Kings get last laugh

Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff (top) lands on Kings forward Jarret Stoll during third period action...

Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff (top) lands on Kings forward Jarret Stoll during third period action at Rexall Place on Wednesday. (Sun Media/Jason Franson)

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

It didn't take long for Jarret Stoll to be reminded he was now a member of the opposition.

Edmonton Oilers captain Ethan Moreau welcomed his former teammate back to Rexall Place last night with a crosscheck in the chops.

Stoll got the last laugh however as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Oilers 2-1.

"I was nervous at first, it's a lot different view that's for sure," Stoll said. "I got right into the game after Ethan gave me a little chin music there. It woke me up and got me into it.

"But it was a big win for our club, especially after (Tuesday) night. We definitely answered the bell, came out with a good defensive effort and shut them down."

FIRST GAME BACK

Stoll and Matt Greene were playing their first game against the Oilers since being traded for defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky in the off-season.

Stoll finished minus-one on the night, with three shots, winning 56% of his face offs. Greene played just under 20 minutes and took a pair of penalties in the contest.

The night before the Kings had lost 6-2 to the Calgary Flames.

"I didn't know what to expect going into the game," Greene said. "It was a little different experience. I thought I wasn't thinking about it much until we pulled into town.

After that it was the only thing on my mind. It's good to get it out of the way, get it over with and hopefully it won't feel that way the three more times we play them this year."

A year ago Stoll was considered the face of the Oilers franchise.

Young, talented, able to play in all situations, the Melville, Sask., native was being touted as possibly the future captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

But his stock dropped following an off year, and in order to acquire a big-name, high-end defenceman in Visnovsky, the Oilers had to let he and Greene go.

"It's not so much that we discarded them," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish prior to last night's game. "We had an opportunity to add a guy that is an elite defenceman. It's not a matter of disrespecting Jarret or disrespecting Matt Greene -- they were key members of our team for a number of years.

"It was just a case where we thought there was an opportunity for us to improve our team by adding Lubomir and that's what we did."

Stoll has six goals and four assists in 21 games for the Kings this season. He finished with 14 goals and 22 assist in 81 games last year with the Oilers.

Stoll spent six years in the Oilers organization, playing a season with the Hamilton Bulldogs and another with the Edmonton Roadrunners during the lockout.

In 2006, he was a valuable member of the Oilers team that made it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, scoring four goals and adding six assists in the playoffs.

The following season, Stoll was on his way to a career year before he was derailed by a concussion.

REGAIN

Stoll was never able to regain his form, failing to match his point totals of the previous season, despite playing an extra 30 games.

Greene has three assists with the Kings so far this season and his physical brand of play has fit in well with the Kings.

He too was a member of the Oilers squad that lost in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final in 2006.

"They're all professional over there and so are we," Greene said. "That's just the way it's going to go, you're eventually going to play against guys that you played with at one point."

Last night Moreau left Stoll with a souvenir of his first game back in Edmonton taking a double-minor for high sticking three minutes into the first period as Stoll attempted to finish a check. The Kings center required a few stitches to sew up the cut on his chin and was able to play the rest of the game.

"I didn't expect it," smiled Stoll. "I was just trying to finish my check. I probably should have known better with it being Chopper (Moreau). But it's all in good fun."


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