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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Dwayne Roloson's timing was perfect for the Edmonton Oilers.

Roloson made 20 saves for his first shutout with Edmonton, a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 on Thursday night that moved the Oilers into a tie three-way tie for sixth place in the Western Conference.

"It's important for any goalie coming to a new team to get his first shutout," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "It couldn't have come at a better time."

Roloson, making his 12th straight start since a trade-deadline deal with Minnesota, has two shutouts this season and 18 in his NHL career.

"I seemed to be square all night long and pucks were hitting me," Roloson said . "We have to keep that killer instinct going."

Sergei Samsonov, Jaroslav Spacek and Ales Hemsky each had a goal and assist, and Raffi Torres also scored.

"We have made it easier on ourselves," said Samsonov, another deadline pickup who has three goals in his last four games. "Rollie shut the door for us."

The 10th-place Kings lost for third time in four nights to drop five points behind the Oilers, Anaheim and Vancouver.

"It's a lack of desperation and a lack of effort," said Jeremy Roenick after his second game back with the Kings after sustaining a chip fracture in his right ankle.

Torres opened the scoring at 1:43 of the first period with his 27th goal of the season, and Samsonov made it 2-0 on a power play with 2:59 left in the period.

Spacek scored a power-play goal in the second period, and Hemsky, with his first goal in 14 games, completed the scoring in the period.

Notes: Oilers rookie center Marc-Antoine Pouliot made his NHL debut. ... Roloson earned his first assist of the season on Samsonov's goal ... Fernando Pisani was the only Edmonton skater to finish without a shot. ... Kings interim coach John Torchetti is 1-3 since taking over for the fired Andy Murray.

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