|Date of game: 12/30/2014
Recap: Edmonton vs. Los Angeles
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - David Perron scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Edmonton Oilers ended a nine-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Each team had a good chance to score in the shootout before Perron's winner. Jordan Eberle, Edmonton's second shooter, made several moves before Jonathan Quick's glove stuffed his offering at the goal line. Tyler Toffoli followed for the Kings, but his shot rang off the right post.
Perron ended the skills competition in the fourth round as he moved the puck from his forehand to his backhand and quickly lifted it over Quick's pad for the game-winner.
Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in regulation and Ben Scrivens made 37 saves in his 100th career game for the Oilers, who won their first game since a 2-1 win over San Jose on Dec. 7.
Edmonton head coach Todd Nelson earned his first win as an NHL coach since taking over for Dallas Eakins on Dec. 15.
"(Nelson) is awesome to have back there," Perron said. "It was good for him and good for us."
Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin lit the lamp for Los Angeles, which has dropped three of its last four. Quick stopped 19 shots in defeat.
"We didn't play a good game," Toffoli said. "We started playing when we were down two goals."
It was only a matter of time until the Kings tied the game as they dominated play with a 15-1 shot advantage in the third period.
Los Angeles took advantage of Justin Schultz's high-sticking penalty and evened the game at 2-2 with 2:25 remaining in regulation. Marian Gaborik tracked a loose puck down behind the net and shuffled it to Muzzin, who beat Scrivens with a wrister short side from the left circle.
Neither team was able to end the game in overtime and it went to a shootout.
Newly-acquired Derek Roy dished a pass from the left circle to Hendricks, who one-timed a shot from the high slot past the glove of Quick to open the scoring 4:37 into the contest.
Nugent-Hopkins added to Edmonton's lead midway through the second as he took a dish from Taylor Hall and snapped a shot just inside the right circle for a 2-0 game.
Doughty's rising slap shot from the point eluded Scrivens' glove and hit off the camera inside the net to cut the Kings' deficit in half at 10:02 of the third. It wasn't ruled a goal until a stoppage of play when a video review was initiated.Game Notes
Forwards Matt Fraser and Roy both made their Oilers debut. Fraser was claimed
off waivers from the Boston Bruins and Roy was acquired in a trade from the
Predators for forward Mark Arcobello ... Edmonton defenseman Nikita Nikitin
made his return to the lineup after missing 10 games with a back injury ...
Gaborik extended his point streak to seven games ... The Oilers defeated the
Kings at home for the first time since Feb. 28, 2008 ... Despite the loss, the
Kings extended their franchise-long point streak against Edmonton to 12 games
(9-0-3), last losing to Edmonton in regulation on Nov. 3, 2011.