Edmonton
Oilers
27-47-8
Los Angeles
Kings
46-27-9
SO
23 SOG
43 SOG
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game recap

Oilers beat Kings 3-2 in shootout

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:42 PM

Rich Hammond

Another slow start. Another frantic comeback. Except that this time, unlike so many other times this season, the Kings couldn’t quite complete the comeback.

Three of the Kings’ past five wins have been of the comeback variety, but against one of the worst road teams in the NHL, the Kings couldn’t overcome their early slumber as they fell to the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout Thursday night at STAPLES Center.

In the longest shootout in Kings history, Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers stopped Alexander Frolov in the 10th round, and then Lubomir Visnovksy beat Kings goalie Erik Ersberg.

The Kings, after a nine-game winning streak, are now winless in their last two. Dustin Brown and Ryan Smyth scored goals in the final 10 minutes of the third period, and the Kings outshot the Oilers 43-23, but the Kings couldn’t quite complete the rally.

``I don't know what it is with our starts,'' Kings center Anze Kopitar said. ``Obviously if we knew, we'd correct it or do something about it. I think it just comes down to the preparation for the game and just getting ready for the game. Obviously we're not at the level we should be, right when the puck drops. When you fall behind, it's tough to chase. We've pulled it off numerous times, but you can't win hockey games like that.''

Ersberg got the start in goal for the Kings, as Jonathan Quick suffered from flu symptoms.

Neither goalie got tested much in a scoreless first period, in which both teams had seven shots on goal and both failed to convert on two power-play chances.

The Oilers broke a scoreless tie with 6:22 remaining in the second period. Kings defenseman Matt Greene broke his stick in the Kings' zone, then took Jarret Stoll's stick. The Kings were unable to clear the zone, and Grebeshkov scored on a long-range shot with Zack Stortini running traffic directly in front of the net.

Edmonton made it a two-goal lead with a power-play goal 7:47 into the third period. Penner held the puck just below the left faceoff dot and, with some space in front of him, fired a wrist shot high and past Ersberg.

The Kings got on the board with 8:55 remaining in the third period. Rob Scuderi's shot from just inside the blue line got through, and after a scramble in front of the Oilers' net, Brown knocked the rebound past Jeff Deslauriers.

The Kings tied the game, with 4:48 remaining, after another point shot and scramble in front of the net. This time, Sean O'Donnell took the shot. Deslauriers thought he had it covered, but Dustin Brown appeared to knock the puck loose, and Smyth knocked it into the net.

LAKings.com's NOTES
The 10-round shootout is a Kings record (previous high was 8, Dec. 10, 2009 vs. PHX)... The Kings are 8-4 in shootouts ... The Kings are 11-2-1 in their last 14 games (points in 10 of their last 11: 9-1-1) ... The Kings are 4-0-1 in their last five at home ... Anze Kopitar has points in 10 of the last 11 games (8-9=17) ... Ryan Smyth has points in six straight (2-4=5) ... Dustin Brown has 14 points in the last 17 games (6-8=14) ... Drew Doughty has 20 points in the last 22 games (3-17=20) ... 24 of the last 34 games have been decided by one goal (16-7-1) ... 14 of the last 16 home games have been decided by one goal (8-4-2).
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
Jeff Deslauriers
12-20-3
SA: 43TOI: 65:00
Saves: 41EV: 32 - 34
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .953SH: 1 - 1
Erik Ersberg
SA: 23TOI: 64:35
Saves: 21EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .913SH: 0 - 0