This looked like the game everyone expected to see from the Kings earlier in the week, one in which they were lacking chemistry, were sluggish and flat-out tired after returning home from a seven-game trip that lasted almost two weeks.
The impact didn't hit them Tuesday in a win against Calgary but seemed to finally strike Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers.
After two-plus periods, it lifted just in time. The Kings stirred to life in the third, sparked by a gritty goal by a determined Jeff Carter. The center jump-started his teammates and the Kings went on to defeat the Oilers, 2-1, at Staples Center.
“I think we just got better as the game went on,” said...