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Edmonton Oilers held off by the Los Angeles Kings

Edmonton forward Nail Yakupov (64) is stopped by L.A. goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) during an NHL...

Edmonton forward Nail Yakupov (64) is stopped by L.A. goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) during an NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

EDMONTON - What happens when bad habits meet with good opponents?

The game gets jammed down your throat.

Ask the Edmonton Oilers, after they get finished hacking Sunday night out of their gullets.

The Oilers collapsed under the weight of both Sunday when they tried to get away with the same stuff against the Los Angeles Kings that had somehow been working for them before.

After putting together a 7-2-2 run, despite a mountain of evidence that suggested they weren’t really playing that well (like being out-shot in 10 of the 11 games, going 3-for-30 on the power play and waiting till the third periods to play with any urgency), the Oilers house of cards came crashing down in spectacular fashion.

The visiting Kings thoroughly dominated Edmonton in a 4-2 victory that could have, maybe should have, been 10-2 were it not for the work of Ben Scrivens, who faced 50 shots in the onslaught.

You’d think that after all that Scrivens has done for the Oilers they might have provided a little more support in his first game against his old team. Instead, the Oilers were out-shot 12-5 in the first period and were trailing 23-9 on the shot clock when the Kings made it 4-1.


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