NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Edmonton
(Thursday, March 30th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Los Angeles 0
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jaroslav Spacek and Ales Hemsky both tallied a goal and an assist as Edmonton beat Los Angeles, 4-0, at Rexall Place.
"It seems like the losses stick with you for a couple of days, and the wins are washed away within a few minutes," said Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish. "The shelf life of a good effort like tonight is pretty short, because we need to start getting ready for the next game."
Sergei Samsonov and Raffi Torres scored the other two goals for the Oilers, who have won three of four. Dwayne Roloson stopped 20 shots in his first shutout with Edmonton, which is now in a three-way tie with Vancouver and Anaheim for sixth spot in the Western Conference with 86 points.
"We played well as a team," said Roloson. "Smart with the puck, no turnovers at our blueline, and I got to see the puck all night. I was able to read the plays and get out a little more to the shooter."
Mathieu Garon stopped 27 of 31 shots for the Kings, who have lost their last three games and seven of nine.
"We have to compete a lot harder than that," said Kings coach John Torchetti. "We knew the importance of this three game road trip, and we came away with zero points. Excuses are hollow, plain and simple, and we can't afford to give away any more points the rest of the way."
Spacek found Torres just on the edge of the crease, who shot a wrister for the Oilers' first goal just 1:43 into the game.
Samsonov scored a backhander on the power play at the 17:01 mark, assisted by Chris Pronger for the second goal.
Samsonov tapped the puck off the back of his skate to Spacek, who connected with a backhander stick side on the power play at the 10:14 mark of the second period.
Hemsky scored a wrister from 20 feet into the top right corner of the goal at the 13:03 mark for the Oilers' final goal.
The Kings failed to make up ground in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and are now six points behind Edmonton.
The Kings will host Dallas on Saturday, and the Oilers will host Calgary on Saturday.
The Oilers are 3-1 against LA this season, having won the last three meetings. Edmonton has won eight of the last 11 meetings overall...The Kings had four power play opportunities.
03/31 02:10:46 ET