Oilers lose heartbreaker to Kings in shootout
|Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert battles for the puck in the corner of his own zone with the Kings' Kyle Clifford.
The Edmonton Oilers matched the Los Angeles Kings goal-for-goal and shot-for-shot through 65 minutes of play and five shootout rounds but Jarret Stoll's shootout goal finally clinched the victory in a 3-2 shootout defeat at Staples Center in L.A. on Thursday night.
Under the Scope
J-F Jacques and Taylor Hall
got the two goals for Edmonton while Jordan Eberle
also netted a shootout tally.
The game got off to a quiet start with a long shot by Kyle Clifford the only tally on goal for either side through the first six minutes.
Edmonton took the game's first penalty 9:27 into the game. Kurtis Foster
got a stick on Justin Williams along the side boards in the Oilers zone and was sent off for hooking as a result.
Shortly after the penalty expired, Theo Peckham
and Clifford engaged in an extended bout of fisticuffs. Clifford had the edge early but Peckham got a lot of shots in later on in the fight and then landed the decisive blow at the end to knock the Kings forward to the ice.
The Oilers received their first power play of the game at the 14:05 mark of the period. Williams was sent off for interfering with Stortini. On the man advantage, the only shot was taken by Linus Omark
With 1:16 to play in the first, Ryan Jones
took a cross-checking penalty to put the Kings on their second power play of the game. On the ensuing man advantage, Dubnyk made saves on Williams, Handzus and Simmonds in succession during a goalmouth scramble in front of the Oilers net.
Shots on goal after one period were 9 to 6 for the Kings. The Oilers were strong in the faceoff dot, winning 71% of all draws (12 for 17).
Edmonton killed off the Kings' power play to start the period. The best chance for L.A. came when Smyth backhanded it across the crease but the puck tipped off the stick of Penner in on Dubnyk. The Oilers netminder was able to get a skate on the puck, however.
Less than a minute later, the Kings' Handzus took a penalty and Edmonton capitalized quickly. Taylor Hall
came skating down the left side and wristed it past Kings netminder Jonathan Quick to make it a 1-0 game.
Los Angeles responded with a power play goal of their own to tie the game up. Williams fought off Smid as he skated into the Oilers zone. He then cut across the crease before slipping it low past Dubnyk.
Shots on goal at one point in the period were 9-9. However, the Kings started to carry the play to Edmonton, outshooting them 9-1 over a 12-minute stretch in the second.
The Oilers nearly pulled ahead with 6:25 to play in the middle frame. Penner backhanded a shot off the outside of the right post with Quick sprawled out on the ice.
After two periods, the shot count was 19-13 for Los Angeles.
59 seconds into the final frame, an Oilers penalty on Theo Peckham
put Edmonton back on their heels with the Kings on another power play opportunity. The Oilers were able to kill it off, however.
The two teams traded goals 20 seconds apart just before the five-minute mark of the period.
First, Zack Stortini
won a draw clean back to Theo Peckham
who shot it on net. J-F Jacques tipped it home to give Edmonton a 2-1 edge.
However, that lead was shortlived as 20 seconds later, Jack Johnson wired a shot from the left faceoff dot that found its way into the back of the net. Suddenly, the game was tied once again at 2-2.
Shots on goal were tied at 26 apiece at the end of regulation as Edmonton outshot the Kings 13-7 in the period.
rushed in with the puck early in OT and nearly snuck it past Quick on a backhand attempt.
After that, the Kings carried the territorial edge in extra time. The best Los Angeles chance came when Anze Kopitar snuck in behind the Oilers defence and redirected the puck in-close on Dubnyk.
With 26.2 seconds to play, L.A. got a penalty for having too many men on the ice. The Oilers were given a 4-on-3 man advantage to close out the extra frame.
After 65 minutes, shots on goal were 29 for each side.
First round, Kopitar tried a deke and was stopped by Dubnyk. Eberle fired it past Quick.
Second round, Johnson's shot was kicked away by Dubnyk. Hall's deke was denied by Quick.
Third round, Dustin Brown went five-hole on Dubnyk. Omark's shot attempt was stopped by Quick.
Fourth round, Michael Handzus was stopped by Dubnyk. Gagner's attempt was gloved down by Quick.
Fifth round, Dubnyk got a piece of Justin Williams' shot with his glove. Dustin Penner
was denied by Quick.
Sixth round, Jarrett Stoll's shot was initially stopped by Dubnyk before squeeking in. Quick then stopped Cogliano to seal the win for Los Angeles.
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