The last time the LA Kings and the Edmonton Oilers came face to face, Nail Yakopov’s rather zealous celebration had everyone in the hockey world talking. Once again the rookie sent the hockey world reeling, wondering how exactly the LA Kings would react come game time and what their revenge would entail. As the saying goes, the best revenge is success.
After a quiet first period, the Kings took a one nothing lead early on in the second with a goal by former Oiler Colin Wilson. The Edmonton Oilers tied it back up with a wrist shot from Sam Gagner after a series of penalties later in the period. Goals late in the third by Jeff Carter and another former Oiler Jarret Stoll solidified the King’s 3-1 win.
Taylor Hall – who’s tallied a point in 12 of the Oilers 15 games this season – put up nearly 22 minutes of ice time against the Kings, scoring an assist on the Oilers lone goal, and as the Kings put it “fumbled” a breakaway in what was undoubtedly the Oilers best missed chance of the night.
The Oilers had their own version of the event, but a positive spin doesn’t change the outcome. The Edmonton Oilers hit the road look for redemption when they take on Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild at 6:30pm PST Thursday.