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Kings 4, Oilers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Kings 4, Oilers 1
Edmonton Oilers 1, Los Angeles Kings 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) -One of the major concerns for the Los Angeles Kings the past few years was a lack of consistent goaltending. That doesn't seem to be the case now, with Jason LaBarbera between the pipes.

Post Game Interviews

LaBarbera made 34 saves, Patrick O'Sullivan had his first two-goal game in the NHL and the Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Anze Kopitar and Ladislav Nagy also scored for the Kings, who have won five of six following a 1-5 start. LaBarbera has allowed only four goals over the last four games while facing 109 total shots.

"I feel really relaxed out there right now, and for me that's the biggest thing," LaBarbera said. "If I'm pressing and nervous and my head's spinning, I get in trouble. But I'm calm, and I'm not worrying about things. And if I just play my position and play big and let the puck hit me, then I'm usually all right."

Nagy put Los Angeles ahead 2-1 at 12:21 of the second with the teams skating 4-on-4. He got his stick in the way of an attempted clearing pass by defenseman Tom Gilbert in the left corner of the Edmonton zone, caught up with the bouncing puck and sent a short backhander past goalie Dwayne Roloson's stick.

"Our team has a lot of speed," O'Sullivan said. "So if we're able to get in to forecheck and cause some disturbance with our puck movement, we've got some offensive guys who can capitalize on those chances. A perfect example was Nags' goal."

Kopitar gave the Kings a two-goal lead less than 3 1/2 minutes later, carrying the puck through the right circle and backhanding a centering pass toward the crease that banked in off Roloson's skate.

O'Sullivan completed the scoring with 3:45 remaining. He fanned on a cross-ice feed from Kyle Calder near the crease, but kept his focus and did a complete spin with the puck before backhanding it into a wide-open net from a nearly impossible angle with Roloson out of position.

"That was basically luck," O'Sullivan said. "I missed the first opportunity and I was just trying to get it back toward the net. Luckily, it went in. I've never done that before - not even in practice."

The Oilers, who came in an NHL-worst 2-for-40 on the power play, opened the scoring with 3:20 left in the first period while Kings center Michael Handzus was off for holding Dustin Penner. Jarret Stoll beat LaBarbera with a one-timer from the middle of the left circle after Ales Hemsky made a cross-ice pass from the right boards.

But Edmonton's lead lasted only 1 1/2 minutes. O'Sullivan chipped the puck past Oilers defenseman Denis Grebeshkov at the left point in the Edmonton zone, bolted the other way and beat Roloson with a 20-foot shapshot that broke off the goalie's leg pad.

"There's nothing more frustrating than having an offensive-zone faceoff - and 7 seconds later dig the puck out of your own net," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "The margin of error is too fine without self-destructing in those situations.

"We've got to elevate our game and start turning these games where we play pretty well and lose into wins."

The Oilers play at Anaheim Sunday night. It's their first meeting with the Stanley Cup champion Ducks since luring Penner away from them with a five-year, $21.25 million offer sheet the Ducks chose not to match. An ugly public spat between Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe and Anaheim general manager Brian Burke ensued because of it, and the rift hasn't mended.

"In some respects, Brian has tried to make it personal. But I'm not going to comment on that publicly," Lowe said between periods. "He's certainly entitled to say what he wants to say. But there's people in this business who feel that any news is good news for the National Hockey League, and I think Brian subscribes to that theory."

Lowe, who feels that Burke overreacted when the Oilers grabbed the restricted free agent, doesn't plan on speaking to Burke during Sunday's game. In fact, if it were not for Lowe, the Ducks wouldn't have been able to obtain defenseman Chris Pronger from Edmonton prior to last season - and probably wouldn't have been able to win the Cup.

"You've got to be careful because if you intimate that we'll never do a trade again, then you're closing out the prospects of trying to better your organization," Lowe said. "Clearly, Anaheim's already made a pretty good one in recent years, in terms of bringing Prongs there. So I think there's enough people in their organization to do trades so that he and I wouldn't have to talk."

Notes: Oilers G Mathieu Garon, who signed with Edmonton as a free agent in July after two seasons with the Kings, has started only two of the Oilers' first 11 games. ... Edmonton is 0-7 when trailing after two periods.


KINGS HEAD COACH MARC CRAWFORD:
(Re: Jason Labarbera) “We got a great goaltending performance tonight from Jason [Labarbera]. He deserves as much credit as anybody on the team. We got some strong performances from other people, but he was at a different level than our team was tonight and we definitely needed that in the third period.”

KINGS GOALTENDER JASON LABARBERA:
(Re: recent success) “I don’t feel any different than I have the last couple of years. I feel really relaxed and normal out there. For me that’s the biggest thing. If I’m pressing and nervous and my head is spinning, I get in trouble. Right now I’m calm and relaxed and not worried about things. I just go out there and the puck has been hitting me.”

OILERS HEAD COACH CRAIG MacTAVISH:
(Re: game recap) “It was a game that was a real cross-section of what we’ve gone through the first 10 games. At the end of the game you move the puck pretty well, you put yourself in position to score and you don’t.”

OILERS CENTER JARRET STOLL:
(Re: game recap) “It’s who capitalizes. They capitalized tonight and we didn’t. I think we had better scoring chances, but they had good goaltending and we just didn’t bear down enough on our chances to tie the game and go ahead.”

KINGS NOTES:

  • The Kings have won four straight and five of six overall. The last time the Kings won four-or-more in a row was Feb. 11 to March 7, 2006 (five-game win streak)…
  • The Kings are now tied with Dallas (12 points) for first place in the Pacific Division…
  • Patrick O’Sullivan scored twice tonight, his first-ever two-goal game…
  • Jason LaBarbera, who made 34 saves tonight, has now stopped 123 of his last 127 shots overall (.969 save percentage). He was named the No. 1 Star for the third consecutive game…
  • Ladislav Nagy, who scored the game-winning goal, has five points in the last four games (2-3=5)…
  • Anze Kopitar, who also scored tonight, has eight points in the last eight games (5-3=8)…
  • Lubomir Visnovsky, who earned an assist tonight, has six points in the last five games (1-5=6)…

Post Game Quotes Compiled By: Andre Delsol and Michael Becker

scoring summary
1st Period
16:40
EDM
PPG - Jarret Stoll (1) ASST: Ales Hemsky (6)
1 - 0 EDM
18:10
LAK
Patrick O'Sullivan (2) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
12:21
LAK
Ladislav Nagy (2) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 LAK
15:59
LAK
Anze Kopitar (5) ASST: Lubomir Visnovsky (8)
3 - 1 LAK
3rd Period
16:15
LAK
Patrick O'Sullivan (3) ASST: Kyle Calder (3), Brian Willsie (2)
4 - 1 LAK
penalty summary
1st Period
04:09
EDM
Raffi Torres  Interference
07:28
LAK
John Zeiler  Slashing against  Jarret Stoll
11:34
EDM
Marc-Antoine Pouliot  Tripping against  Patrick O'Sullivan
15:27
LAK
Michal Handzus  Holding against  Dustin Penner
2nd Period
11:42
EDM
Marc-Antoine Pouliot  Tripping against  Dustin Brown
11:42
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Too many men/ice - bench
12:54
LAK
Rob Blake  Hooking against  Ales Hemsky
3rd Period
01:30
LAK
Brad Stuart  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
16:38
EDM
Kyle Brodziak  Slashing against  Derek Armstrong
goalie stats
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .871SH: 0 - 0
Jason LaBarbera
SA: 35TOI: 59:40
Saves: 34EV: 29 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .971SH: 0 - 0