Dazed after a collision with a teammate, McDavid collected himself, went down the ice one-on- one with Drew Doughty and beat Darcy Kuemper with a shot between the pads.
Paul LaDue's go-ahead power-play goal with 5 minutes 27 seconds remaining gave the Kings five victories in seven games before they leave for a season-long seven-game trip.
LaDue ripped a shot from the right side with Tanner Pearson blocking goalie Cam Talbot's view.
It restored order for the Kings, who had the momentum from Kuemper's two consecutive shutouts but were no-shows in a second period that resulted in a squandered 2-0 lead on goals by Kyle Clifford and Adrian Kempe.
While it was an easy decision to start Kuemper again, the Kings scratched Marian Gaborik and Nick Shore for the second game in a row in putting out their bottom-six forward unit.
His forecheck forced Oscar Klefbom into a turnover that Doughty grabbed and fed back to Kempe for a wrist shot that was his 16th goal of the season.
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