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Deslauriers dazzles in net

The Kings' Wayne Simmons (17) and Oilers' Ladislav Smid collide along the boards Thursday night....

The Kings' Wayne Simmons (17) and Oilers' Ladislav Smid collide along the boards Thursday night. (QMI Agency/Ric Tapia)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- They followed up one good effort with another.

This time, however, the Edmonton Oilers were rewarded with a 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings, snapping an 11-game losing skid.

Lubomir Visnovsky scored the shootout winner in the 10th round of shooters, firing a shot over the shoulder of Kings goaltender Erik Ersberg.

Shawn Horcoff, Dustin Penner and Gilbert Brule also scored in the shootout, each time fending off defeat.

"We played hard both nights. We probably deserved a little better (Wednesday), but we were able to hold on tonight and get the win tonight," said Oilers centre Shawn Horcoff.

"I think most of the game our effort and our will has been there, we've just been short in other areas. There's no quit in the guys, we know we have a lot of games left and we want to win as many games as we can."

The Oilers hadn't won a game on the road since Dec. 11.

Jeff Deslauriers, making his eighth-consecutive start, had another strong outing. The Oilers goaltender turned away seven shots in the first and 14 in the second on his way to a 41-save performance.

Denis Grebeshkov, who would normally prefer to pass, came out with a shoot-first attitude Thursday night.

The Oilers defenceman directed six shot towards the net, four that missed the target, one that went off the post, one that was deflected in and another that was smothered by goaltender Erik Ersberg.

After a scoreless first, the Kings dominated the second period territorially, out-shooting the Oilers 13-6 in the frame.

However, it was the Oilers who took the lead as Grebeshkov scored his sixth goal of the season.

In the third, Dustin Penner increased the Oilers lead on the power play, taking a pass from Robert Nilsson along the boards, walking into the left circle and snapping a shot past the Kings goaltender.

The goal was Penner's team-leading 24th of the season and second in three games.

Dustin Brown cut into the lead midway through the third period, getting to a rebound in front and lifting it up into the rook of the net.

Smyth then tied it, getting a puck that snuck out from under Deslauriers pad first and sliding it into the open net.

After that, the Kings poured on the pressure looking for the winner. The Kings out-shot the Oilers 17-8 in the final period, but could not pot the winner in regulation.

"It was great to finally get a win, we needed that one, especially to end the trip," said Gilbert Brule.

"We're working hard, especially for each other we've had a couple of breakdowns here or there, but overall I think we played pretty well."

In overtime, the Oilers were forced to kill a penalty when Steve Staios took an undisciplined tripping penalty on Brown sticking the Kings forward in the back of the knee in front of the net as the puck was heading the other way.

Despite some anxious moments, the Kings were not able to capitalize on the man advantage. Then prior to the shootout, Patrick O'Sullivan was robbed by Ersberg while going in all alone.

Anze Kopitar opened the scoring in the shootout, but Horcoff pushed it to extra shooters.

In the 10th round, Deslauriers stopped Alexander Frolov, prior to Visnovsky converting against his former team.

The win gave the Oilers a 1-4 record on their five-game road trip. On Sunday they'll host the Anaheim Ducks at Rexall Place in their final game before the Olympic break.


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