Oilers 4, Kings 3 (SO)
Oilers forward Robert Nilsson battles Kings centre Michal Handzus for the puck.
Los Angeles tied the game late in the third period but it was shootout magic once again for Edmonton, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. Mathieu Garon made 31 saves and turned away all three Kings in the shootout.
scored Edmonton's lone shootout goal while Robert Nilsson was denied on his attempt.
The Kings' Mike Cammalleri hit the post, Dustin Brown shot high and Anze Kopitar was stopped by Garon.
Los Angeles made it 1-0 early in the first period. Anze Kopitar's shot from the top of the right circle went off the stick of Pitkanen and fooled Mathieu Garon with the trajectory, going up and over his shoulder.
Midway through the period, the Oilers were jamming at the puck in the Los Angeles crease. Stortini's backhand from the right post looked to sneak past Aubin but referee Paul Devorski said he blew the whistle before it went in.
Shortly after the disallowed goal, Edmonton went on the power play. Jon Klemm received two minutes for hooking. The Oilers moved the puck well during the two minutes, registering three shots on goal, but could not beat Aubin.
Right at the end of the penalty, Kopitar cleared the puck over the glass from his own zone to put Edmonton back on the five-on-four.
Shots on goal after one were 9-6 for Edmonton.
Early in the second, Edmonton scored to pull the game back on even terms.
Joni Pitkanen skated into the Los Angeles zone and blasted a slap shot from the top of the left circle glove side behind Aubin.
Following the goal, L.A. had back-to-back penalties by Raitis Ivanans and Dustin Brown to give Edmonton an extended power play spanning almost four minutes.
With time ticking down in the Brown penalty, Gilbert pinched in for a last-ditch scoring chance but instead was caught deep in the Kings zone as the penalty killers broke out of the zone.
Jack Johnson's shot while on a partial breakaway was stopped by Garon as he stuck out his right pad.
L.A.'s uncharacteristic parade to the penalty box continued shortly after the Brown penalty expired. Derek Armstrong checked Steve Staios behind the Edmonton net but in the follow-through his stick hit the back of Staios' head.
On the ensuing power play, Pitkanen's dump in went off the end boards and took a wild bounce in front, fooling Aubin. Penner skated into the slot and fired it in.
Los Angeles evened the game on a power play of its own midway through the period.
Moments after Horcoff slid across to block a shot, taking away a sure goal from Jack Johnson, Dustin Brown stopped a cross-crease pass with his skate and then jammed the puck by Garon.
With six minutes to go in the second, Garon came up with another huge save. Ladislav Nagy fired the puck across the crease to a pinching Brad Stuart but the Oilers netminder stretched across to make the save.
Edmonton regained the lead with 5:11 to play in the second. Robert Nilsson's shot from the left point was tipped on its way to the net by Patrick Thoresen, beating Aubin for the goal.
L.A. tried to get back on even terms on the next shift but Garon came up with a pair of absolutely brilliant saves to keep his team in the lead. Brian Willsie's shot from the slot was knocked away by Garon's outstretched glove. Moments later, Willsie again had a chance from the top of the crease but again was denied.
Shots were even at 19-19 after 40 minutes.
Robert Nilsson came close to making it a 4-2 game when his shot from the right point fluttered past the open cage. Aubin was out of position and couldn't recover in time but was fortunate the puck missed the mark.
Los Angeles carried most of the play in the final frame, outshooting the Oilers 5-1 through the first 12 minutes of the period. For several consecutive shifts, Edmonton was pinned deep in their end.
With 5:56 to go, Kopitar centered the puck to the front of the Oilers net and looked to have the game tied up but Garon came across to pull the puck off the line. On the play, the puck was redirected out of harm's way by the stick of Staios.
Los Angeles finally beat Garon with 1:28 to go in the third period. Rob Blake deflected a shot on net before crashing the crease to get the puck over the line.
Shots in the third period were 12-2 for L.A and 31-21 Kings through 60 minutes.
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