``I think it was bound to happen. I mean, you're eventually going to lose,'' defenseman Chris Pronger said. ``What's important is how we respond to the loss. That's going to be critical for us. The makings of winning teams are how they return from a loss.''
``We played three solid games and this is probably our worst of the four. We needed to come up with a better effort. But for the most part, I think everybody's pretty pleased with our start.''
Jason LaBarbera made 23 saves for the Kings, who won their third straight home game following an opening-night loss at Dallas. They took a 2-1 lead on Brown's goal during a four-minute power play after Edmonton captain Jason Smith received penalties for cross-checking and roughing in a collision with Sean Avery near the Oilers' net.
``At least we got some physical penalties,'' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. ``We've been taking a lot of penalties, but at least there were some aggressive ones. Special teams have been winning us games, but their penalty kill did a very good job against our power play.''
Brown, who scored 29 goals last season for the Kings' Manchester team in the AHL, jumped on a loose puck that bounced past Pronger along the left boards. He skated through the left circle before banking the puck in off the skate of goalie Ty Conklin at 16:37 of the second period.
``We got a couple of nice bounces. But in order for you to win, you've got to get breaks like that,'' LaBarbera said. ``The guys did a good job of going to the net and we got two of our goals like that. That should be our game plan every night.''
Belanger scored an ugly goal at 1:16 of the third period, increasing the Kings' margin to 3-1. Avery skated down the left boards and threw a seemingly harmless shot toward the net, but Conklin - who finished with 32 saves - juggled it and allowed Belanger to tap in his second goal of the season.
``That was a bad goal from a bad angle,'' MacTavish said. ``I know Ty would like to have that one back, but he played very well. He made a few five-star saves, but they got a break or two around the net.''
The Oilers, who killed off all seven Anaheim power plays in Monday night's 4-2 victory, fell behind 1-0 the third time they were short-handed against the Kings.
Marc-Andre Bergeron was behind his net with the puck and tried to slap it around the boards, but Luc Robitaille intercepted the attempted clearing pass along the right wall and fed it into the slot. Corvo beat Conklin with a one-timer to the stick side from 25 feet at 13:33 of the first period while Edmonton's Ethan Moreau was serving a roughing penalty.
Bergeron atoned for his costly turnover with his first goal of the season about three minutes later while Belanger was off for holding. He got a drop pass from Shawn Horcoff and sent a wrist shot past LaBarbera's stick from the top of the left circle.
``I kind of got caught back too deep. I don't know,'' LaBarbera said. ``I might have been cheating a little bit, expecting the pass, and he surprised me a little bit. It wasn't of one of my better goals, but I was able to rebound from it and play pretty good the rest of the game.''
The Oilers had a great chance to break the tie about five minutes into the second period when coincidental penalties to Avery and Mike Weaver put the Oilers on a 5-on-3 advantage for two full minutes. But they managed only two shots.
``As we told our guys this morning, from what we've seen, this would be the best team that we've played this year so far. And I still feel that way,'' Kings coach Andy Murray said. ``They're one of the top teams in the Western Conference. But we took advantage of our opportunities, and our penalty killers stepped up.''
Notes: The Kings activated D Richard Petiot from injured reserve and assigned him to Manchester. ... Kings C Jeremy Roenick has no points in three games since scoring goals on his first two shots of the season at Dallas. ... LW Ryan Smyth missed his second game because of a sprained left knee. LW Todd Harvey also sat out his second game with a bruised right foot.
|PPG - Joe Corvo (1) ASST: Luc Robitaille (2)|
1 - 0 LAK
|Marc-Andre Bergeron (1) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (3), Steve Staios (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|PPG - Dustin Brown (2) ASST: Derek Armstrong (4), Mike Cammalleri (1)|
2 - 1 LAK
|Eric Belanger (2) ASST: Sean Avery (1), Tim Gleason (3)|
3 - 1 LAK
|Power Play %||17.7%||19.0%|
|% on Road||18.9%||15.3%|
|% at Home||16.5%||22.1%|
|Cory Cross Interference against Dustin Brown|
|Alexei Semenov Holding the stick against Luc Robitaille|
|Ethan Moreau Roughing against Dustin Brown|
|Eric Belanger Holding against Brad Winchester|
|Mattias Norstrom Tripping against Ales Hemsky|
|Sean Avery Holding against Marc-Andre Bergeron|
|Mike Weaver Interference|
|Alexei Semenov Holding against Sean Avery|
|Jason Smith Roughing against Sean Avery|
|Jason Smith Cross checking against Sean Avery|
|Cory Cross Hi-sticking against Dustin Brown|
|Ethan Moreau Hi-sticking against Derek Armstrong|
|Chris Pronger Slashing against Sean Avery|
|Ethan Moreau Elbowing against Pavol Demitra|
|Luc Robitaille Delay of game - bench|
|Raffi Torres Fighting (maj) against Tim Gleason|
|Tim Gleason Fighting (maj) against Raffi Torres|
|Tom Kostopoulos Tripping|