LOS ANGELES—A hard fought game from start to finish, ended Sunday night in victorious fashion. Mike Richards’ second period goal pushed both teams to a shootout where he and Anze Kopitar won a 2-1 shootout over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, October 27. Los Angeles moved into a two-game winning streak improving to 4-2-0 at Staples Center.
The Kings ran the first period with 10 shots to the net, but with the battle of who would break first with Richard Bachman in net for the Oilers, and Jonathan Quick for the Kings it came down to blocked shots in the zone to determine who recorded the opening goal.
A fight between Edmonton’s Ryan Jones and Los Angeles’ Kyle Clifford broke out that sent both to the penalty box for fighting majors. It transitioned between Jordan Nolan and Luke Gazdic who also traded blows and assed majors. The answer came four minutes into the second with 2013 1st round draft pick, Nail Yakupov scoring his first of the season on their third power play, a rebound off the leg pad of Quick to draw the lead open for Edmonton.
Richards tied the game with three minutes left on a lifted wrist shot that went through traffic to find the back of the net, notching his second on the year. The Kings spent the majority of the time with the puck attempting to increase the lead, but the Oilers began their quest for a larger lead in goals in the third period. They shot 23 times on Bachman, but with the young group of players playing for Edmonton, their defense kept up with the barrage of shots in the crease and through traffic.
Los Angeles shot 45 times to Edmonton’s 18, but after five extra minutes, the Kings put their best shooters to outsmart Bachman’s short experience in shootouts.
Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle added the only success his team would hand on the night as Richards tied it through the first round with Kopitar clinching the win for the Kings. Quick picked up his seventh win making a low 17 saves on the night, giving his team more time on the offensive side of the game. The same couldn’t be said for Bachman despite stopping 47 of 48 on net in just his first start for a new team.