Apr 10, 2014; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward defensemen Philip Larsen (36) looks for a loose puck in front of Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones (31) during the first period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Kings Shut Out Edmonton In Preparation For The Playoffs

The Los Angeles Kings (46-28-7, 99 pts) started to get into playoff form as they beat the Edmonton Oilers (29-44-9, 65 pts) in their last road game of the year, 3-0. Los Angeles had lost three games in a row before this, but fear not Kings fans, they can afford to. The loses had no affect on standings or playoff placement (LA faces the San Jose Sharks in the 1st round) and you get to rest your stars. Still, you do not exactly want to go into the playoffs on a losing streak.

If the Kings were to get in playoff form, tonight would be the night.

The Kings wasted no time in doing that as they got on the board really early, 27 seconds to be exact. Justin Williams caught a Marion Gaborik pass near the corner and threw it in to an on-rushing Anze Kopitar who timed it perfectly to flick it into the net past Oiler’s goaltender Viktor Fasth.

Kopitar was on fire in the first period. His stick-handling was superb, his timing was on and he pressured the Oilers every time he had the puck. This type of play lead to the second goal of the game.

On a rush into the Kings offensive zone, Kopitar lead the attack from the left side. He then found an open Willie Mitchell by the blue line who sent a pass into Gaborik who was able to get a quick one by Fasth.

So it looks like the Gaborik-Kopitar-Williams line is ready for the playoffs, which is really good news.

The second period showed how bad Edmonton is. Time and again, LA was able to get into the attacking zone. Fourteen minutes in, Gaborik strolled from the defending blue line into his own offensive zone, untouched. There was no one around him. Absolutely no one.  At all.

So what did he do? He fired it from just inside the blue line, through the legs of Oiler’s Justin Schultz, to get his second goal of the night past Fasth.

Edmonton was just horrible.

Kings broadcaster Bob Miller said it best. “The Oilers just have not gelled.”

The third period was lesser of an effort and the game ended 3-0. Kind of boring and just waiting for it to end. And why would that be?

Beside goalie Martin Jones shutting out Edmonton, the Kings swept the season series against the Oilers. LA also had back-to-back games without penalties, which is a first for the club. To top it off, it was a good win to get the playoff juices flowing.

The Kings end the regular season at home on Saturday against a potential second round opponent in the Anaheim Ducks.

Mike W.R.

Twitter: @TheBigDisco

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