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Oilers outlast Kings, win 3-2 in shootout

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:42 PM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers outlast Kings, win 3-2 in shootout
Edmonton Oilers 3, Los Angeles Kings 2

Thanks to goals by Denis Grebeshkov and Dustin Penner, the Oilers owned a 2-0 lead after 50 minutes Thursday night in L.A., but the Kings countered to tie it up and force extra time. Five minutes of sudden death failed to figure out a winner, followed by nine rounds of shootout.

But in the 10th round, Oilers defenceman and former King Lubomir Visnovsky ended the breakaway relay by beating Erik Ersberg to secure a 3-2 win for the Oilers. At the opposite end of the ice, Jeff Deslauriers finished with 41 saves plus seven in the shootout.

FIRST PERIOD

The OIlers kept pace with the Kings through the first five minutes, but consecutive penalties to Ethan Moreau and Robert Nilsson stalled the visiting team's offensive efforts for the better part of five minutes. Edmonton continued the impressive penalty killing they showcased Wednesday night in Anaheim by limiting L.A. to one powerplay attempt.

With under eight minutes left in the frame, the Oilers experienced the other side of the man-advantage but saw the same result.

Overlapping interference minors ensured both clubs would start the middle frame with four skaters, seven shots, and no goals.

SECOND PERIOD

The Kings dominated the Oil to start the second, a situation that intensified when Marc Pouliot sat out two minutes for hooking. But a pair of big saves by Jeff Deslauriers helped Edmonton kill their fourth penalty of the game.

Despite posting one shot to every two Kings attempts through the frame, the Oilers were the first to make one count. At 13:38, Denis Grebeshkov capitalized on a screen and perfect deflection off defenceman Matt Greene's stick to beat Erik Ersberg for his sixth goal of the season and the first of the game.

The Oilers held on to their slim lead through to the second-period buzzer.

THIRD PERIOD

Seven minutes into the third, a holding minor to Anze Kopitar put special teams back on the ice. Only 28 seconds into the man-advantage, Dustin Penner fooled Ersberg with a sharp-angle shot to double Edmonton's lead.

The Kings reconvened after the goal and attacked. Although Deslauriers withstood the first few shots, a perfect backhander by Dustin Brown tucked under the crossbar to get L.A. back within one.

Four minutes after that, the home team erased the gap altogether. With Deslauriers sprawled on the ice attempting to smother the puck, Ryan Smyth cut in and flipped it into the open net, tying the game at two.

In the dying minutes of regulation, the Oilers net was dislodged and the whistle blew but Drew Doughty took the shot anyway. The puck flew into the net and Deslauriers took exception, pouncing on the young defenceman. The surprising brawl resulted in unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing minors and two minutes of four-on-four.

The opened-up ice gave both teams a taste of what was to come, as the tie game surpassed 60 minutes and headed to overtime.

OVERTIME

Former King Patrick O'Sullivan was the star of sudden death when he got a partial break on Ersberg, but the goalie stifled the shot to postpone the game-winner and force a shootout.

SHOOTOUT

Deslauriers and Ersberg frustrated the first shooters, allowing only one goal each on their first six shots faced. At that point, the puck started to go in, but the one that counted belonged to Lubomir Visnovsky. The defenceman's 10th round shot sealed a 3-2 win for the Oilers.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
13:38
EDM
Denis Grebeshkov (6) Tip-in - ASST: Steve Staios (7), Ethan Moreau (7)
1 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
07:47
EDM
PPG - Dustin Penner (24) Snap shot - ASST: Robert Nilsson (14), Lubomir Visnovsky (22)
2 - 0 EDM
11:05
LAK
Dustin Brown (15) Backhand shot - ASST: Rob Scuderi (8), Drew Doughty (33)
2 - 1 EDM
15:12
LAK
Ryan Smyth (19) Backhand shot - ASST: Dustin Brown (27), Anze Kopitar (36)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDLAKEDMTOTAL
1A. Kopitar
P. O'Sullivan
1 - 0
2J. Johnson
R. Potulny
1 - 0
3D. Brown
S. Horcoff
1 - 1
4R. Smyth
R. Nilsson
1 - 1
5J. Stoll
M. Comrie
1 - 1
6D. Doughty
M. Pouliot
1 - 1
7W. Simmonds
D. Penner
2 - 2
8B. Richardson
F. Pisani
2 - 2
9M. Handzus
G. Brule
3 - 3
10A. Frolov
L. Visnovsky
3 - 4
penalty summary
1st Period
06:46
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Tripping against  Rich Clune
09:59
EDM
Robert Nilsson  Hooking against  Wayne Simmonds
12:37
LAK
Wayne Simmonds  Hooking against  Tom Gilbert
18:58
LAK
Dustin Brown  Interference against  Steve Staios
19:11
EDM
Ryan Potulny  Interference against  Michal Handzus
2nd Period
09:08
EDM
Marc-Antoine Pouliot  Hooking against  Brad Richardson
15:40
EDM
Denis Grebeshkov  Tripping against  Drew Doughty
17:20
LAK
Jack Johnson  Holding against  Patrick O'Sullivan
3rd Period
07:19
LAK
Anze Kopitar  Holding against  Patrick O'Sullivan
18:11
LAK
Drew Doughty  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:11
EDM
Jeff Deslauriers  Roughing against  Drew Doughty
OT Period
01:39
EDM
Steve Staios  Tripping against  Dustin Brown
goalie stats
Jeff Deslauriers
SA: 43TOI: 65:00
Saves: 41EV: 32 - 34
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .953SH: 1 - 1
Erik Ersberg
Erik Ersberg
2-3-1
SA: 23TOI: 64:35
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .913SH: 0 - 0