|EDM||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
|LAK||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||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.
|PPG - Ryan Smyth (21) ASST: Chris Pronger (27), Shawn Horcoff (38)|
1 - 0 EDM
|Luc Robitaille (12) ASST: Derek Armstrong (18), Lubomir Visnovsky (35)|
1 - 1 Tie
|SHG - Craig Conroy (18) ASST: Alex Frolov (27)|
2 - 1 LAK
|Radek Dvorak (5) ASST: Steve Staios (15), Marty Reasoner (15)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Raffi Torres (16) ASST: Georges Laraque (7), Jarret Stoll (32)|
3 - 2 EDM
|SHG - Ethan Moreau (9) ASST: Michael Peca (12)|
4 - 2 EDM
|PPG - Mike Cammalleri (17) ASST: Craig Conroy (33), Mattias Norstrom (19)|
4 - 3 EDM
|Todd Harvey (4) ASST: Fernando Pisani (11)|
5 - 3 EDM
|Craig Conroy Hooking against Ales Hemsky|
|George Parros Hooking against Georges Laraque|
|Todd Harvey Interference on goalkeeper against Mathieu Garon|
|Lubomir Visnovsky Tripping against Ethan Moreau|
|Matt Greene Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Jason Smith Slashing against Dustin Brown|
|Jeff Cowan Hi-sticking against Ethan Moreau|
|Jarret Stoll Holding against Lubomir Visnovsky|
|Raffi Torres Interference against Dustin Brown|
|Dustin Brown Too many men/ice - bench|
|Mike Cammalleri Slashing against Shawn Horcoff|
|Marty Reasoner Hooking against Luc Robitaille|
|Matt Greene Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Mattias Norstrom Holding against Georges Laraque|
|SA: 28||TOI: 59:56|
|Saves: 25||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .893||SH: 2 - 3|
|SA: 27||TOI: 57:00|
|Saves: 22||EV: 17 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .815||SH: 2 - 3|