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LOS ANGELES -- Anze Kopitar scored the game-winning shootout goal as the Los Angeles Kings edged the Edmonton Oilers in a shootout 2-1 Sunday night at Staples Center. Oilers goalie Richard Bachman recorded a career-high 47 saves but lost the shootout battle with Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick as he yielded goals to centers Mike Richards and Kopitar.

The Oilers (3-8-2) took a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty with 1:58 left in overtime but Los Angeles could only manage one shot on goal before right wing Jeff Carter took an interference penalty that forced the game to a shootout. The Kings (7-4-0) held Edmonton shot-less in the extra session and only yielded 18 for the game.

Edmonton struck first after a scoreless first period when right wing Nail Yakupov banged home a rebound off defenseman Anton Belov's shot on the power play at 4:12 of the second period. Yakpov's wrist shot from 20 feet cleanly beat Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick for his first goal of the season.

The Kings tied the game when center Mike Richards beat Dallas goalie Richard Bachman from a sharp angle at 16:58. Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin fired a shot from the left point and Richards gathered in the rebound and patiently beat Bachman over his right shoulder.

After surrendering two power-play goals in their Saturday loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, the Oilers tightened their penalty kill to keep the game even after two periods. Their 29th-ranked penalty kill held the Kings off the board four times while a man short through 40 minutes to give them a chance to break a two-game losing streak.

The Kings started the third period strong, recording the final session's first nine shots but Bachman kept them at bay even with a fatigued Oilers team defending in front of him. The Kings continued to dominate the final 30 minutes, outshooting the Oilers 23 to 6 but couldn't dent Bachman for the game winner in regulation.

The Kings (8-4-0) thought they had taken the lead with 6:08 remaining when Mike Richards beat Bachman on a rebound but referee Mike Leggo ruled Matt Frattin's interference negated the goal.

NOTES: Oilers G Richard Bachman was recalled on Sunday from Edmonton's AHL Oklahoma City affiliate due to an ankle injury to No. 1 goalie Devan Dubnyk. Bachman started his first NHL game since April 27, 2013 when he suffered a 5-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings as a member of the Dallas Stars. ... Oilers RW Nail Yakupov, the first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, scored his first goal of the season after failing to hit the score sheet in his first 10 games. ... The Oilers will be back in Alberta this week to face Toronto Tuesday and Detroit on Saturday at Rexall Place. ... Los Angeles will travel to Phoenix on Tuesday then return for a four-game homestand from Oct. 30 through Nov. 9. ... Kings RW Justin Williams has played in 141 consecutive contests, the longest active streak for any Kings player. ... Kings C Mike Richards scored in consecutive games after failing to net a goal in Los Angeles' first 10 games.
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