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Kings rally late, Oilers win in shootout

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LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- A late goal helped the Los Angeles Kings

salvage a point, but Dwayne Roloson made sure that was all they

would get.

Roloson stopped both attempts he faced in the shootout and Sam

Gagner and Robert Nilsson scored in the bonus format to lift the

Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Kings on Saturday.

Dustin Penner recorded a goal and an assist, Shawn Horcoff

scored on the power play and Ales Hemsky set up both tallies for

the Oilers, who won despite being outshot, 41-21.

"He was outstanding, he played exceptionally well," Edmonton

coach Craig MacTavish said of Roloson. "It was a great

performance by Rolly."

Edmonton appeared on its way to victory in regulation before

Andrew Cogliano was whistled for tripping with 1:40 remaining in

the third period. The Kings pulled rookie goaltender Jonathan

Quick for an extra attacker, and the move paid off as captain

Dustin Brown tied the game at 2-2 with 26 seconds left in

regulation.

"The game was there at the end, and it would've been great to

get both points," Quick said. "But we're fortunate we ended up

with at least one point after that first period."

But Roloson, who made 39 saves in regulation and overtime,

stopped Patrick O'Sullivan to open the shootout, and Gagner beat

Quick to the glove side to give the Oilers an early edge.

"I just tried to get him moving," Gagner said. "I did that move

in preseason, and I haven't used it yet, so I just faked the

shot and tried to get it up, and it worked out."

After Roloson turned aside Alexander Frolov's wrist shot,

Nilsson used a nifty move to slide the puck past Quick, giving

Edmonton its second straight shootout win over Los Angeles.

The Kings trailed, 2-0, after the first period before taking

advantage of another two-man advantage early in the second.

With a pair of Oilers in the penalty box, Michal Handzus set up

in front of Roloson, and rookie defenseman Drew Doughty blasted

a shot from the point past the netminder at 6:29 of the session.

Despite owning a 16-3 shot advantage in the second period, the

Kings were unable to do any more damage and trailed by one until

Brown's dramatic goal sent the game into overtime.

"The first period wasn't the scenario we're trying to put on the

table, but it sometimes happens," Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar

said. "They were jumping on loose pucks, but in the second

period, we dominated - we had (a lot) more shots than them. It

seems that we're generating a lot of chances, but we are not

getting any lucky breaks. I'm sure if we're creating, those

breaks are going to come, too."

It was a physical contest, featuring three different fights, 66

combined penalty minutes and 74 total hits.

"I think it's just the nature of the playoff chase," said Brown,

who sustained a big hit midway through the third period. "We're

fighting for a spot, and they were going after some of our

players and we went after some their players. That's just the

nature of the way the playoff chase is going to be."

Los Angeles' struggles at home continued as it fell to 1-4-1 in

its last six at Staples Center.

"It was a hard game," Kings coach Terry Murray said. "We wanted

to come out better than what we did in the first period. I

didn't feel that we were skating, and it's a playoff atmosphere

with that kind of importance, and we did not respond as we

needed to. The second and third periods were terrific. It was

hard work and it was a hard game down low. It was very

emotional."

The Oilers jumped ahead, 1-0, at 4:58 of the opening period,

when Penner took a backhand pass from Hemsky and beat Quick for

the early lead.

Horcoff doubled the advantage on the power play with 6:49 left

in the session with his first goal in nine games.

"It was a very competitive game, indicative of where everybody

is in the standings and how important games are," MacTavish

said. "Night in and night out, two teams that desperately want

to win, and the players played hard. It was a heckuva hockey

game."

Quick made 19 saves in losing his second straight contest

following a four-game winning streak.

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