LA got on the board on the game’s first shift. Anze Kopitar led the rush, dishing to Gaborik whose cross-corner dump in was retrieved by Justin Williams, who centered a pass that Kopitar re-directed past Viktor Fasth. The Kings doubled the lead before the midway point of the period on a fortunate misplay. Kopitar dropped the puck to Willie Mitchell at the point, and his attempted blast from the middle of the ice was heeled and the puck trickled right to Gaborik who wristed a shot past Fasth.
Gaborik’s second of the game wasn’t Fasth’s best moment, and was a goal he would like to have back. Gaborik attacked the Oilers blue line with speed, backing Justin Schultz off the blue line. Gaborik’s easy wrist shot through the legs of Schultz simply beat Fasth as it dipped on him at the last minute. Just before the 14 minute mark of the second it was 3-0 and the Oilers had no chance for a comeback against the defensively sound Kings squad.
The Oilers managed just 3 shots in the third period as Jones’ shutout helped pretty much secure a Jennings trophy for teammate Jonathan Quick as the goalie with the fewest goals allowed. Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens also had a hand in that earlier this season as Quick’s backup, but neither Jones nor Scrivens played 25 games which is the requirement to share the award.
The Oilers wrap up another disappointing season on Saturday night when they host the equally disappointing Vancouver Canucks. A loss will clinch a top 3 pick for the Oilers and also give them a pretty good chance at getting the first pick overall, which would be nice but little consolation for a season gone wrong.