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game recap

Oilers stun Kings 2-1 in OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

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Oilers stun Kings 2-1 in OT
Los Angeles Kings 1, Edmonton Oilers 2
Three Stars of the Game
Devan Dubnyk
1st
SA: 31TOI: 61:05
GA: 1EV: 19-20
PIM: 0PP: 10-10
SV%: .968SH: 1-1
Jonathan Quick
2nd
SA: 39TOI: 63:01
GA: 2EV: 15-16
PIM: 0PP: 19-20
SV%: .949SH: 3-3
Nail Yakupov
3rd
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 12:54

The Los Angeles Kings saw their first win of the season turn into an excruciating overtime loss.

Rookie Nail Yakupov tied the game with 4.7 seconds left in regulation and Sam Gagner scored a power-play goal 3:01 into OT as the Edmonton Oilers stunned the Kings 2-1 on Thursday night, keeping the defending Stanley Cup champions winless in three games.

Though they earned their first point of the season, the Kings have been outscored 11-4 in the three losses.

“If you’re going to regain your composure it’s OK to be a little desperate, but not OK to panic," defenseman Rob Scuderi said. "It hasn’t gone the way we’d like certainly, but you have to try to bounce back. At least we got something out of it tonight.”

It looked like Jeff Carter's breakaway goal at 13:26 of the second period would stand up as the winner -- especially when an apparent goal by Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with 1:05 left was waved off. After a conference, the officials ruled that Gagner had made contact with goaltender Jonathan Quick in the crease and took the goal off the scoreboard.

But the Oilers refused to quit, and Yakupov, the first player taken in the 2012 NHL Draft, scored his second of the season when he swatted the rebound of Taylor Hall's shot out of midair and into the net.

"It's unbelievable the passion he plays with," Nugent-Hopkins said of Yakupov, whose goal celebrations are becoming a trademark. "He gets his teammates going and his fans going."

The Kings were called for having too many men on the ice 1:21 into overtime, and the Oilers finally scored on their ninth power play of the night when Nugent-Hopkins fed the puck across the front of the crease to Gagner, who slid it past Quick to trigger an eruption from the 16,839 fans at Rexall Place.

"That's as close to a playoff atmosphere as we've had here," Gagner said. "We need to win these tight games, so it feels good."

It was a big rebound for the Oilers, who were torched for six first-period goals by San Jose in their home opener two nights earlier.

"I just wanted to go out, have a good game and do all the right things out there. We all wanted to," said goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who surrendered all six goals in the 6-3 loss but stopped 30 of the Kings' 31 shots.

Quick made 37 saves as the Kings got a point but saw another one slip away.

"They catch a bounce there at the end and push it to overtime …They get a power play," Quick said. "You give a team that many chances on the power play and sooner or later they’re going to score on you. It ended up biting us at the end."

Los Angeles broke the scoreless tie when Kyle Clifford sent Carter in alone and he beat Dubnyk under the crossbar.

Quick stopped the first 33 shots he faced, but with time running out, Taylor Hall wristed the puck at the net from the high slot. It hit Quick's blocker and Yakupov knocked it in for his second goal of the season.

The Kings hurt themselves by failing to connect on eight power plays. Los Angeles is now 0 for 18 with the extra man in three games.

Five of the Kings' power plays came in the first period, when they had a two-man advantage for 2:00 and a four-minute power play after Oilers' defenseman Ladislav Smid received a double minor for instigating a fight while wearing a face shield. But the Kings came away with nothing -- and then had to kill three power plays by the Oilers.

Both teams had three more unsuccessful power plays in the second period, and the Kings had to kill three more penalties in the third -- including a tripping call against Carter with 2:50 remaining in regulation during which the Oilers thought they had tied the score.

Despite the loss, Kings coach Darryl Sutter wasn't displeased with his team's play.

"I thought we played well," he said. "We hit three posts. It’s 1-0 and we had all those chances to make it 2-0, with all the power plays. It’s tough to win on the road.”

Material from team media was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
13:26
LAK
Jeff Carter (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Kyle Clifford (3)
1 - 0 LAK
3rd Period
19:55
EDM
Nail Yakupov (2) Slapshot - ASST: Taylor Hall (2), Justin Schultz (1)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
03:01
EDM
PPG - Sam Gagner (1) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2), Justin Schultz (2)
2 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
03:47
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonathan Quick
03:47
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Cross checking against  Dustin Brown
07:09
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
09:54
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Misconduct (10 min)
09:54
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Instigator - face shield against  Jordan Nolan
09:54
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Instigator against  Jordan Nolan
09:54
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Fighting (maj) against  Jordan Nolan
09:54
LAK
Jordan Nolan  Fighting (maj) against  Ladislav Smid
14:07
LAK
Dwight King  Hi stick - double minor against  Mark Fistric
16:19
LAK
Mike Richards  Tripping against  Shawn Horcoff
2nd Period
02:14
LAK
Justin Williams  Holding against  Ryan Whitney
03:54
LAK
Colin Fraser  Too many men/ice - bench
03:54
EDM
Teemu Hartikainen  Face-off violation
06:33
LAK
Slava Voynov  Interference against  Ryan Smyth
13:42
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Tripping against  Jake Muzzin
14:33
EDM
Mark Fistric  Cross checking against  Dustin Brown
3rd Period
01:36
LAK
Trevor Lewis  Hi-sticking against  Mark Fistric
07:06
LAK
Trevor Lewis  Boarding against  Mark Fistric
12:23
EDM
Sam Gagner  Slashing against  Anze Kopitar
17:10
LAK
Jeff Carter  Tripping against  Jordan Eberle
OT Period
01:21
LAK
Jeff Carter  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Jonathan Quick
SA: 39TOI: 63:01
Saves: 37EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 19 - 20
SV%: .949SH: 3 - 3
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 31TOI: 61:05
Saves: 30EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .968SH: 1 - 1