|EDM||1||1||1||0||1 (2 - 2)||4|
|LAK||0||0||3||0||0 (1 - 3)||3|
Tom Gilbert picked up three points and Mike Comrie had two goals but most importantly, Devan Dubnyk played the best game of his career, making 52 saves to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
The Oilers were up 3-0 in the third period before the Kings stormed back to tie it, but Edmonton didn't give up and were able to collect themselves enough to pull out the shootout victory.
Dustin Brown came within inches of opening the scoring about 1:30 into the game. His wrister from the left circle went off Dubnyk then bounced off the post.
Seven minutes into the first, Edmonton received the game's first man advantage after Jeff Halpern clipped Ryan Jones.
With the Oilers still on the powerplay midway through the opening frame, Fredrik Modin intercepted a Ryan Whitney pass and broke in behind the Oilers defence. He was hauled down by Whitney which set up a penalty shot. On the penalty shot, Modin attempted a glove side wrister but was denied by Dubnyk.
The Oilers were unable to generate anything during their remaining powerplay time.
11 minutes in, Ryan Potulny hauled down Modin to put the Kings on their first man-power advantage. The Kings kept the play in the Edmonton zone through most of the two minutes and did get three shots on goal but could not solve Dubnyk, keeping the game scoreless.
Mike Comrie put Edmonton on the board first after a beautiful stretch pass from Tom Gilbert sent him in alone. Comrie switched from backhand to forehand then fired it in-close on Kings netminder Jonathan Quick. He quickly banged in the rebound for the goal.
The Kings looked to respond shortly after. During a scramble in front of Dubnyk, Scott Parse was on the ice and kneed the puck into the net. It was waived off right away by the official and after a quick review, the no goal was confirmed.
Dubnyk made a great stop on Alexander Frolov about a minute later. Frolov broke in alone and tried to deke the Oilers netminder but Dubnyk denied it.
Shots on goal after one period were 14-6 in favour of Los Angeles but the Oilers had the edge on the scoreboard.
Mike Comrie picked up his second of the game early in the period. He attempted to dish the puck over to Ryan Potulny at the left side of the net but his pass went off the skate of Rob Scuderi and in past Quick to make it 2-0 Oilers. Gilbert and Whitney assisted on the goal once again, giving all three players two-point games.
Los Angeles continued their barrage of the netminder Dubnyk as the middle frame continued. Midway through the period, shots were 14-5 Kings in the second and 28-11 overall but the Oilers continued to hold on to their two-goal advantage.
The Kings barrage continued. Dubnyk had to be sharp late in the period, denying Brown on a close backhand off the rush. Ryan Smyth skated in as the trailer and the Oilers goaltender stopped the rebound as well. The shots were L.A.'s 20th and 21st of the period.
The Dubnyk show continued as he stopped Stoll and Simmonds on a pair of tight shots with three minutes to play in the second.
Dubnyk ended up making 25 saves in the period. Kings outshot the Oilers 39-13 through 40 minutes.
A hooking penalty four minutes into the third by Charles Linglet gave the Kings an opportunity to get back in the game with their fifth powerplay.
While shorthanded, it was the Oilers who struck however. Fernando Pisani found Gilbert at the circle who snapped it past Quick to make it a 3-0 game in favour of Edmonton.
The Los Angeles powerplay finally hit paydirt. It took the Kings until their 46th shot of the game to beat Dubnyk. Dustin Brown picked up a loose puck in the crease during a scramble in front to cut the Oilers lead to 3-1.
L.A. cut the lead to one as Jarret Stoll scored off the rush, wristing a shot just over the glove of Dubnyk.
Kings penalties to Stoll then Modin 1:05 later gave the Oilers a two-man advantage with less than five minutes to play in the third.
Los Angeles killed off both penalties, then with 2:34 to go Michal Handzus backhanded the puck past Dubnyk to knot it up at 3-3.
The two teams headed to overtime with the shot count being 54 to 16 in favour of Los Angeles.
The first scoring chance in OT came off the stick of Rob Scuderi who blasted it from the side boards but it was kicked away by Dubnyk. In the dying seconds, Dubnyk denied a close-in redirection from Drew Doughty. The stop was Dubnyk's 52nd of the game and ensured the game would reach a shootout.
Michal Handzus scored on a blocker side shot to open the shootout scoring for the Kings. ... Ryan Potulny responded by putting on the brakes then making some nifty moves to net one for Edmonton.
Dubnyk denied Jack Johnson's attempt with a lunging pokecheck. ... Shawn Horcoff went to the backhand and scored five-hole on Quick. ... Smyth's similar backhand attempt was stopped by Dubnyk to give the Oilers the win.
|Mike Comrie (11) ASST: Tom Gilbert (24), Ryan Whitney (30)|
1 - 0 EDM
|PPG - Mike Comrie (12) ASST: Ryan Whitney (31), Tom Gilbert (25)|
2 - 0 EDM
|SHG - Tom Gilbert (5) ASST: Fernando Pisani (4), Ryan Potulny (17)|
3 - 0 EDM
|PPG - Dustin Brown (23) ASST: Ryan Smyth (31), Anze Kopitar (47)|
3 - 1 EDM
|Jarret Stoll (15) ASST: Dustin Brown (31), Jack Johnson (28)|
3 - 2 EDM
|Michal Handzus (20) ASST: Rob Scuderi (11)|
3 - 3 Tie
|1||M. Handzus||R. Potulny|
|2||J. Johnson||S. Horcoff|
|Jeff Halpern Hi-sticking against Ryan Jones|
|Ryan Potulny Hooking against Freddy Modin|
|Dustin Penner Slashing against Jarret Stoll|
|Freddy Modin Slashing against Aaron Johnson|
|Aaron Johnson Tripping against Brad Richardson|
|Alex Frolov Hooking against Ryan Potulny|
|Ryan Potulny Interference against Drew Doughty|
|Charles Linglet Hooking against Dustin Brown|
|Aaron Johnson Holding against Alex Frolov|
|Jarret Stoll Holding against Marc-Antoine Pouliot|
|Freddy Modin Elbowing against Aaron Johnson|
|SA: 55||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 52||EV: 37 - 39|
|PIM: 0||PP: 14 - 15|
|SV%: .945||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 16||TOI: 64:35|
|Saves: 13||EV: 10 - 11|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .813||SH: 2 - 3|