Royal romp for Oilers

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

It won't count in the shootout stats, but this one was straight out of the OK Corral.

Hey, if the Colorado Avalanche can turn the clock back to 2001 by getting Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote, the Oilers figured why not turn it back to 1986, when they used to win run-and-gun games for fun.

It wasn't the kind of game modern day coaches like to draw up on the whiteboard, but it was throwback hockey at its finest. And it was fun to watch.

"It was like '80s night tonight," said head coach Craig MacTavish, after Edmonton outlasted the Los Angeles Kings 5-4.

"Chances at both ends, especially in the second period, it was whirlwind hockey. It's fine if you come out on the right end of it."

In a battle between the 14th and 15th place teams in the Western Conference, the Oilers and Kings combined for a mitt full of highlight reel goals.

It was pretty much a case of last goal wins. Or maybe last save wins, the way the goalies were being lit up.

"It seemed really wide open," said Fernando Pisani. "I was surprised and not surprised. They're a free-wheeling team. They have some forwards out there who can skate and move the puck. It was an exciting game to play in."

The win was Edmonton's third straight and fifth in a row at Rexall Place. The Oilers are 10-3 in their last 13 games here. What's more, they evened their record at .500 for the season (30-30-5).

"There were a lot of goals, but I don't think we were worried about too much other than getting a win," said Andrew Cogliano, who got it started early, scoring 47 seconds after the opening faceoff. "It was a lot of fun."

The Kings made up for Edmonton's early goal by getting a late one of their own from Anze Kopitar at 19:53, setting the stage for a six-goal second period.

After Patrick O'Sullivan put the Kings ahead 2-1, Ales Hemsky and Robert Nilsson scored at 8:03 and 9:02.

Unfortunately for Edmonton, the lead disappeared faster than Dion Phaneuf's truck. Fifty-seven seconds after Nilsson made it 3-2, Dustin Brown buried a rebound to tie it up again.

But two more quick strikes (Hemsky at 16:52 and Pisani at 18:00) put the Oilers back in front.

"There were a lot of good chances, a lot of nice goals," said Pisani. "I'm sure it was as fun to watch as it was to play."

Brown scored shorthanded, banking a perfect snapshot off the far post to make it 4-3, but Edmonton hung on late, with Steve Staios and Matt Greene turning in key blocked shots.

Netminder Mathieu Garon wasn't at his sharpest (four goals on 26 shots) in his career-high 11th straight start, but he didn't have to be.

"It was off-the-post-and-in on a couple (of L.A.'s goals)," said MacTavish. "I just thought it was one of those nights for him. He wasn't particularly bad; they were hitting the right spots."

His teammates were happy to bail him out for a change.

"He's always making 30-plus saves for us," said Cogliano. "Tonight we had to put some goals in the net and we did."


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