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Kings Fight Through Shootout for Win Over Oilers

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All of the signs were pointing to a Kings win. The flashing red goal light behind the Oilers net malfunctioning, flashing constantly during a stretch in the second period. The net caving in over the Oilers net-minder Devan Dubnyk surrounding him like a cocoon in the third period. Oilers Center Colin Fraser almost falling through the door to the Kings bench late in the third period. Kings head coach Terry Murray looking to be the fastest coach to reach a 100 wins with the Kings in his 197th game.

In a metaphoric poetical sense, the Kings should have broken their five-game home losing streak all in shootouts to the Oilers dating back to Dec. 3, 2007 - never mind the Oilers have been among the worst teams in the NHL. Hell, Bill Plaschke would fall all over himself with stuff like this. You know, if he went to more than one hockey game a year.

But for some reason the Kings, the team that is expected to go deep in the playoffs, never had the lead against a young Edmonton Oilers team.

“Young youthful enthusiasm is the name of the Oilers game,” Justin Williams said. “They’ll come hard and make plays. They’re not afraid to make plays.”