LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings became the latest team
to capitalize on the NHL's worst penalty-killing unit.
Lubomir Visnovsky ended a 20-game goal drought during a power
play in the second period, and fellow defenseman Joe Corvo scored
the go-ahead goal with 4:09 remaining to end a 49-game scoring
drought as the Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 Tuesday night.
It was the 13th straight game in which the Oilers surrendered at
least one power-play goal, a franchise record. The Oilers have
killed off only 72.2 percent of their short-handed situations this
season -- and 33 of 52 during the current streak.
The Oilers have allowed at least one power-play goal in 25 of
their first 31 games.
"I don't have an answer for that," center Adam Oates said.
"I've been through a couple of streaks like that before, but I
don't think it was 13 in a row. Obviously there have been mistakes
and breakdowns, but it seems like something different every time."
"This is one of those games after a long trip that are always a
challenge," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "I thought Edmonton was
better than us in the first period, but we stayed patient and it
paid off. We got key goals when we needed them."
The Oilers tied the game at 2-all 86 seconds into the third when
Hemsky scored his eighth of the season.
Corvo scored what proved to be the winner on a wrist shot from
the right point that bounced off the leg of Oilers defenseman Steve
Staios and past the glove of Salo. It was Corvo's first goal since
"We got some big goals from the guys," Martin Straka said.
"We struggled for the first 20 minutes, but we picked it up after
Visnovsky's goal gave the Kings a 2-1 lead with less than seven
minutes left in the second period. He took a slapshot from just
inside the blue line that skipped through Salo's legs just as
Staios cross-checked Trent Klatt in front of the crease.
Horcoff opened the scoring at 13:56 of the first period with his
The Kings tied it 63 seconds after the first intermission when
Sim converted the rebound of his own shot.
"We got out of the first period in good shape, but then we gave
the puck away three or four times in the first minute of the second
and they get a goal to get back in the game," Edmonton coach Craig
MacTavish said. "The game was there for the taking."
A moment of silence was observed for former Chicago
Blackhawks defenseman Keith Magnuson, who was killed in a car
accident on Monday. "He was just a tough, tough competitor and
nobody liked to play against him," recalled former Kings forward
Bob Berry, a longtime opponent of Magnuson. ... The Kings are
4-for-50 on the power play over their last 12 games. ... Noah
Clarke, the first Southern California-born player to ever play for
the Kings, assisted on Sim's goal. ... "I was like every fan in
the building. I kind of felt a buzz every time he was on the ice,"
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Arena: STAPLES Center Location: Los Angeles, California
Referees: Rob Shick, Kelly Sutherland Linesmen: Randy Mitton, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 18,118 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Shawn Horcoff (4)
Assists: Georges Laraque, Jason Smith
Jon Sim (5)
Assists: Maxim Kuznetsov, Noah Clarke
Lubomir Visnovsky (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Zigmund Palffy, Martin Straka
Ales Hemsky (8)
Assists: Mike York, Ryan Smyth
Joe Corvo (2)
Assists: Mattias Norstrom, Alexander Frolov
Alexander Frolov (9)
(Empty Net) Assist: Lubomir Visnovsky