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NHL Game Summary - Los Angeles at Edmonton



(Friday, December 23rd)

Final Score: Edmonton 5, Los Angeles 3

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ales Hemsky broke a tie with 6:45 left in the game to lead the Edmonton Oilers over the Los Angeles Kings, 5-3, at Rexall Place.

Jarret Stoll and Chris Pronger each had a goal and an assist and Shawn Horcoff added three assists for the Oilers, who have a season-high five-game winning streak. Ty Conklin made 26 saves in the victory.

Mattias Norstrom, Mike Cammalleri and Craig Conroy scored for the Kings, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Mathieu Garon made 28 saves in the loss.

The Kings were playing without center Jeremy Roenick, who was placed on injured reserve Friday following surgery for a fractured left ring finger. He will likely miss the next six weeks.

Los Angeles had a 3-2 advantage heading into the final 20 minutes, however, Edmonton scored three goals in the third period to get the victory.

Raffi Torres skated around a Kings defenseman and flicked a wrist shot from the slot that beat Garon to tie the game at the 8:34 mark of the period.

Garon later got called for a double-minor for high sticking and that setup the game-winning goal. Pronger let fly with a shot from the left point that deflected off of a Kings stick. The puck went to Hemsky on the right side of the net and he used his left skate to deflect it into the net. The play was reviewed to determine if he used a kicking motion, but it was determined he didn't and the goal was allowed to stand.

Los Angeles pulled its goaltender to try and get the equalizer, however Michael Peca's empty-net goal with 39 seconds sealed the victory for Edmonton.

"It's a huge win for us," said Pronger. "It pulls us ahead of Los Angeles in our conference. It's great to head into the break winning five straight, but coming from behind in all of those games might be tempting fate a little bit."

The Kings opened up the scoring. Tom Kostopoulos brought the puck into the Oilers' zone on a two-on-one rush. He fed a pass under the defenseman's stick to Norstrom at the left circle, who one-timed it in at the 2:58 mark of the first period.

The Oilers tied it up a little over halfway through the first. Stoll flicked a wrist shot from low in the left circle that was saved, but he got his own rebound and put it in with 9:46 left until the first intermission.

Edmonton took the lead with a 5-on-3 power-play tally early in the second session. Hemsky had the puck deep along the left boards and threw a pass to Pronger at the left point. He let fly with a slap shot to make it a 2-1 game just 1:45 in.

Los Angeles, however, took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission. Cammalleri scored his 12th goal of the season to tie the game up at the 9:44 mark. Conroy deflected a left point shot from Tim Gleason to give the Kings the lead with 4:10 remaining.

"What concerns me is we had a 5-on-3 for a full two minutes in the third period with five good players on the ice and we can't get into the zone to set it up," said Kings coach Andy Murray. "We wasted a good effort against a very good team."

Game Notes

Los Angeles hosts San Jose on Monday...The Oilers next host the Wild on Monday...The Oilers finished the game 3-for-12 on the power play...Los Angeles did not score on any of its 12 man-advantages...Hemsky also had an assist in the game.

12/24 00:44:47 ET


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