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RECAP: Kings 4, Oilers 3

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Edmonton Oilers made a game of it, tying the game late in the third period but the Los Angeles Kings scored the game-winning goal even later en route to a 4-3 win on Saturday night. The line of Teddy Purcell, Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall each had a goal and an assist on the night to lead the attack for the Oilers.

With 4:50 to play in the game, Hall redirected a backhand feed from Klefbom on goal from the slot and it went in, resulting in a tie game.

However, Anton Lander took a holding penalty just over a minute later. Oilers killed it off, but six seconds after it expired the Kings scored the game winner.

Nick Shore picked up the puck in the high slot, spun and scored to put the Kings in the lead for good.

“I think we’re all torn. We’re emotionally torn because of the drive to come back against a good, hard team. That seems to be our mantra right now. But then, the mistakes. O-zone penalties and mistakes at the end seemed to cost us against,” said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan.

“We’re in a vicious cycle and have to find a way to get out of it. Individuals have to be better in certain situations," he continued. "We have to play smarter as a team. We can’t afford the extra two mistakes we make a night right now. We can’t outscore our mistakes and we have to learn that lesson.”

Final shot count in the game was 28-25 for Los Angeles.

The Oilers got on the board at the 5:17 mark of period two when Leon Draisaitl's quick shot from the right circle beat Quick clean on the glove side moments after Taylor Hall fed him with a nice pass, making it 2-1.

Draisaitl had two points on the night but was upset the team wasn't rewarded for their efforts.

"It's really frustrating," he began. "In most parts of the game we played really good hockey against a very strong, big team. Again, rallying back from 3-1, tying it up late and getting that late goal. It's really frustrating but I think that's something we have to do better as a team.

"We have to dig down in the last couple of minutes and make sure we make the safe plays."

Edmonton continued to carry the play through the middle frame but again the Kings found a way to regain their two-goal lead. Milan Lucic corralled the puck in the slot and ripped it by Talbot for his fifth goal of the season.

The Oilers pressure finally paid off with 6:07 to go in the second. Teddy Purcell's shot from the point found its way into the back of the net thanks to a great screen in front by Luke Gazdic, making it a one-goal game once again at 3-2.

After 40 minutes, shots on goal were 21-18 for the Kings; 11-7 Oilers in the second.

The Kings got on the board only 1:17 into the contest. After a battle behind the Oilers net, the puck squirted out to Marian Gaborik perched at the left of the post and he made no mistake, slipping the puck in on the short side to put Los Angeles up early.

With 8:06 to go in the first, Nail Yakupov nearly scored, rushing into Kings zone and firing several shots along the ice glove side on goaltender Jonathan Quick. The puck looked to have crossed the line but after video review there was no conclusive evidence.

Edmonton was sparked by that play and continued to generate chances in the back half of the opening period, but a turnover in the neutral zone turned into another goal for Los Angeles.

Marian Gaborik skated up ice with the puck and fired it on Talbot. He made the initial save off but Tanner Pearson picked up the rebound, spun and shot the puck top shelf for the goal.

Shots after one were 14-7 for the Kings.
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