Scoring four goals against Nashville, Minnesota and Winnipeg didn't get the
His response Saturday was to bring the band back together, which in this case meant
"Jeff Carter's line was as good as those three guys have been all year. They were outstanding," Sutter said Saturday. "Jeff was making a lot of plays out there and his speed was very evident, especially against a really fast team. It was good to see Tyler score from in close. He's had trouble in close lately scoring goals and finishing, so it's good to score some goals."
Toffoli, the team leader with 29 goals, said it was easy for him to skate alongside Carter and Lucic.
"We started the year together. We had that chemistry," Toffoli said. "We're just trying to find our game, get lots of shots." He had a team-high five shots on goal, Carter had four and Lucic had two, one-third of the overall total of 33.
But no one was completely happy, because the Kings gave up two goals in the third period to allow Edmonton to close within 5-4, and because they've allowed 15 goals in the last four games.
"I know it's great we got six tonight, but getting four against is kind of unacceptable," Lucic said. "We've got to clean that up here, with seven games before the playoffs start, because you can't just flip a switch and expect it to just happen once the playoffs start."
"We want to get our game 100% going into the playoffs and playing the right way," he said. "It's a good sign we're scoring big goals but at the same time we've got to tighten it up a little bit and just get better."
Center Vinny Lecavalier played only 10 minutes 29 seconds, his lowest ice time since his second game after the Kings acquired him from Philadelphia. He had missed Thursday's game because of an injury whose nature was not disclosed. Earlier Saturday, Sutter offered an almost poetic assessment of Lecavalier's revival.
"Two months ago, three months ago, they said he was done," Sutter said. "They just didn't finish the sentence. He's done well."
Carter reached 20 goals for the eighth straight season and the ninth time in 10
KINGS AT SAN JOSE SHARKS
When: Monday, 7 p.m. PDT.
Where: SAP Center.
On the air: TV: NBCSN; Radio: 790.
Update: The Kings are 2-2 against the
Sharks goalie Martin Jones, who was traded by the Kings to Boston and on to San Jose last summer, has thrived as a starter, compiling a 35-21-4 record with five shutouts, a 2.25 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.