NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Los Angeles
(Tuesday, October 11th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 3, Edmonton 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dustin Brown's power-play goal in the second period snapped a tie and Jason LaBarbera posted 23 saves, as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1, at Staples Center.
Joe Corvo and Eric Belanger also scored for the Kings, who have won three straight games following a season-opening setback at Dallas.
"I was solid," said LaBarbera. "I didn't leave rebound opportunities and was able to take the angles away."
We came out with some muscle in the first 10 minutes of the game and we set the tone from there.
Marc-Andre Bergeron tallied the only goal for Edmonton, which suffered its first loss of the season (3-1). Despite finishing with 32 saves, goaltender Ty Conklin looked shaky in the losing effort.
After failing on two power-play chances, the Kings took advantage of their third and took a 1-0 lead at 13:33 of the first period.
Ethan Moreau was called for roughing and future Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille controlled the puck along the right half-wall before sliding a soft pass into the slot. Corvo wound up and blasted a one-timer past Conklin.
"We came out with some muscle in the first 10 minutes of the game and we set the tone from there," LaBarbera added.
Under three minutes later, the visitors tied it up. As their power play was about to expire, the Oilers skated into their offensive zone on a 3-on-2. Shawn Horcoff hustled to the top of the left circle and left a soft drop pass for Bergeron, whose wrist shot found the back of the net with 3:30 to play in the opening frame.
The Oilers wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead when they failed to score on a two-man advantage early in the second period. At the 4:46 mark, LA defenseman Mike Weaver was called for interference and Sean Avery joined him in the penalty box due to a holding call. However, despite skating 5-on-3 for a full two minutes, the Oilers could not convert.
The remainder of the middle session saw both teams trade scoring chances until the Kings' second power-play marker put them ahead for good with 3:23 to go before the intermission.
Jason Smith drew a double-minor for both cross checking and roughing and the Kings needed only 52 seconds of the four-minute advantage to light the lamp. Brown took the puck down low to the left of the net and, from a very sharp angle, filtered the puck in between the post and Conklin's right skate.
Just 1:16 into the final stanza, the Kings added an insurance goal. Avery threw the puck toward the net from along the left half-wall and Conklin made the initial save. However, he was unable to corral the rebound and Belanger, who was crashing the net, batted the puck out of midair and into the net for his second goal of the season and a 3-1 Kings advantage.
Horcoff has recorded at least one point in all four games this season. He now has three goals and three assists...The Kings are in the midst of a five-game homestand that will also include visits from Detroit and Columbus...Despite the loss, the Oilers are 8-5-2 in their last 15 games in LA...Former Kings owner Bruce McNall, who brought Wayne Gretzky to the franchise in 1988 and helped make the NHL popular in California, was among the 16,394 in attendance...The Oilers finished 0-for-5 on the power play while the Kings scored twice on 11 chances with the man advantage.
10/12 01:46:52 ET