Zack Stortini jams the puck in the crease in front of Kings netminder Jason LaBarbera.
- photo by Andy Devlin Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club
Los Angeles got on the board early when Anze Kopitar dished the puck over to Patrick O'Sullivan at the right side of Oilers starting goaltender Mathieu Garon. O'Sullivan redirected the puck out of the reach of Garon for the goal at the 5:45 mark.
Garon was busy in the first as Los Angeles outshot the Oilers 11-1 through the first 11 minutes of the game.
With six minutes to go in the first, Edmonton's line of Sam Gagner, Marty Reasoner and Jarret Stoll were able to establish a cycle down low in the Kings zone. Gagner got the puck back to the point for a Sheldon Souray slap shot but Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera made the save.
With 2:32 to play in the first, Zack Stortini and Raitis Ivanans dropped the gloves right off the faceoff. The fight was relatively even between the two though Ivanans did get Stortini's sweater up over his head.
In the final minute of the period, Ethan Moreau ignited the crowd when he levelled L.A. defenceman Jack Johnson behind the Kings net.
Shots on goal after one period were 13-3 for the Kings.
Edmonton came flying out of the gate to start the second period. During a scramble in front of the L.A. net, Marty Reasoner almost jammed the puck in.
Later on that same shift, the puck went back to Stoll whose slap shot was blocked by O'Sullivan. The Kings winger looked to have a clear path to the Oilers net but Tom Gilbert raced back to break up the play.
About a minute later, Kyle Brodziak's shot from the high slot was blocked by LaBarbera.
Edmonton had a 4-0 edge in shots to start the second but near the four-minute mark O'Sullivan found Dustin Brown at the left hash marks. His shot beat Garon glove side to increase the Kings' lead to 2-0.
O'Sullivan almost did it to the Oilers again eight minutes into the second as he slipped the puck low glove side through Garon but Staios cleared it away behind the Edmonton netminder before it crossed the line.
Denis Grebeshkov almost scored his second career NHL goal with seven minutes to go in the second period. He had the puck behind the net, skated out front and fired it through the crease. The puck hit Rob Blake at the left post and trickled along the goal line before sailing wide.
On the same shift the Oilers received their first man advantage of the night when Jack Johnson was sent off for holding.
On the power play, Gagner almost jammed the puck in with a backhand attempt but LaBarbera gloved the puck right on the goal line.
Shots after two periods were 21-16 but Edmonton found itself down by another goal at 2-0.
Dustin Penner had a sure goal taken away five minutes into the third. He one-timed a pass from Pitkanen but LaBarbera slid across to make the save.
The Kings scored a power play goal 6:30 into the third. Anze Kopitar's initial shot was kicked away by Garon but Lubomir Visnovsky fired the rebound high glove side to make it 3-0.
At the 10:49 mark, Dustin Penner used his reach to get the puck around LaBarbera and make it a two-goal game once again.
Edmonton mounted an attack late in the third but couldn't get a second goal.
NOTES: Rob Blake played in his 781st game as a King, moving him past Mattias Norstrom into first all-time in franchise history... With assists on the Penner goal, both Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky extended their scoring streaks to five games apiece.
Zack Stortini and Robert Nilsson scramble for the puck in front of L.A. goaltender Jason LaBarbera.
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