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RECAP: Kings 3, Oilers 2

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

EDMONTON, AB – The Oilers, trailing since the second period, managed to tie the game in the third but Tanner Pearson’s power play goal lifted the Los Angeles Kings to their fifth straight win, a 3-2 decision.

There was some drama at the end, with rookie centre Connor McDavid thinking he scored the tying goal with 3.8 seconds left. However, it was ruled a no goal and had to go to video review. The review was found inconclusive, with Jonathan Quick’s glove covering the puck. It looked as though the puck and Quick’s glove crossed the line, but the ruling stood.

“He made a good save,” said McDavid. “I thought it could have gone in. Obviously, it’s pretty tough to see if his glove covered it up over there. Tough play.”

The explanation to the Oilers was simply that they didn’t have conclusive evidence to overturn the call that was made.

“We were told it was ruled a non goal on the ice and we were told it wasn’t definitive enough to overturn,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.

“Those are the rules. We’re at the mercy of the referees and the league and they’re doing their best to make the right call. I guess we don’t have to agree with it, but it’s made and we move on.”

The Oilers scored first, courtesy of their red-hot second line. The trio of Benoit Pouliot, McDavid and Nail Yakupov came into the game having scored a combined seven goals in the previous four games. They added their eighth in five at 4:42 of the opening period.

Yakupov passed the puck across the ice to McDavid who crossed the blueline with speed. McDavid drove the net and his rebound was buried by the trailing Pouliot for his second goal of the season. Both McDavid and Yakupov stretched their point streak to five games with assists on the goal.

The Kings responded quickly, tying things up at 6:04. Jeff Carter’s shot slipped through the legs of goaltender Cam Talbot to make it 1-1. Milan Lucic recorded the assist. Carter has been a thorn in the Oilers side, scoring 14 goals in 18 career games against Edmonton.

Talbot made a big save on Kyle Clifford 2:43 into the second period when the Kings forward had a partial break.

The Kings took their first lead of the night at 13:36 of the second following a turnover in the neutral zone. Anze Kopitar sniped top shelf on Talbot to pull Los Angeles ahead 2-1. Clifford and Jordan Nolan recorded the assists.

With 3:09 left in the middle frame Talbot withstood a power play barrage from the Kings to make a sprawling cover of the puck through a mess of bodies. The Oilers killed off the Lauri Korpikoski holding call to remain down by a lone score heading into the third period.

Just over five minutes gone in the third, Rob Klinkhammer was denied by a big pad save on arguably the Oilers best chance of the game up to that point.

“It’s a tough one, but that’s the way the game goes sometimes,” said Klinkhammer. “You’ve got to battle through it and I thought we fought hard until the end. Unfortunately, it’s not the outcome we wanted.”

A tripping penalty to Brayden McNabb gave the Oilers a chance to tie things up on the power play with 7:53 to go in the game. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sent a shot inside and Taylor Hall got a piece of it, scoring the equalizer at 13:56 of the third. Oscar Klefbom recorded the second assist.

With 3:26 to play, Pearson scored on the power play to give the Kings back the lead and make it a 3-2 game. Jake Muzzin and Drew Doughty earned the helpers.

“Obviously, they’re a big team with big, strong guys over there. It was a grind all day,” said McDavid. “I thought we did a pretty good job staying with them. It was a tough break on the penalty late and frustrating to find a way to lose that one.”

The Oilers thought they scored with 3.8 seconds left after a flurry of chances, but Quick’s glove and a video review yielded no positive results for the Oilers.

The Kings were able to withstand the Oilers final chances, closing out their fifth straight win after an 0-3 start to the season.
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