Los Angeles
Kings
42-35-5
Edmonton
Oilers
41-28-13

29 SOG
33 SOG
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game recap

Oilers 5, Kings 3

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:49 PM

Associated Press

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Oilers 5, Kings 3
Los Angeles Kings 3, Edmonton Oilers 5

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - It might be better to be lucky than good. The Edmonton Oilers have been both lately in comeback fashion.

Ales Hemsky scored the winning goal off his foot and the Oilers won their fifth straight with a big third period, topping the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 Friday night.

Edmonton has rallied to win its last four games.

"It's not part of the game plan, that's for sure," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We're just on a bit of a roll."

Hemsky scored off a pass from defenseman Chris Pronger after Kings goalie Mathieu Garon took a high-sticking double minor for chopping Ryan Smyth across the nose.

Raffi Torres tied it 3-3 in the third period for Edmonton, which scored three times in the final period.

Jarret Stoll scored a goal and assisted on Pronger's tally that came when the Oilers had a two-man advantage. Mike Peca added an empty-net, power-play goal off Shawn Horcoff's third assist of the frame.

The Oilers, who began a four-game homestand, are 7-0-3 in December.

Mattias Norstrom, Michael Cammalleri and Craig Conroy scored for Los Angeles (22-14-1), which saw its four-game winning streak end.

"We wasted a good effort against a very good team," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "But I'm not about to kick dirt on my players."

The Oilers killed off two-man advantages in the first and third periods. The Kings were 0-12 on the power play, but the Oilers made the most of their chances by going 3-for-12.

"We gave them numerous opportunities ... and they ended up capitalizing," Conroy said. "It's worse than ever for us."

Stoll said Pronger, who led the Oilers with 29:07 of ice time, is a big reason why Edmonton is enjoying such early-season success.

"All the tough minutes, he's out there," Stoll said. "He does the things that maybe the fans don't know about, the little things."

Edmonton started burly forward Georges Laraque against Kings agitator Sean Avery. But there was no friction in the game following Laraque's accusations that Avery uttered a racial slur during the Oilers' 3-1 loss on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles.

However, Avery was subjected to derisive chants from the crowd throughout the game.

Notes: Kings D Joe Corvo took a puck off the nose 3:28 in but returned. He assisted on Cammalleri's goal in the second period. ... The Oilers will open a two-game series against Minnesota on Monday. ... Peca drilled Kings D Lubomir Visnovsky face-first into the end boards in the third. He was called for boarding. ... Edmonton LW Ethan Moreau had his eight-game scoring streak snapped.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:58
LAK
Mattias Norstrom (1) Snap shot - ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (6)
1 - 0 LAK
10:14
EDM
Jarret Stoll (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Reasoner (11), Fernando Pisani (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:45
EDM
PPG - Chris Pronger (4) Slapshot - ASST: Ales Hemsky (26), Jarret Stoll (22)
2 - 1 EDM
09:44
LAK
Mike Cammalleri (12) Snap shot - ASST: Joe Corvo (10), Lubomir Visnovsky (26)
2 - 2 Tie
15:50
LAK
Craig Conroy (14) Tip-in - ASST: Tim Gleason (14), Alex Frolov (23)
3 - 2 LAK
3rd Period
08:34
EDM
Raffi Torres (14) Snap shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (25), Igor Ulanov (6)
3 - 3 Tie
13:15
EDM
PPG - Ales Hemsky (9) Tip-in - ASST: Chris Pronger (16), Shawn Horcoff (26)
4 - 3 EDM
19:21
EDM
PPG - EN - Michael Peca (5) Snap shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (27), Marc-Andre Bergeron (11)
5 - 3 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
03:11
EDM
Michael Peca  Hi-sticking against  Joe Corvo
07:37
LAK
Alex Frolov  Hooking against  Raffi Torres
07:55
EDM
Jarret Stoll  Interference
16:12
EDM
Michael Peca  Hi-sticking against  Craig Conroy
17:23
EDM
Chris Pronger  Hooking against  Derek Armstrong
2nd Period
00:50
LAK
Nathan Dempsey  Tripping against  Raffi Torres
00:56
LAK
Mike Weaver  Delay of game
03:18
EDM
Jason Smith  Roughing against  Tom Kostopoulos
03:59
LAK
Craig Conroy  Interference
06:13
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Craig Conroy
10:09
LAK
Lubomir Visnovsky  Tripping against  Ethan Moreau
10:15
EDM
Jarret Stoll  Hi-sticking against  Mike Weaver
10:52
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Hi-sticking against  Jeff Giuliano
13:19
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Igor Ulanov
13:19
EDM
Igor Ulanov  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
17:41
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Mike Weaver
3rd Period
00:59
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Holding the stick against  Raffi Torres
01:15
LAK
Jeff Giuliano  Hooking against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
04:20
EDM
Todd Harvey  Abusive language - bench
04:20
EDM
Georges Laraque  Hooking against  Derek Armstrong
05:21
LAK
Craig Conroy  Interference against  Jarret Stoll
10:04
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
11:49
LAK
Mathieu Garon  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Smyth
11:49
LAK
Mathieu Garon  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Smyth
17:08
EDM
Michael Peca  Boarding against  Lubomir Visnovsky
18:04
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Tripping against  Ryan Smyth
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 32TOI: 59:07
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 4PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Ty Conklin
SA: 29TOI: 59:57
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0