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Kempe's two goals help put Kings over Oilers, 5-1

Adrian Kempe scored a pair of goals and the Los Angeles Kings snapped a two-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.

Rasmus Kupari, Drew Doughty and Trevor Moore also scored for the Kings. Doughty added two assists, and Jonathan Quick made 21 saves.

Darnell Nurse scored for the Oilers, who lost two straight for the first time this season. Mikko Koskinen stopped 35 shots.

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) makes the save on Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) as Adrian Kempe (9) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

The Oilers got off to another bad start, as the Kings scored just two minutes in when Moore made a nice touch pass to Kupari at the side of the net for an easy tap-in past Koskinen.

The Kings made it 2-0 less than two minutes into the second period, with Kempe scoring his ninth on a wrist shot that Koskinen could have saved.

Edmonton got back into the game midway through the second period with a shorthanded goal. Nurse scored his first of the season, up high from a sharp angle past Quick. It was Nurse's first game back after missing six due to breaking a finger when he blocked a shot.

Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) and Zach Hyman (18) celebrate a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

A late comeback became more difficult for the Oilers when Connor McDavid took a five-minute major with 6:33 remaining in the third period after hitting Kempe from behind. Los Angeles got a power-play goal just over a minute later by Kempe — his second of the game on a rebound from the doorstep.

The Kings added a second goal on the man-advantage as Doughty was able to rifle a shot into a wide-open net. They then got their third goal in a span of 2:19 on the major penalty power-play, with Moore finding some space in front to beat Koskinen.

NOTES: Mike Smith (lower body), Devin Shore (lower body), Slater Koekkoek (lower body), and Duncan Keith (upper body) were all out for the Oilers, while Cody Ceci remained out under COVID-19 protocol. ... The Kings were missing two players due to COVID-19: Andreas Athanasiou and Blake Lizotte. … Kings forward Brendan Lemieux served the third of a five-game suspension for biting Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk.

Los Angeles Kings' Tobias Bjornfot (7) and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

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Kings: At Vancouver on Monday.

Oilers: Host Minnesota on Tuesday for the second game of a six-game homestand.

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Los Angeles Kings' Phillip Danault (24) and Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty (8) and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) makes the save on Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Viktor Arvidsson (33) is checked by Edmonton Oilers' Evan Bouchard (75) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Matt Roy (3) is checked by Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)

Los Angeles Kings' Lias Andersson (17) and Rasmus Kupari (89) celebrate a goal against Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (Jason FransonThe Canadian Press via AP)