Series (Game 1 of 4)

Edmonton leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 16th
Game 2: Thursday, January 9th
Game 3: Thursday, January 16th
Game 4: Thursday, March 6th

Kings 4

(8-6-2, 20 pts)

Oilers 1

(6-8-1, 16 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 16, 2002

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
LA 1 1 24
EDM 1 0 01

Top Skaters

Kings spoil Oilers' chance for three straight wins

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Andy Murray used some advice from his aunt to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers.

The Los Angeles coach got a phone call from his aunt, Bernice, before Saturday night's game against Edmonton asking for more ice time for Kings rookie Michael Cammalleri, a player she has in her hockey pool.

"I have to give credit to my aunt,'' Murray said after Cammalleri scored his first NHL goal in a 4-1 victory over the Oilers. "She wanted him out there more. He got some ice time and he contributed.''

Cammalleri -- who didn't know anything about Murray's aunt in Wetaskiwin, Alberta., until after the game -- converted Brad Chartrand's pass from the edge of the crease to put the Kings up 2-1 at 18:37 of the second.

"Thanks to Andy's aunt,'' said the 20-year-old Toronto native, picked in the second round by Los Angeles in the 2001 draft. "I appreciate that. She's a great lady in my book.''

Ian Laperriere, Jaroslav Modry and Ziggy Palffy, into an empty net, also scored for the Kings, who ended a three-game losing streak and are 2-3-0-1 on their eight-game road trip.

Janne Niinimaa had the lone goal for the Oilers, who were attempting to win three straight for the first time this season.

"We were right where we wanted to be,'' said Niinimaa, who swooped in for a rebound and wristed a shot over a prone Felix Potvin to open the scoring 4:44 into the game.

"We were at home. Got the first goal. Had some chances to make it 2-0. Somehow, little by little, we let it slip away. I don't think L.A. did anything special to us.''

Laperriere tied it at 8:32 of the first.

Tommy Salo stopped Eric Belanger's shot, and Laperriere slid in the rebound while falling to the ice.

After Cammalleri's go-ahead goal, Potvin preserved the Kings' 2-1 lead with a diving stop on Anson Carter's shot from the slot with the Oilers on a power play early in the third. He wound up with 17 saves.

Modry made it 3-1 with a power-play goal 4:29 into the third, his seventh of the season and fourth on the power play.

Mathieu Schneider slid a behind-the-back pass to Modry at the blue line, and Modry beat Salo with a low point shot through traffic.

"The puck has seeing eyes for him,'' Murray said of Modry. "And it was a very good screen by (Bryan) Smolinski. I don't think Tommy (Salo) saw the shot.''

Palffy added an empty-net goal at 19:36 of the third.

Game notes

RW Mike York was scratched from Edmonton's lineup because of chronic headaches. He's day-to-day. ... Kings LW Adam Deadmarsh missed his second straight game after sustaining a concussion Nov. 12 in Toronto. ... Edmonton D Janne Niinimaa, who wears number 44, scored his fourth goal of the season at 4:44 of the first period.

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