EDMONTON, Alberta -- Nikolai Khabibulin has never had a losing streak this long.
"I don't think I've ever lost that many in a row," Khabibulin said. "It's been strange. There were a few games that we should have won and didn't.
"I'm trying not to get frustrated. Obviously, I am not happy about it. You just have to keep trying and trying."
Ryan Smyth scored two goals to lead Los Angeles to victory. Jack Johnson added a goal and two assists for the Kings, who completed the second game of a 10-game road trip. Los Angeles improved to 4-0-1 in its last five outings.
"He does a great job on the power play," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said of Smyth. "Both of those goals, he didn't let the goalie see them.
"Whether he tipped them or not, it doesn't really matter, the goals were scored mostly because of him. If the goalie is able to see that puck it's never going to go in."
Magnus Paajarvi scored for the Oilers (15-27-8), who have lost two straight and 16 of 19.
Edmonton coach Tom Renney was behind the bench despite the death of his father on Tuesday.
Renney said Khabibulin and the Oilers can't get beaten down by the losing.
"He wants to get off the [losing streak] and I'll continue to give him the opportunity to do so," Renney said. "As with our team, we can't allow frustration to become the enemy here because it can quite quickly take the wind out of your sails and hurt an awful lot of good work.
"As much as the standings suggest otherwise, we have done a lot of good things here and will continue to do so. Like anybody else, he has to stand tall through all of this and find a way to get through it."
The Oilers controlled the bulk of the play for most of the scoreless first period, outshooting the Kings 12-5, but Los Angeles had the best chance with five minutes left.
Edmonton came close a couple times on the power play late in the first but Kurtis Foster's slap shot hit the post. A loose puck that had fallen behind goalie Jonathan Quick was then cleared to safety before Linus Omark could get to it.
The Oilers opened the scoring three minutes into the second period as Sam Gagner made a beautiful move to spin past Los Angeles' Trevor Lewis and found Paajarvi at the side of the net for the goal.
Los Angeles countered 24 seconds later on the power play as Smyth tipped Doughty's shot past Khabibulin for his 20th goal. The Kings went ahead 2-1 midway through the second on another power play as Smyth seemed to again deflected Doughty's point shot.
"It's nice to contribute on the power play," Smyth said. "Our power play has been lacking of late. It's something that can win or lose you hockey games, and we were able to capitalize on two of them. I didn't touch the second one. I don't even think I got the first one, I just try to cause them."
Los Angeles had a chance to go ahead by two goals four minutes into the third when Jarret Stoll was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down by Ladislav Smid. Stoll was unable to slip the puck between Khabibulin's pads.
The Kings went ahead 3-1 with five minutes remaining when Johnson's shot from the point found its way into the net.
- The Kings won the two previous meetings against the Oilers in Los Angeles.
- The Kings are 7-0-4 against the Oilers since losing 5-4 on Feb. 28, 2008.
- Oilers forward Ales Hemsky returned after missing four games and All-Star weekend because of a concussion.
- Edmonton sent RW Zack Stortini to Oklahoma City (AHL) after he cleared waivers.
- Oilers rookie RW Jordan Eberle is expected to return to the lineup on Friday. Eberle has been out since Jan. 1 with a sprained ankle.
- Los Angeles was without LW Scott Parse (hip). LW Marco Sturm (knee) is day-to-day.
- The Kings are on the long road trip became their home arena will host the Grammy Awards and the NBA All-Star Game.