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
"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
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.''
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.
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
"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.
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.