Greene's enjoying his time in L.A.

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Considering he had only scored three goals in his entire career, Matt Greene seemed an unlikely candidate to net last night's winner.

But when the puck came to him on the blue line with just under five minutes to go in the contest, the former Edmonton Oilers defenceman stung his old team with a laser to the top corner past goaltender Jeff Deslauriers.

The goal stood as the winner in the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 victory.

"I just shot it, just tried to shoot it hard," said Greene. "I just got lucky. I wasn't aiming top shelf, I was just shooting it. I don't think I can raise it that much, it must have went up on it's edge."

The goal was Green's fourth in 258 career games. It was his first in 32 games dating back to March.

"It felt good to get the goal. It doesn't really matter if it's in Edmonton or not," he said. "A win is a win on the road and you'll take them wherever you can get.

"They're few and far in between for me, it's not like I'm really trying to bare down and just get them in the rinks that I want to get them in."

Greene happened to be the latest ex-Oiler to sting his former team. Last season Raffi Torres and Marty Reasoner scored game winners on the Oilers.

With only 32 career points Greene is the epitome of a stay-at-home defenceman. A punishing hitter, he makes forwards earn every inch of their ice.

It was a highly valued trait in Edmonton. However, when defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky became available, Greene was one of the players that needed to be sacrificed. Jarret Stoll was the other.

Greene spent three seasons with the Oilers and was part of the team that made it to the Stanley Cup final in 2006. He's now an assistant captain for the Kings.

"This was huge win for us," Greene said. "Especially against a team like this. They grind you down, they wear you down and it was good for us to be able to pull out the victory."


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