Kings 3, Oilers 0

Dennis Bernstein, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

LOS ANGELES -- Goaltender Martin Jones set a franchise record as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Tuesday.
Los Angeles (23-8-4) bounced back from a loss in Chicago on Sunday that snapped a season-best six game winning streak.
The Oilers (11-22-3) remained winless on a four game road trip but got a solid effort from goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who stopped 35 of 37 shots.
Jones' victory marked the first time in Los Angeles history that a rookie goaltender won his first six games, eclipsing the franchise mark of five held by Jason LaBarbera and Daniel Berthiaume. Jones stopped 24 shots for his third shutout in just six games this season.
Los Angeles took the lead at 16:38 of the opening period when defenseman Drew Doughty took possession of the puck just inside the Edmonton blue line. Doughty drove down the slot and threw a backhand pass to left winger Dwight King, who wristed it home for his ninth goal of the season -- a career high. Forward Jeff Carter earned the second assist.
Edmonton winger Nail Yakupov had the Oilers' best chance of the second period off a turnover by Los Angeles defenseman Robyn Regher, but his backhand shot was turned away by Jones.
The teams traded breakaway chances in the first half of the final period. Oilers winger Taylor Hall was sprung three minutes into the third, but his backhand shot rolled wide of the Los Angeles net. Shortly thereafter, Carter came in alone on Bryzgalov, but his backhand attempt was stopped to keep the one-goal margin in place.
Hall was dangerous again for the Oilers with six minutes remaining in regulation but his wrist attempt from the slot glanced off Jones' shoulder.
Minutes later, Nolan gathered in a pass lobbed into the Edmonton zone by defenseman Matt Greene and beat Bryzgalov low to the right side for an insurance marker at 15:22.
The Oilers had a chance to get within one with less than three minutes left in regulation but could not capitalize on an interference call on Los Angeles winger Dustin Brown. Brown came out of the penalty box to add an empty-net goal for his 400th career NHL point.
NOTES: Edmonton did not dress LW Jesse Joensuu, D Corey Potter and C Anton Lander. ... Trade rumors continue to circulate around the Oilers, with RW Ales Hemsky and LW Linus Omark (currently with the team's AHL Oklahoma City affiliate) garnering the most discussion. ... Edmonton finishes a four-game road trip against the Avalanche in Denver on Thursday. ... Los Angeles scratched LW Kyle Clifford, LW Daniel Carcillo and D Willie Mitchell. Mitchell suffered an upper-body injury in Ottawa on Dec. 14 and missed his second straight game. ... The Kings will play at home until the Christmas break, with upcoming games against San Jose, Colorado and Dallas through Monday. They don't face an Eastern Conference opponent until Jan. 9 against Boston.

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