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

27 SOG
28 SOG
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EDM
LAK
game recap

Oilers 5, Kings 3

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:49 PM

Associated Press

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ethan Moreau had gone 18 games without a goal. Todd Harvey hadn't scored in his last 15. Raffi Torres and Radek Dvorak each had 10-game droughts.

All four players ended their respective dry spells Thursday night and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-3 to complete a Southern California sweep.

Torres scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Moreau got a shorthanded goal less than two minutes later, leading the Oilers to the victory one night after their 6-3 win at Anaheim. This was the 20th time the Oilers have played the Kings and Mighty Ducks back-to-back on the same road trip, and the sixth time they've won both games.

"I felt like I got a 25-pound weight off my back," Torres said. "It's been a while, and it's been a stressful long month and a half."

Torres put Edmonton ahead 3-2 with 15:33 left in the third period, converting a pass from behind the net from Georges Laraque for his 16th goal and first since Dec. 31. Jarret Stoll, playing with nine stitches over his left eye after getting checked from behind by Anaheim's Vitaly Vishnevski, also got an assist on the goal.

Moreau gave the Oilers a two-goal margin with his ninth of the season, completing a 2-on-1 rush with his 13th career shorthanded goal while teammate Marty Reasoner was serving a hooking penalty.

"It was huge. Anytime you get a shorthanded goal, it really deflates the opposition," Moreau said. "It's a big part of our game and it's won us a couple of games.

"It's just because of our team speed, and our defensemen are so patient and so good at breaking up plays, and they block a lot of shots. That's where our offense comes from - when they lay down in front of a shot and we chip the puck by their defensemen when the other team tries to keep it in the zone."

Ryan Smyth had a power-play goal and rookie goaltender Mike Morrison made 25 saves, improving to 7-2-0 in 10 NHL starts and 6-0 on the road.

"It's fun playing on the road," Morrison said. "Don't get me wrong. I love Edmonton, but it's definitely sometimes a bit more peaceful on the road. I feel a lot less pressure. You can just go out there and play the game. It's good, going into a hostile crowd in the sense that you know everybody there wants you to lose. That underdog-facing-the-world attitude is something I've always liked."

Luc Robitaille, Craig Conroy and Michael Cammalleri scored for the Kings, who got defenseman Aaron Miller back on the ice for the first time since Dec. 21 after he missed 16 games because of back spasms. Goaltender Mathieu Garon made 22 saves and dropped to 0-4 lifetime against the Oilers.

"The outcome was not what I was looking for in my first game back," Miller said. "I feel better than I thought I would, even though it took a little time to get back into it."

The Kings grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second period as Robitaille and Conroy scored 92 seconds apart.

Derek Armstrong put on a burst of speed across the Edmonton blue line, then made a behind-the-back, no-look pass right onto Robitaille's stick as he came down the slot unchecked. The Kings' all-time leading goal-scorer put a short wrist shot past Morrison's glove for his 12th of the season.

"Right now we're playing a conference game every night. It's desperation time," Robitaille said. "We essentially have to get in playoff mode."

Conroy put Los Angeles ahead with his 15th career shorthanded goal while teammate Jeff Cowan was off for high-sticking Moreau.

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish called a timeout to break the Kings' momentum, and it worked. Dvorak finished off a slick passing play with Reasoner and defenseman Steve Staios, beating Garon with a short backhander at 11:40 of the period to tie it at 2.

Edmonton went on the power play just 8 seconds after the opening faceoff and capitalized 26 seconds after Conroy was sent off for hooking Ales Hemsky. Chris Pronger took a slap shot a few feet inside the blue line and Garon made the save with his left leg, but Smyth tapped the rebound into a wide-open net for his 21st goal.

Notes: The Oilers acquired D Dick Tarnstrom from Pittsburgh in exchange for D Cory Cross and RW Jani Rita - the 13th overall pick in the 1999 draft. They also obtained D Jaroslav Spacek from Chicago for LW Tony Salmelainen. ... The Kings were 8-8 during Miller's absence, including two overtime losses. ... Oilers rookie D Matt Greene received two delay-of-game penalties for clearing the puck over the glass.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:34
EDM
PPG - Ryan Smyth (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Pronger (27), Shawn Horcoff (38)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
07:58
LAK
Luc Robitaille (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Derek Armstrong (18), Lubomir Visnovsky (35)
1 - 1 Tie
09:31
LAK
SHG - Craig Conroy (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Frolov (27)
2 - 1 LAK
11:40
EDM
Radek Dvorak (5) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Staios (15), Marty Reasoner (15)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
04:27
EDM
Raffi Torres (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Georges Laraque (7), Jarret Stoll (32)
3 - 2 EDM
06:17
EDM
SHG - Ethan Moreau (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Peca (12)
4 - 2 EDM
11:46
LAK
PPG - Mike Cammalleri (17) Snap shot - ASST: Craig Conroy (33), Mattias Norstrom (19)
4 - 3 EDM
15:13
EDM
Todd Harvey (4) Slapshot - ASST: Fernando Pisani (11)
5 - 3 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
00:08
LAK
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Ales Hemsky
06:24
LAK
George Parros  Hooking against  Georges Laraque
14:04
EDM
Todd Harvey  Interference on goalkeeper against  Mathieu Garon
17:58
LAK
Lubomir Visnovsky  Tripping against  Ethan Moreau
2nd Period
02:00
EDM
Matt Greene  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
03:25
EDM
Jason Smith  Slashing against  Dustin Brown
08:34
LAK
Jeff Cowan  Hi-sticking against  Ethan Moreau
12:00
EDM
Jarret Stoll  Holding against  Lubomir Visnovsky
16:07
EDM
Raffi Torres  Interference against  Dustin Brown
17:25
LAK
Dustin Brown  Too many men/ice - bench
18:00
LAK
Mike Cammalleri  Slashing against  Shawn Horcoff
3rd Period
04:46
EDM
Marty Reasoner  Hooking against  Luc Robitaille
09:50
EDM
Matt Greene  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:47
LAK
Mattias Norstrom  Holding against  Georges Laraque
goalie stats
Michael Morrison
SA: 28TOI: 59:56
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .893SH: 2 - 3
Mathieu Garon
SA: 27TOI: 57:00
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .815SH: 2 - 3