Two nights after one of their worst efforts of the season, the Edmonton Oilers rebounded with one of their best
Taylor Hall's power-play goal 3:06 into overtime gave Edmonton a 2-1 victory against Los Angeles on Sunday night, ending the Oilers' five-game losing streak.
With Justin Williams in the box for high sticking, Ales Hemsky's blast from the top of the left circle was stopped by Jonathan Quick's pad. But Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff took the rebound and fed a behind-the-back pass across the crease to Hall, who slammed it home for his 15th of the season.
"It's something we worked on in practice," Hall said. "I knew the pass was coming."
Added Horcoff: "It was one of those plays where I know he's going to be there."
The win was the Oilers' first since they won 4-3 in Chicago on Jan. 2 and came two nights after they were routed 5-0 at home by the Anaheim Ducks.
"I was proud of the guys for this effort," Horcoff said after the Oilers improved to 17-23-4 with just their third win in 15 games.
With 2011 top pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and team scoring leader Jordan Eberle both sidelined with injuries, much of the offensive burden has fallen upon Hall, the first player chosen in the 2010 NHL Draft. His coach is pleased at the way Hall has accepted his elevated role.
"If you want to see passion in a hockey player, just look at Taylor Hall," Tom Renney said.
Los Angeles (22-15-9) got on the board when Williams scored on a deflection 6:22 into the third period, but had its six-game winning streak at Rexall Place end when Hall scored.
Journeyman forward Josh Green opened the scoring at 11:21 of the opening period, one second before a penalty to Dustin Brown would have expired. Green, recalled earlier this month from the minors due to a spate of injuries among Edmonton forwards, set up in front of Quick and deflected Jeff Petry's straightaway slapper into the net.
It was Green's first NHL goal in almost exactly five years -- his last one came on Jan. 16, 2007, as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, one of eight franchises he's played for. The first one was the Kings, who took him with the 30th selection in the 1996 NHL Draft.
"Great shot from Petry from the point, and I was lucky to get a stick on it," Green said. "It was a great feeling and a great feeling to win."
Hall had a chance to make it 2-0 a few minutes later as he faced an open net, but was knocked down before he could get off a backhander.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter said the quick turnaround after Saturday's 4-1 win at Calgary had a hand in his team's slow start.
“We just finished playing. We had a tough schedule," he said. "We played at 8 last night and we played at 6 today. I think that’s a good explanation.’’
Quick kept it a 1-0 game with a big stop on Green, followed by a tremendous glove save on Ryan Jones midway through the second period. He robbed Sam Gagner with his pad a few minutes later after some nice passing by the Oilers.
"He was fantastic all night," defenseman Rob Scuderi said of Quick. "You look at the two goals. I know one was even strength, but it’s pretty much two power-play goals. He played fantastic for us and gave us a chance. At least we got a point.’’
Williams tied it when he got a piece of Slava Voynov's slapper and tipped it past Devan Dubnyk. Anze Kopitar earned the second assist for his 400th NHL point.
Dubnyk had to make only 20 saves for the Oilers, who gave their goaltender the kind of help he hasn't had recently.
"The guys made it pretty easy on me tonight," he said after the Oilers outshot the Kings 33-21. "They didn't get anything that they didn't earn or deserve."
The Kings, who play in Vancouver on Tuesday, fell to 2-2-4 in the second half of back-to-back games. They are 7-1-5 since Sutter took over as coach last month.
“We got three out of four points. We didn’t lose," Sutter said when asked if he was disappointed at the outcome. "We got three out of four. That’s for you guys [reporters] to be negative about, not me.’’
Material from team media was used in this report