LOS ANGELES — In recent weeks, if it’s not one thing, it’s another, for the Los Angeles Kings.
Indeed, whether it has been uninspired play, too many penalties, poor puck support and the inability to generate a forecheck, or not getting traffic and pucks to the net, the Kings have been struggling to find their game, and that was evident once again in a 4-3 shootout loss to the lowly Edmonton Oilers during a matinee affair on April 10 at Staples Center.
The Oilers took a 3-0 lead at the 5:24 mark of the third period and looked to have secured a win, even though the Kings poured 55 shots on Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk.
But the Kings made it easy for Dubnyk to shine by not getting traffic in front of him, allowing him to see the vast majority of shots coming in.
Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll and Michal Handzus scored in the third period to tie the game, but Shawn Horcoff scored the shootout game-winner, denying Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was unimpressive in goal yet again, his 40th victory this season.
- The Kings trail Detroit by one point for the fifth seed in the Western Conference (Detroit plays at Chicago on Sunday).
- The Kings lead Nashville by one point for the sixth seed in the Western Conference (Nashville hosts St. Louis later on April 10).
- The Kings’ 55 shots today was a season high. The team record is 59 shots (December 26, 1992 vs. San Jose).
- Ryan Smyth extended his assist streak to five games (six assists). The last Kings player to have a five-game assist streak was Patrick O’Sullivan (December 6-15, 2008).
- Handzus scored his twentieth goal of the season today. The last time he had twenty goals was 2003-04 with Philadelphia.
- Terry Murray coached his 900th all-time regular season game (439-341-120).
- Quick set a Kings single-season record for most appearances in one season (72). Felix Potvin had 71 in 2001-02.
- The Kings finished their home schedule 22-13-6.
- The four shootouts in a row is a franchise record.
- The last five games vs. Oilers at Staples Center have gone to a shootout. The Oilers have won all five of those games.
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Sean O’Donnell (1:26) Jonathan Quick (2:29) Ryan Smyth (3:22) Terry Murray (6:05)
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