Kings Burned by Oilers in Shootout
Despite getting a season high 55 shots on goal, the Kings’ struggles in matinee games continued as they lost their final regular season home game in a shootout to the lowly Edmonton Oilers 4-3. This was the fourth consecutive shootout game for the Kings in which they eked only one victory.
The Kings tried to be aggressive during the first and second periods, but with whiffed shots and missed passes they were never in position to get more than one scoring chance per cycle.
“We didn’t have the traffic, there was a loose puck on almost every shot that came to the net, and we were in position to put second and third opportunities back to the net,” head coach Terry Murray said after coaching his 900th career game. “That really is the story of the game.”
The Kings had a golden opportunity to get the first score in the game when former Ducks Ryan Whitney held Fredrik Modin on a breakaway 7:34 in the first period. Modin trying to make the Kings’ second penalty shot of the season would shoot it into the gut of Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk.
Dubnyk saved 52 shots in the game although Murray isn’t quite ready to give him the Vezina Trophy.
“He stopped just about everything,” Murray said. “But I felt he saw a lot of pucks coming from the blue line.
“Anybody who’s playing goal in the NHL sees the puck from the blue line is going to stop pretty much every one of them. That was the most frustrating part.”