NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Los Angeles
(Thursday, January 26th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Los Angeles 3
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Ethan Moreau's shorthanded tally early in the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 5-3, at the Staples Center.
Raffi Torres and Todd Harvey also scored third-period goals and Mike Morrison made 25 saves for the Oilers, who have won two straight after a two-game skid. Ryan Smyth and Radek Dvorak also tallied goals for Edmonton.
"The guys played well in front of me," Morrison said. "We've played well on the road. Don't get me wrong -- I like Edmonton. But sometimes it's a little more peaceful on the road."
Craig Conroy registered a goal and an assist and Mathieu Garon stopped 22 shots for Los Angeles, which has dropped two straight and three of its last four games. Luc Robitaille and Mike Cammalleri also scored for LA.
Tied 2-2 early in the third period, Edmonton scored two goals to establish a decisive lead.
Just 4:27 into the final frame, Torres, who was alone in the slot, gathered a backhand pass from Georges Laraque and one-timed it past Garon's glove for a 3-2 advantage.
Less than two minutes later, Moreau capped a 2-on-1 rush after beating Garon with a snap shot from just inside the left circle for a shorthanded tally and a 4-2 lead.
"We were ready to play tonight," Moreau said. "Anytime you get a shorthanded goal, it's huge. It's a big part of the game and it's won a couple of games this season. Overall, we've played good in back-to-backs."
The Kings drew back within one with 8:14 left in regulation while on the power play after Cammalleri beat Morrison top shelf with a wrister from below the right circle to make it 4-3.
But the Oilers regained their two-goal advantage after Harvey one-timed a slap shot from just inside the right circle that beat Garon glove side top shelf to give Edmonton a 5-3 lead.
The Kings pulled Garon with over a minute left in the game, but couldn't get one by Morrison.
Edmonton drew first blood just 34 seconds into the opening frame while on the power play as Smyth gathered a rebound down low and poked it past Garon for an early 1-0 lead.
Los Angeles tied the game 7:58 into the second period when Robitaille rifled a wrister from the slot past Morrison's glove to make it 1-1. Lubomir Visnovsky sent Robitaille in alone on Morrison after deftly sneaking a behind-the-back pass to Robitaille in the slot.
The Kings took their first lead of the game 9:31 into the second frame after Conroy went in on a breakaway and beat Morrison with a wrist shot from the slot for a shorthanded tally and a 2-1 lead.
The Oilers tied the game just over two minutes later after Dvorak backhanded a shot from the slot over Garon to make it 2-2 entering the third period.
Edmonton has won four of five and seven of the last 10 matchups with the Kings. The Oilers have also won in four of their last six trips to Los Angeles...This game marked the opener of a two-game homestand for the Kings, who are 17-8-1 as the host this season. LA will host crosstown rival Anaheim on Saturday evening...The Oilers are 10-1-4 in their last 15 road games...Both teams finished 1-for-7 on the power play. Over the last six games, Edmonton is 4-for-42 on the man advantage, while the Kings are 4-for-42 over their last seven games.
01/27 01:29:23 ET