Kings rally late, Oilers win in shootout
Kings rally late, Oilers win in shootout
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- A late goal helped the Los Angeles Kings
salvage a point, but Dwayne Roloson made sure that was all they
Roloson stopped both attempts he faced in the shootout and Sam
Gagner and Robert Nilsson scored in the bonus format to lift the
Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Kings on Saturday.
Dustin Penner recorded a goal and an assist, Shawn Horcoff
scored on the power play and Ales Hemsky set up both tallies for
the Oilers, who won despite being outshot, 41-21.
"He was outstanding, he played exceptionally well," Edmonton
coach Craig MacTavish said of Roloson. "It was a great
performance by Rolly."
Edmonton appeared on its way to victory in regulation before
Andrew Cogliano was whistled for tripping with 1:40 remaining in
the third period. The Kings pulled rookie goaltender Jonathan
Quick for an extra attacker, and the move paid off as captain
Dustin Brown tied the game at 2-2 with 26 seconds left in
"The game was there at the end, and it would've been great to
get both points," Quick said. "But we're fortunate we ended up
with at least one point after that first period."
But Roloson, who made 39 saves in regulation and overtime,
stopped Patrick O'Sullivan to open the shootout, and Gagner beat
Quick to the glove side to give the Oilers an early edge.
"I just tried to get him moving," Gagner said. "I did that move
in preseason, and I haven't used it yet, so I just faked the
shot and tried to get it up, and it worked out."
After Roloson turned aside Alexander Frolov's wrist shot,
Nilsson used a nifty move to slide the puck past Quick, giving
Edmonton its second straight shootout win over Los Angeles.
The Kings trailed, 2-0, after the first period before taking
advantage of another two-man advantage early in the second.
With a pair of Oilers in the penalty box, Michal Handzus set up
in front of Roloson, and rookie defenseman Drew Doughty blasted
a shot from the point past the netminder at 6:29 of the session.
Despite owning a 16-3 shot advantage in the second period, the
Kings were unable to do any more damage and trailed by one until
Brown's dramatic goal sent the game into overtime.
"The first period wasn't the scenario we're trying to put on the
table, but it sometimes happens," Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar
said. "They were jumping on loose pucks, but in the second
period, we dominated - we had (a lot) more shots than them. It
seems that we're generating a lot of chances, but we are not
getting any lucky breaks. I'm sure if we're creating, those
breaks are going to come, too."
It was a physical contest, featuring three different fights, 66
combined penalty minutes and 74 total hits.
"I think it's just the nature of the playoff chase," said Brown,
who sustained a big hit midway through the third period. "We're
fighting for a spot, and they were going after some of our
players and we went after some their players. That's just the
nature of the way the playoff chase is going to be."
Los Angeles' struggles at home continued as it fell to 1-4-1 in
its last six at Staples Center.
"It was a hard game," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "We wanted
to come out better than what we did in the first period. I
didn't feel that we were skating, and it's a playoff atmosphere
with that kind of importance, and we did not respond as we
needed to. The second and third periods were terrific. It was
hard work and it was a hard game down low. It was very
The Oilers jumped ahead, 1-0, at 4:58 of the opening period,
when Penner took a backhand pass from Hemsky and beat Quick for
the early lead.
Horcoff doubled the advantage on the power play with 6:49 left
in the session with his first goal in nine games.
"It was a very competitive game, indicative of where everybody
is in the standings and how important games are," MacTavish
said. "Night in and night out, two teams that desperately want
to win, and the players played hard. It was a heckuva hockey
Quick made 19 saves in losing his second straight contest
following a four-game winning streak.