|Los Angeles' Kyle Quincey challenges Edmonton's Shawn Horcoff during the second period at Rexall Place on Wednesday, Nov. 26th. Photo by Andy Devlin/EOHC.|
Although Ales Hemsky matched Los Angeles' opening goal with his sixth of the year in the first period, Anze Kopitar added a second Kings goal in the middle frame which would prove to be the game-winner.
Kopitar and Patrick O'Sullivan earned two points each in the game, while Edmonton's Dwayne Roloson stopped 27 shots for his fifth loss of the season.
Just over three minutes into the game, Oilers Captain Ethan Moreau took a double high-sticking minor to test the home penalty killers and goalie Dwayne Roloson.
Roloson -- with help from defenceman Jason Strudwick -- stopped four shots in the first two minutes of the powerplay when a penalty to L.A.'s Dustin Brown forced 1:36 of four-on-four. Only 18 seconds into Brown's interference minor, Patrick O'Sullivan lifted a rebound into the Oilers net to give the Kings an early 1-0 lead.
Moreau concluded his penalty following the goal and although Sheldon Souray was called for holding the stick shortly after, Roloson smothered L.A.'s third man-advantage.
At the period's midway point, the Oilers fired their fourth shot on Kings netminder Jason LaBarbera, resulting in their first goal. Poised at the corner of the crease, Ales Hemsky coralled a wayward shot and tapped it across the line to tie the game at one.
An interference penalty to former Oiler Matt Greene in the final three minutes of the frame offered Edmonton their second powerplay, but LaBarbera kept the game tied through to the first intermission.
The Kings hit 15 shots vs. the Oilers' 12 in the first few minutes of the second, but Roloson stepped up, stretched, and strove to maintain the tie game. At 6:43, L.A.'s Raitis Ivanans was called for hooking and Edmonton benefited from a third man-advantage.
Although the Oilers were unable to register a shot on LaBarbera, the goalie helped the home team by cross-checking Moreau and putting his club back on the penalty kill. But Edmonton endured a second shot-less powerplay to push the tie game into the latter half of the middle frame.
With six minutes left on the clock, Anze Kopitar renewed the Kings' lead. With his linemates surrounding Roloson, Kopitar received O'Sullivan's centering pass and wristed the puck into the net to put the visitors up 2-1 heading into the third period.
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Five minutes into the third, Steve Staios was called for boarding to give the Kings their fourth powerplay, but the Oilers out-lasted the man-advantage to stay within one.
The Oil put pressure on LaBarbera in the latter half of the final frame, but Los Angeles' goaltender maintained his club's lead heading into the game's dying minutes. Despite icing six skaters after the one-minute warning, Edmonton struggled to get the puck past LaBarbera and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Kings Wednesday night.