LOS ANGELES — It wasn’t the type of help Devan Dubnyk was looking for.
Already with his hands full dealing with the Los Angeles Kings, the Edmonton Oilers goaltender was victim of a pair of unfortunate tips by his own defenceman en route to a 5-2 loss on Saturday.
Kurtis Foster and Theo Peckham both appeared to re-direct shots in front of Dubnyk, allowing the Kings to snap a six-game home losing skid and adding to the Oilers misery. They’ll round out their five-game road trip on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks.
The Oilers opened the scoring when Dustin Penner scored a highlight reel marker lifting a backhand over the shoulder of Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier from tight angle.
Marco Sturm tied the affair later in the period, the beneficiary of a pair of fortunate bounces of Foster’s stick.
First the Kings forward had the puck drop right into his path after Foster tipped it trying to break up a centring pass. The Oilers defenceman then appeared to get a piece of it again after Sturm whacked at it, tipping it past goaltender Dubnyk.
Anze Kopitar gave the Kings the lead, left unattended at the side of the net allowing him to tap in a pass from Justin Williams.
Before the end of the period, Andrew Cogliano tied the game, getting a rebound in front and burying his sixth of the year and second in two games.
The Kings took the lead in the third period as Dustin Brown, coming out of the penalty box set up Jarret Stoll on a two-on-one rush.
Brown had taken a tripping penalty taking out Dubnyk behind the Oilers net.
On the ensuing power play, Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert headed towards the net, looking to deposit a rebound past Bernier. However Marco Sturm was able to tip the puck away from Gilbert as he was taking a whack at it, then spotted Brown coming out of the penalty-box sending the Kings the other way.
The Oilers power play continues to struggle, going 0-for-5 on the night. They’ve now gone 32 opportunities with out scoring a power-play goal. They haven’t scored a power-play goal since the last time they played in Los Angeles on Dec. 23.
Earlier in the period, tempers flared when Drew Doughty hammered Taylor Hall along the boards with a clean hit.
Penner took exception to the hit, grabbing the Kings defenceman, which resulted in a 10-player pileup that Wayne Simmonds emerged from injured forcing him to leave the game with a lower body injury.
In the third, Doughty extended the Kings lead, intercepting a Tom Gilbert pass at centre, going in on a rush and having his shot appear to deflect off Peckham’s stick and over Dubnyk’s shoulder.
Stoll then added an empty-netter to seal the victory, the first not requiring a shootout in seven games between the teams in Los Angeles.