The talk before tonight's game revolved around Rod Phillips' retirement, as well as the return of Dustin Penner to Edmonton after being traded to the Los Angeles Kings. What might have been lost in the commotion was the fact that the Oilers are riding a nine-game losing streak after failing to win a game since March 5 in Colorado. Though coming close to breaking that streak against the Flames on Saturday night, the Oilers came into Tuesday night looking to record a win against a Los Angeles Kings team that has won three straight.
The first period started off rough for the home team. Penalty troubles were a problem in the first half for the Oilers as they took three straight minor penalties, the first coming just 12 seconds into the game. This resulted in the Kings being able to get momentum; by the end of the period Los Angeles was badly outshooting Edmonton 7-18. Luckily, Khabibulin came up big for the Oilers, and the two teams entered the period with a blank scoreboard.
The Oilers started the second off strong, almost evening the shots in the first five minutes. However, the Los Angeles Kings answered back and scored on their first shot of the period to break the scoreless tie. After 40 minutes, the Oilers found themselves down 2-0, Dustin Brown having scored both goals.
Not much occured in the third period, until the Oilers managed a flurry in the last half of the period, resulting in many quality chances. Unfortunately, Jonathan Bernier stood tall for the Kings, stopping every shot he faced tonight. In the end it was a 2-0 loss for the home team, as Edmonton now extends their losing streak to 10-straight games.Nikolai Khabibulin
was back in nets, stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faced while posting a .939 save percentage. In his return to Edmonton, Dustin Penner was held pointless.
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