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Hejda wins it in overtime!

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
After a strong conclusion to the third period with plenty of chances in the final minute, the Oilers carried that momentum into the extra frame.

Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff both cycled the puck down low in the Los Angeles end before Smyth spotted Hejda pinching in from the point. Smyth's seeing-eye pass hit right on the tape of the rookie blueliner and he tipped it by Kings starting goaltender Mathieu Garon.

The goal was Hejda's first in his NHL career.

Jarret Stoll had a pair of chances early in the game. First, he created a turnover in the neutral zone while killing a penalty and broke into the Kings' zone on a two-on-one. His low blast from the right circle was stopped by Garon.

Several minutes later, Stoll had an even better chance as he broke in behind the Los Angeles defence and came in alone on the Kings goal. His attempted backhand deke was denied by Garon.

The Kings had a number of chances throughout the period but every time they swarmed around the Oilers' net, Roloson was able to make the stop.

In the final minute, Horcoff broke in with Lupul on a two-on-one. He elected to shoot and it went off the shoulder of Garon and rang off the crossbar.

Shots after one period were 13-7 for Los Angeles.

Six minutes into the second, the Kings came close to breaking the deadlock. Brian Willsie bowled over Roloson as Los Angeles crashed the net. The Oilers netminder had trouble getting to his feet and had to struggle to get his pads in front of the goal line in order to stop a point shot from Craig Conroy.

His pads were close enough to the line that it warranted a video review but it was ruled no goal.

On that same play, the Kings took a penalty to put Edmonton on the power play. Hemsky found Stoll at the left point and he blasted a shot high glove side behind Garon.

Edmonton had another power play later in the period. The best chance on that man advantage came on a Stoll blast from the right side but it was gloved down by Garon.

When Avery came out of the box hecame down the ice on a two-on-one along with Alexander Frolov. He managed to deke out Roloson but his backhand missed the empty net. The scoring chance was somewhat broken up by Jason Smith, who managed to get back in the play after getting a boost from Petr Nedved as the two raced up ice.

Shots in the period were 15-7 for Edmonton and 22-20 overall.

Frolov had another good chance early in the third when both teams were four-on-four. He corralled the puck in the slot before spinning and attempting a backhand shot on the Oilers netminder. Roloson kicked the puck into the corner.

Los Angeles continued to pressure the Oilers and eventually it resulted in the game-tying goal. Lubomir Visnovsky blasted the puck from the point and it was tipped in front by Konstantin Pushkarev for his first career NHL goal.

Roloson made some big stops midway through the third on Dustin Brown and Kopitar. Brown's shot from the slot was knocked down by the Oilers netminder and he managed to slide his pad across to deny Kopitar on the close rebound.

Both teams had chances in the final minute of the third. Roloson lost his stick for a sequence but was able to keep the game tied.

Hemsky and Smyth wired shots at Garon and on the next shift Torres and Pisani each had chances to get the winner but could not beat the Kings netminder.

The Kings outshot Edmonton 14-6 in period three.
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