The Oilers came out fast, furious and feisty in the third period. Cogliano and Wayne Simmonds both took slashing penalties at 8:57 in the third and Simmonds sat right back down for a holding call after that giving the Oilers a chance to go up on the Kings. This did not happen. In fact a rare goal by Matt Greene was the turning point of this game. Greene wired a slap shot from 56 feet out and it somehow found a way to turn the red light on. Matt Greene picks up his fourth goal in 258 games. The stunned LA Kings bench raised their sticks for Matt Greene and with only 4:28 to play in the third, it looked pretty good to grab the two points.
TOP PERFORMERS OILERS - Potulny picked up his third goal of the season and his fifth point. He had three shots on net, one hit, two blocked shots and went 10-7 for 59% in the faceoff circle. JF Jacques came out very physical tonight connecting on seven hits, getting in one fight and forming a great scoring chance down low and got two shots on net.
KINGS- Although Anze Kopitar has not scored in his last six games, he has six goals in the seven games prior to that drought. Tonight he had six shots and saw 23:27 minutes of ice time. He went 11-12 in the faceoff circle which is 48%. He walked away tonight with another star, picking up the third star of the night.
SAVE OF THE GAME With just over five minutes to play in the second period, the Oilers had a great scoring chance on Jonathan Quick. He sure did have to be quick on the hard slap shot from 69 feet out from Steve Staios. He wired one on net as hard as he could and with O'Sullivan to Quicks' right and Brule almost right in front waiting to finish the play and guarantee a goal, Quick shut his glove and stopped the play.
THE 4TH STAR The fourth star of the night should be handed to JF Jacques for his gritty physical play. Jacques dropped the gloves with Sean O'Donnell just 4:47 into the second frame spiking the crowd and giving the Oilers some much needed jump. Other than a few other shoving matches, Jacques did stay out of the box. Most importantly, Jacques had seven hits tonight bringing his total hits to 69, putting him in 13th in the NHL.
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT Sam Gagner went 8-1 on the face-off circle which is his best so far this season. 8-1 is 89% face-offs won tonight. Lucky 89 that he wears on the back of his jersey.
Former Oilers defenseman Matt Greene scored a rare game winner tonight for the LA Kings. Greene ripped a wild slap shot on net late in the third period to give the Kings the 2-1 lead. Greene marks just his fourth goal in 258 NHL games. Funny bounce against his former team? I think so!
QUOTABLE Oilers centre Ryan Potulny:
Their D' were pushing pretty hard, trying to bottle us up in our own end. We just have to find a way to win those games. The effort is there and we're working hard but hard work isn't enough right now, that's what it comes down to."
LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene:
"It felt good. It doesn't really matter if it's in Edmonton or not. A win is a win on the road and we'll take it wherever you can get it. They are few and far between for me. I can't really bare down and pick the rinks I want to score them in."
BY THE NUMBERS
146- Man games lost for the Oilers this season.
19- Kopitar has earned points in 19 of the Kings' 24 games.
60- Kopitar, Smyth and Williams have combined for 60 points in 17 games together.
75- Matt Greene is 2nd in the league for defensemen hits with 75. 16- Kopitar had 16 multipoint games last season.
4- Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has 4 shutouts- all have come on the road.
36- Kings only have 36 man games lost to injury so far this season.
258- Matt Greene picks up his 4th goal in 258 games.