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Kings Vs. Oilers: L.A. Beats Edmonton 3-2 In Shootout

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll scored in the sixth round of the shootout to lift the Los Angeles Kings over the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2. This was the sixth straight game that went into a shootout between these two teams at the Staples Center. Edmonton, which had won the previous five shootouts, lost in the City of Angels for the first time since October 27, 2007. Jack Johnson had a goal and an assist for the Kings, who have won two in a row. Justin Williams also scored for Los Angeles, which got 27 saves from Jonathan Quick.

Terry Murray picked up his 100th victory as head coach of the Kings. He is the fastest Kings coach to win 100 games. Taylor Hall and Jean-Francois Jacques scored for the Oilers, who have dropped four of five. Devan Dubnyk turned aside 27-of-29 shots in defeat. Edmonton's Jordan Eberle scored in the first round of the shootout to give the visitors the early edge. Each goaltender stepped up in the next round.

Los Angeles' last hope was Dustin Brown, who beat Dubnyk with a wrister. Linus Omark had a chance to win it for the Oilers, but Quick stopped his wrister. The next goal didn't come until the sixth round. Stoll skated to the slot before firing a wrister. The puck squirted past Dubnyk and over the goal line. Quick turned away Andrew Cogliano's attempt to seal the victory. Following a scoreless first period, Hall scored a power-play goal at the 1:39 mark of the second. Hall's wrister from the left circle snuck past Quick.

The Kings used a power-play goal of their own at the 8:31 mark. Johnson, positioned at his own blue line, slid a pass to Michal Handzus at the Edmonton blue line. Handzus used a quick touch pass to get the puck to a streaking Williams, who beat Dubnyk with a wrister.

The Oilers took the lead back at the 4:25 mark of the third. Following a right faceoff win, Theo Peckham fired a shot on net. Jacques deflected the puck into the back of the net for a 2-1 edge. Johnson made it a 2-2 game just 20 seconds later. Wayne Simmonds slid a pass to the left circle for Johnson, whose wrister beat Dubnyk. Each goaltender made three saves in overtime.

The Oilers and Kings have skated to a tight series as of late, with the franchises splitting four games in each of the past four seasons...The Kings are now 12-2-1 at home this season. That ties a club record for best home mark after 15 games (1992-93 and 1975-76 clubs were also 12-2-1 after 15 home games)...Murray is also now tied for 18th all-time among NHL coaches in wins (460).

 

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