Coming off a 6-2 loss to the Flames and playing a team that had not played in five days, the Kings ventured into Edmonton and squeaked out a 2-1 victory and got a much-needed win, a win which allowed the Kings to jump ahead of the Oilers in the standings and now sit one point back of Nashville for eighth place.
Anze Kopitar batted a puck out of mid-air for the game-winner and Jason LaBarbera got the knob of the stick on an Ales Hemsky shot in the dying seconds of the game to clinch the win. The Kings will face the Chicago Blackhawks in an afternoon game on Nov. 29 at STAPLES Center.
LaBarera continues to dominate Edmonton. He is now 4-0 with a 1.00 GAA against the Oilers. Tonight’s game was his first start since Nov. 1…Eighteen-year-old Drew Doughty led all Kings in ice time with 24:11…Kopitar has been an Oiler-killer: he now has 11 points in eight games versus Edmonton. Overall, he has goals in two straight games and points in four straight games…Both Kopitar and Patrick O’Sullivan, who scored tonight as well, scored the last time the Kings played the Oilers on Feb. 28 last season…Los Angeles is now 57-78-32 against Edmonton all-time…The Kings were listening (and singing) Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ after their win tonight.
King Head Coach Terry Murray:
(Re: game recap)
“We came out with kind of an attitude that we needed some redemption. We had to go out and show ourselves that we were going to dig in and play hard…I think both our teams are coming up a little short in the offensive part of the game, being able to finish.”
(Re: Greene and Stoll)
“No, I didn't thing Greener and Stoll were nervous. They were excited about it and looking forward to the challenge of playing against their former team…I was happy for both of them that they were able to come back here and get a win tonight.”
(Re: dominance over the Oilers)
“I don’t know what it is...I’ve always felt good in this building…I guess I’ve been a little bit lucky as well.”
(Re: the goaltender situation in LA)
“Whoever’s going to take the ball and run with I guess. We’re both capable, that’s the thing. I think they have confidence in both of us.”
(Re: tonight’s win)
“It was huge, especially with our effort last night…we knew we had to come out and respond.”
(Re: game recap)
“It’s huge for us. Last night we played a bad game, everybody knew that…giving up one goal on the road, I think is pretty good…we knew they didn’t play for five days so maybe they were a little rusty but we took it right to them.”
(RE: Playing the old team)
“It’s definitely a different view from that bench and seeing those guys that you battled with for five years. It’s definitely nice to get the win, that’s for sure.”
(RE: The future)
“We’ve got a good young team that has a lot of skill and a lot of work ethic and if we keep this group together for a long period of time, good things are going to happen.”