EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Petr Nedved is fitting in perfectly with the
Nedved, acquired from the New York Rangers on March 3, scored his 300th
career goal to help the Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Friday night.
With the Oilers protecting a one-goal lead late in the second period, Nedved
carried the puck to the right of goalie Roman Cechmanek and scored on a high
``A great goal, a goal scorer's goal,'' Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.
``Petr, I thought played well again tonight. That's why we were as excited as
we were to get him _ that reason right there.''
Nedved has four goals and six assists since joining the Oilers.
``Definitely, it's a nice feeling, but the most important thing is that it
gave us a little more cushion going into the third period,'' Nedved said.
``They kind of took over in the second period.''
Fernando Pisani and Ryan Smyth also scored for the Oilers, seventh in the
Western Conference. Edmonton has earned at least a point in 15 consecutive
games, and hasn't had a regulation loss since Feb. 25 in Anaheim.
``We're in a must-win situation and it just goes to show what kind of
character players that we have on this team,'' Pisani said. ``We have to win
games and that's the way we have to play.''
Ian Laperriere scored for Los Angeles. The Kings have lost six straight and
will need a furious finish in their last five games to catch St. Louis for the
final playoff spot.
``We gave too much of the physical side,'' said disappointed Kings coach
Andy Murray. ``When that's happening, you get the type of shot opportunities
that they were getting.''
Edmonton took advantage of an early five-on-three power-play when Pisani
scored off a cross-crease feed from Adam Oates. The goal was Pisani's 15th of
the season and fourth in three games.
Smyth made it 2-0 when he recovered a giveaway from defenseman Jaroslav
Modry and quickly deposited a shot past Cechmanek.
The Oilers dominated the period, outshooting the Kings 18-5.
Los Angeles got back into the game 2:33 into the second on Laperriere's 10th
goal. Scott Ferguson, back in the Edmonton lineup after Cory Cross was forced
to sit out with a sore back, turned the puck over exactly like Modry's gaffe,
which gave Laperriere an opportunity to slide a low shot past Ty Conklin.
Conklin wasn't tested often and made 18 saves.