sutter said of Kopitar. "We need him to be a top guy every night if we're going to make the playoffs."
Kopitar said his line, which includes Lewis and
Lewis was also impressed with Kopitar.
"Kopi is such a big strong guy," Lewis said, "most guys when they get the puck they want you to come in and help them. He's so strong he tells you to get away and get open."
The other Kings goals came from defenseman Matt Greene, center
Edmonton's goals came from
Despite the burst of offense — the first time the Kings have scored five goals since beating Calgary, 5-3, in that Feb. 12 game — they are still out of a playoff spot because the
"We could make it a lot easier on ourselves if we don't go through stretches where we're losing games," Kings defenseman
There is the matter of getting into the playoffs, of course. This brings us back to the flipping-the-switch narrative.
"People keep saying it," Kings center
"It's easy to say that, very tough to do. We've done it a couple of times, but you can't rely on that. You've got to play the right way and play good hockey every game. It's so tight."
Meanwhile, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, who is home in Los Angeles, said in an interview that the progress of defenseman