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Edmonton at Los Angeles

Dubnyk makes 52 saves as Oilers prevail over Kings in shootout

CBSSports.com wire reports
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LOS ANGELES -- While Jonathan Quick gave up three goals on Edmonton's first 14 shots, the Los Angeles Kings couldn't score until their 46th shot on Oilers rookie Devan Dubnyk. After Quick's teammates rallied to force a shootout, their goalie couldn't make another save.

Although the playoff-bound Kings probably should be worried about their goaltending, the NHL-worst Oilers have ample reason to feel good about their future in net.

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3y-Vancouver485921
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6x-San Jose485717
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8x-Minnesota485522
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Dubnyk made 52 saves and denied the Kings' last two shootout attempts, leading the Oilers past Los Angeles 4-3 Saturday in a victory that seriously hurt the Kings' hopes of finishing fifth in the Western Conference.

Tom Gilbert had a short-handed goal and two assists for the Oilers, who have won three straight near the close of their worst season since 1994. Edmonton blew a three-goal lead in the third period, but Ryan Potulny and Shawn Horcoff scored on the Oilers' only two shootout attempts.

Count veteran Oilers coach Pat Quinn among those who aren't sure about the Kings' fitness for their first postseason run since 2002. Los Angeles is in a 3-3-3 skid heading into Sunday's season finale at Colorado, losing three times during a franchise-record four straight shootouts.

"The Kings have some talent and grit, but the goals we had were easy," Quinn said. "So if they keep that as a standard, then they won't go far in the playoffs. They have great forwards that play well, and [Drew] Doughty and [Jack] Johnson are very talented on the defensive side, so once they have solid goaltending, they will always have a chance to win."

Quick began the season impressively while setting the franchise record for victories, but after an exhausting winter that included a trip to the Vancouver Olympics with the U.S. team and the birth of his first child, he has failed in eight straight tries at his 40th victory.

He made just 13 saves against Edmonton in his club-record 72nd appearance of the season. The Staples Center crowd booed its team when Gilbert scored his fifth goal of the season early in the third period on a stoppable shot that somehow eluded Quick.

"It doesn't bother me," Quick said of his 0-3-3 record while being yanked twice in eight games since March 22. "There's no reason it should. As a team, and me personally, we've won plenty of games to be confident that we're going to win more, so it doesn't affect me at all."

Mike Comrie scored two early goals and the Oilers spoiled the Kings' home finale, making the most of their meager scoring chances in front of Dubnyk's fourth career victory. With just its second win in 23 road games, Edmonton snapped a 10-game winless streak on the road since Feb. 11, when the Oilers beat the Kings in another shootout.

"The guys were really battling out there for me today, and that's how I was able to take away some of those 50-50 pucks," said Dubnyk, who played in 13 games before getting his first NHL victory last month. "It's never an easy last game of the season, especially when we're not in the playoffs, but there are jobs up for grabs, and no one wants to end on a sour note."

Michal Handzus scored the tying goal with 2:34 left in regulation and connected again in the shootout for the Kings, who took a season-high 55 shots, although precious few of them seemed to be clear scoring chances.

Captain Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll also scored third-period goals for the Kings, who erased a 3-0 deficit in the final 13:21 on the 28th anniversary of the "Miracle on Manchester" -- the Kings' improbable rally from a 5-0 third-period deficit against Edmonton in the 1982 playoffs.

The Kings could have finished in fifth place in the Western Conference by winning their final two games, but this loss to the NHL's worst team opened the door for Detroit to clinch the No. 5 spot with a victory at Chicago on Sunday. Los Angeles could slip to seventh behind Nashville.

"These are important games right now, and to not get two points today is a real disappointment," Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell said. "I think we need to realize you cannot just turn it on come Wednesday or Thursday next week. It's hard to poke too many holes when shots are like that, but we still need to find a way to get those two points."

Brown ended Dubnyk's bid for his first career shutout with an easy rebound goal, and Stoll fired a shot over Dubnyk's glove for his 15th goal 5½ minutes later.

After Los Angeles took two penalties and killed off the ensuing two-man disadvantage, Rob Scuderi's shot from the point hit Edmonton's Jason Strudwick and fell to Handzus. His blind backhand shot slipped underneath Dubnyk for his 20th goal on the Kings' 52nd shot, matching their season high.

Notes

  • Gilbert has three goals in nine games after scoring just two in his first 72.
  • Edmonton can match the 1993-94 club's 64 points with a win at Anaheim on Sunday, though the 1994 club didn't have the benefit of shootouts and points from overtime losses.
  • C Jeff Halpern returned to the Kings' lineup after missing three games because of an upper-body injury.
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Devan Dubnyk makes one last stop, denying Ryan Smyth in the shootout to get the win. (AP)
Devan Dubnyk makes one last stop, denying Ryan Smyth in the shootout to get the win. (AP)

Scoreboard
Edmonton  (27-46-8) «11101 (2)4
Los Angeles (45-27-9)00300 (1)3
Three Stars
D. Brown
LA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
D. Dubnyk
EDM


Saves: 52
Save Pct.: .945
M. Handzus
LA


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:37Mike Comrie (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: Gilbert, Whitney
2ND PERIOD
03:13Power Play - Mike Comrie (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Whitney, Gilbert
3RD PERIOD
05:24Short - Tom Gilbert (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Pisani, Potulny
06:39Power Play - Dustin Brown (23), Wrist Shot. Assist: Smyth, Kopitar
12:03Jarret Stoll (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Brown, Johnson
17:26Michal Handzus (20), Backhand Shot. Assist: Scuderi
OT
None
2OT
 Michal Handzus (5), GOAL
 Ryan Potulny (3), GOAL
 Shawn Horcoff (4), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:54Halpern, 2 min, High-Sticking
10:54Potulny, 2 min, Hooking
19:56Penner, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
02:21Modin, 2 min, Slashing
03:52Johnson, 2 min, Tripping
11:33Frolov, 2 min, Hooking
13:17Potulny, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
04:19Linglet, 2 min, Hooking
06:12Johnson, 2 min, Holding
14:00Stoll, 2 min, Holding
15:06Modin, 2 min, Elbowing
OT
None
2OT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Edmonton67215
Los Angeles14251554
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Devan Dubnyk 65:0052331
Jonathan Quick 64:3513322
Game Information
Attendance - 18118
Referees - Frederick L'Ecuyer, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Derek Nansen, Mark Shewchyk
 
Other Games
Pitt 0 Final
Atl 1
Tor 4 Final
OT
Mon 3
Pho 2 Final
SJ 3
StL 1 Final
Nash 2
Fla 3 Final
TB 4
NYI 1 Final
NJ 7
Car 2 Final
Bos 4
Buf 5 Final
Ott 2
Cal 3 Final
Van 7
Dal 4 Final
Min 3