LOS ANGELES — After a 4-2 loss at Anaheim at February 8 and a 3-2 shootout loss to the lowly Edmonton Oilers on February 11 at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings look like they are sleepwalking their way into the Olympic Break.
Like they did at Anaheim, the Kings came out very flat against the Oilers, playing uninspired hockey until about midway through the third period when they finally flipped the switch.
With the Oilers leading 2-0, the Kings got traffic in front of Edmonton goaltender Jeff Deslauriers and scored twice, with Dustin Brown and Ryan Smyth tying the game.
Those scoring plays were not significant just because the Kings scored goals. Rather, they were key plays for the Kings because they finally got heavy traffic in front of the Edmonton net and were the only plays where the Kings did that in the entire contest.
Indeed, from the Kings’ perspective, the rest of the game was littered with loose puck battles lost, standing around and watching on the perimeter and a general aversion to going to the front of the net.
The result was the Oilers easily controlling the game for the first fifty minutes of the game and in spurts during the final ten minutes of regulation.
The game went into overtime and into a ten-round shootout that ended when Edmonton (and former Kings) defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored the game-winner.
Erik Ersberg got the start in goal for the Kings, giving flu-ridden Jonathan Quick the night off.
- The ten-round shootout is a Kings record (previous high was eight on December 10, 2009 vs. Phoenix).
- The Kings are 8-4 in shootouts.
- The Kings are 11-2-1 in their last fourteen games (points in ten of their last eleven: 9-1-1).
- The Kings are 4-0-1 in their last five at home.
- Anze Kopitar has points in ten of the last eleven games (eight goals, nine assists for seventeen points).
- Smyth has points in six straight (three goals, three assists, for six points).
- Brown has fourteen points in the last seventeen games (six goals, eight assists for fourteen points)
- Drew Doughty has twenty points in the last 22 games (three goals, seventeen assists for twenty points).
- 24 of the last 34 games have been decided by one goal (16-7-1).
- Fourteen of the last sixteen home games have been decided by one goal (8-4-2).
Audio Interviews (raw, unedited)
Erik Ersberg (1:51)
Anze Kopitar (2:29)
Terry Murray (6:07)
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