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Michael Cammalleri scores twice as Kings deal Oilers eighth straight loss

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Los Angeles Kings\' Aaron Miller (3) holds Edmonton Oilers\' Jason Smith, center, as he battles Kings\' Jamie Lundmark, right, at the end of the second period in a hockey game in Los Angeles, Monday, March 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Dave Waters) Author: The Hockey News

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Michael Cammalleri scores twice as Kings deal Oilers eighth straight loss

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Michael Cammalleri had two goals, and Rob Blake had a power-play goal and two assists to help Garon win for the first time in seven starts. Alexander Frolov also scored and Lubomir Visnovsky had three assists for the Kings, who snapped a five-game losing streak.

Garon made 26 saves.

Toby Petersen scored short-handed for Edmonton.

Edmonton's skid is three games shy of the franchise record, set during the 1993-94 season. The Oilers, who came within one victory of winning the Stanley Cup last June, have played their last three games with just 17 skaters due to the absence of 10 players including Ales Hemsky, Marty Reasoner, Petr Nedved, Steve Staios and Jan Hejda.

The Oilers had never begun a month with more than five straight losses since joining the NHL in 1979. They have been outscored 32-6 and are 0-for-22 on the power play during this streak, which began one game before they sent Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders at the trade deadline.

Jussi Markkanen, benched by Oilers coach Craig MacTavish on Friday, surrendered two goals on the first three shots he faced.

Clarke opened the scoring in his 15th NHL game and fourth since getting recalled from the AHL. The 27-year-old left wing used Edmonton defenceman Danny Syvret as a screen and beat Markkanen to the glove side with a wrist shot from the middle of the left circle at 2:05.

Frolov scored his 34th goal at 5:27 of the first on a rebound after Markkanen stopped Aaron Miller's slapshot.

Markkanen skated back to the bench, but only to change sticks. He stopped the next 17 shots he faced before Cammalleri beat him high to the glove side with a short wrist shot at 9:39 of the second period for a 3-1 lead. Cammalleri capped the scoring with his 29th goal on a power play with 4:13 remaining.

Petersen trimmed the Kings' lead to 2-1 at 10:32 of the first, scoring his third career short-handed goal on a breakaway. The Oilers have scored two goals in the past three games - both short-handed.

Notes: The Oilers haven't scored more than four goals in their last 48 regular-season road games since beating the Kings 5-3 on Jan. 26, 2006. They have scored four or fewer in all but two of their last 30 games overall. ... Clarke, from La Verne, was the first Southern California-born player in the Kings' 40-year history. LW Gabe Gauthier, called up Saturday from Manchester, is the second. He was born in Torrance, Calif. There have been 19 Southern Californians in the NHL.

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Michael Cammalleri scores twice as Kings deal Oilers eighth straight loss