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Petersen shorthander not enough

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Kings forward Noah Clarke scored his first career NHL goal just past the two-minute mark in the game. Clarke took the puck along the side boards and wound up for a wrist shot that eluded Oilers starting goaltender Jussi Markkanen. The goal was Clarke's first in his NHL career.

Several minutes later, Aaron Miller's shot from the right circle was kicked out by Markkanen but the rebound went right to Alexander Frolov who put the puck into the open net.

With Los Angeles on the power play, Mike Cammalleri and Lubomir Visnovsky got their signals crossed up near the Edmonton blueline and the puck squirted loose to Toby Petersen. The Oilers forward turned that opportunity into a breakaway and made no mistake, slipping the puck under the left pad of Mathieu Garon to cut the Kings' lead to 2-1.

The Kings carried the play for most of the opening period with their best chance coming on a Gabe Gauthier wrister from the right circle. The shot went off the outside of the post behind Markkanen.

With seconds ticking off the clock in the opening period, Markkanen kicked out a Rob Blake shot from point-blank range to keep the deficit at one goal.

Shots on goal after one were 18-8 for Los Angeles.

Edmonton almost tied the game early in the middle frame. Raffi Torres took the initial shot from the left point and Garon kicked it out to Marc Pouliot as he drove to the net. Pouliot fanned on the rebound.

The Oilers continued to pressure Los Angeles and eventually their hard work resulted in their first power play of the night but the Kings were able to kill it off.

Los Angeles then went on a power play of their own a couple minutes after killing off their first penalty. The Kings had the Oilers pinned in their zone for the entire two minutes with the same PK unit trapped and Pisani without a stick. Just as the power play expired, Mike Cammalleri took a feed from across the slot and one-timed it high glove past Markkanen.

Sykora had two chances to score with three minutes left in the first. He fired a shot on a partial break but was stopped by Garon.

Following the second period shots were 25-18 for the Kings.

Early in the third, Brad Winchester and Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves for a spirited bout. Winchester got the better of the Kings forward in the fight.

Midway through the third Torres came close to getting one back for Edmonton as Garon came across to stop his backhand attempt. The puck squirted through his legs but didn't go across the line.

Seconds later, Rob Blake scored to make it 4-1 for Los Angeles. Shawn Horcoff actually won the draw but the puck went off the boards straight to Visnovsky at the left point. He threw a pass to Rob Blake at the other point and his one-timer beat Markkanen on the power play.

Exactly two minutes later, Los Angeles scored its second power play goal. Mike Cammalleri took a pass from Lubomir Visnovsky behind the Oilers net. His shot from the right circle beat Markkanen.
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