LOS ANGELES, CA -
Richard Bachman, called up this morning from the American Hockey League, made 47 saves in regulation and overtime, however the Kings would take the game, 2-1, courtesy of shootout goals by Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar.
“I liked the way we stayed in the fight," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "We were under siege, especially in the third. I don’t think the guys had a lot left in the tank, but Bachman was excellent. I thought he made a couple of big saves, but for the most part he was just square to the puck and the puck was sticking to him. It would just hit him and fall into him. He really settled our bench down, and our team down with his play.”
"Obviously we wanted to get the win, but that's a really good team we played against," said Oilers forward Boyd Gordon. "Every guy in their lineup battles hard, and I thought our guys dug in tonight. It was a good point for us."
The Oilers broke their streak of consecutive power plays without a goal at 4:12 of the second period as one of their young players broke a scoring drought of his own.
Nail Yakupov scored off a rebound from Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, notching his first goal of the season. Jeff Petry and Anton Belov were awarded the assists on the score.
That goal was the Oilers first power play score in 24 tries, a streak spanning eight games.
Mike Richards tied the game for the Kings with just over three minutes remaining in the second period after he scooped up a rebound and fired it pas Oilers goalie Richard Bachman.
The goal was Richards' fourth point in the last five games.
Richards appeared to score the go-ahead goal with six minutes remaining in the game but Bachman was interfered with and the score was waived off by the officials, keep it locked in at 1-1.
Three periods was not enough to decide this game and it went into overtime where the shots were 3-0 in favour of the Kings, but Bachman denied all of them sending the game to a shootout.
Richards shot first for LA and scored glove-side on Bachman.
“They’re good," said Bachman. "That’s a tough lineup. Obviously you want to get that point, it’s a huge point, but you know it’s a shoot-out, it’s 50-50.”
Jordan Eberle scored low on Quick to answer.
Then Kopitar sniped it past the Oilers backstop on the Kings third attempt and Quick denied David Perron and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot wide to give the Kings the 2-1 victory.