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Oilers Dethrone Kings 1-0

Curtis Joseph earned his 200th NHL victory by stopping 30 shots as the Edmonton Oilers beat Los Angeles 1-0 Monday night to end the Kings' seven-game unbeaten streak.

Dean McAmmond scored the only goal of the game on a second-period power play and Joseph made it stand up with his fourth shutout of the season.

The Kings were 6-0-1 before Monday night's loss.

The Oilers have won three of four games against the Kings this season. It was the first home-ice victory for either team in the series.

Los Angeles had the best scoring chance during the first period when Jozef Stumpel missed a shot in front, sliding the puck off the post.

The Oilers took the lead at 4:16 when McAmmond notched his 11th goal. McAmmond took a cross-ice pass from Roman Hamrlik, skated into the Los Angeles zone and snapped a shot from the slot past the glove of goaltender Stephane Fiset.

McAmmond, who is filling in for injured Ryan Smyth on Edmonton's top line with Doug Weight and Bill Guerin, has become the Oilers' hottest player with six power-play goals in the last eight games. He has 13 points over the last 11.

Edmonton's defense was put to the test for the remainder of the second as the Kings pressed for the tying goal. Joseph picked off a shot by Mattias Norstrom from in close.

The Oilers did a good job killing a five-minute major to Guerin after the Edmonton forward slugged Ian Laperriere to the ice.

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