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Under the Scope: Oilers at Kings

An in-depth look at Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Kings

Friday, 24.12.2010 / 3:34 AM / Cenovus Game Story
By Ryan Dittrick  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers at Kings
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Both Devan Dubnyk and Jonathan Quick stood tall, keeping their respective teams tied at a pair for 65 minutes before heading to a shootout. Again, the goaltenders kept it close, but it was Quick who outlasted Dubnyk and the Oilers to provide his team with a 3-2 Thursday night at Staples Center.

The Oilers established leads twice throughout the night, courtesy of goals from rookie sensation Taylor Hall and physical presence J-F Jacques -- who recorded his first point of the 2010-11 season. Justin Williams and Jack Johnson scored for the Kings, while former-Oiler Jarret Stoll sealed the Oilers' fate with the winning marker in the skills competition.

Coming into tonight, the Oilers had won five consecutive contests at Staples Center; all of which coming in a shootout. The Kings ended that streak tonight, dropping the Oilers to an unsuccessful 0-2 road trip record, and a 12-15-6 season standing overall.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:


J-F Jacques first goal (and point) of the 2010-11 season put the Oilers up 2-1 at the 4:25 mark of the third period. Although it appeared that Edmonton had seized the momentum, Los Angeles was quick to respond. Just 20 seconds later, some offensive pressure rewarded the Kings with the equalizer at 4:45. Jack Johnson sniped a wrist shot from the top of the circle and beat Dubnyk to the tie the game 2-2. Although the ultimate turning point came in the shootout, the immediate response from the Kings quelled the Oilers' bid for a regulation time victory early in the final frame.


48 The Oilers won 48% of the draws tonight. Zack Stortini won all three that he took, while Sam Gagner was the leader on the night of those who undertook a full workload: 12-10, 55% in the dot.
59 Although these two clubs feature high-flying offensive ability, it was the physical game that stood out tonight. Both teams combined to record 59 hits (29 by Edmonton, 30 by Los Angeles).
11 Taylor Hall scored his 11th goal of the season tonight, which puts him atop the Oilers leaderboard in that regard this season.
25 Ryan Whitney is tied for the lead (with Kris Letang) among NHL defencemen in assists with 25 on the season.


Jonathan Quick
SA SV GA TOI SV%
29 27 2 65:00 .931


Devan Dubnyk
SA SV GA TOI SV%
29 27 2 65:00 .931


Taylor Hall
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 E 5



KINGS
Jonathan Quick
SA SV GA TOI SV%
29 27 2 65:00 .931

OILERS
Devan Dubnyk
SA SV GA TOI SV%
29 27 2 65:00 .931



KINGS
Drew Doughty - D

29:39 - 0P, E rating

OILERS
Tom Gilbert - D

24:0 - 0P, E rating

After the Oilers established an early 2-1 lead in the third period, the Kings wasted no time in creating a response. For much of the final frame, it appeared as though overtime was the destination. Indeed it was, but only because of some late-period heroics from Devan Dubnyk. A quick slapshot from former-Oiler Jarret Stoll in the high slot provided a challenge for the Oilers' netminder. Dubnyk was deep in his net, but reacted quickly to turn the shot away with his right pad. That save helped the Oilers leave Los Angeles with a valuable point as the Christmas break begins.


Dustin Penner had a fabulous outing for the Oilers. The talented winger was utilizing his size all evening as Edmonton was able to generate an excellent cycle game. Combined with linemates Andrew Cogliano and Magnus Paajarvi, the revamped second line produced six shots on goal, excluding a pair of posts. Ironically, none of the three were able to record a point, but the spark was most certainly created from the energy and willingness to compete from number 27.


It would certainly be fair to say that Andrew Cogliano has had a difficult season so far. The speedy centreman has struggled offensively, but his performance tonight was indicative of a change in pace. Cogliano had an excellent night between Dustin Penner and Magnus Paajarvi, as the trio generated a number of high quality scoring chances all evening. At the end of the night, Cogliano played 18:38 of responsible two-way hockey that featured three blocked shots on the defensive side.


Nagging wrist and all, Theo Peckham was game for dropping the mitts. At 11:46 of the first period, Peckham and Kyle Clifford exchanged pleasantries in a spirited bout that lasted for about a minute. The fight was fairly even, until Peckham broke free near the end and landed several solid shots on the opposition forward. The fight sparked the building and certainly got the Oilers bench buzzing as Peckham was awarded the victory following his late domination and eventual takedown.


Of late, the Oilers have had plenty of success against Los Angeles at Staples Center. In the team's last five visits, all have seen victorious results. Even more impressively, all had been won in a shootout. Both those streaks came to an end tonight, as Edmonton departs from Los Angeles with a shootout loss.


"We’re certainly trying.  There isn’t a part of our game that we’re not trying to get better at obviously, and certainly if you want to compete and win in this league you’ve got to be good defensively and we know that.  Penalty killing aside, we certainly improved inside our own blue line."


-  Head Coach Tom Renney on the loss to the Kings.




Saturday December 26 at Vancouver
  7:00 pm MT (SNET-W / 630 CHED)


The Oilers will now fly back to Edmonton for a brief two-day Christmas break before traveling to the west coast on Sunday to take on the Canucks.

Author: Ryan Dittrick | edmontonoilers.com