EDMONTON — David Perron scored the shootout winner as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a nine-game losing streak, their second-longest losing skid of the season, with a 3-2 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in regulation for the Oilers (8-22-7), who won for just the second time in their last 22 games.
It was also just the second win of the season for the Oilers against a Western Conference opponent, upping their record to 2-18-6 in that category.
Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin responded for the Kings (18-12-8), who lost their second game in as many nights and fifth straight on the road.
Edmonton kicked off the scoring four-and-a-half minutes into the opening period as Derek Roy made an impact in his first game with the Oilers since coming over in a trade from Nashville, making a heads-up feed to Hendricks, who blasted a shot from the slot glove-side past Kings starting goalie Jonathan Quick.
Roy left the game soon afterwards when his ankle was cut by a skate and he missed the remainder of the first period before returning to start the second.
Edmonton made it 2-0 just prior to the midway point of the second period after some strong forechecking in the Kings zone. Nugent-Hopkins made a kick pass to Taylor Hall and followed up on the play to get the puck back and score his 11th of the season.
Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens upheld the two-goal lead with three minutes left in the second on a huge glove save on a point blast from Alec Martinez.
The Kings outshot the Oilers 22-16 through 40 minutes.
Los Angeles broke Scrivens’ shutout bid midway through the third, although it took a while to determine.
Doughty’s rocket from the point was originally thought to have hit the cross bar and the game continued on for another 34 seconds before a stoppage in play allowed a video review, which determined the puck had gone off the camera inside the net.
The Kings tied the game with Oiler Justin Schultz in the box for a high-sticking call as Marian Gaborik swung behind the net during a scramble and fed the puck in front to Muzzin, who scored on the short side with just 2:25 remaining in the third to send the game into extra time.
L.A. outshot Edmonton 15-1 in the third period.
Both teams had glorious opportunities during a frantic overtime, but the game still went to the shootout.
The Oilers return to action on Wednesday in Calgary against the rival Flames. The Kings finish off a three-game Western Canada trip in Vancouver on Thursday.