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EDMONTON -- The Los Angeles Kings needed to shed some rust heading into the playoffs and the Edmonton Oilers proved to be a perfect solution. Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist and Martin Jones made just 17 saves to record his fourth shutout of the season as the Kings snapped a three-game losing skid with a 3-0 victory over the lowly Oilers on Thursday. "After coming off a bad start (Wednesday) night we talked about having to be ready to play from the start and we did," Gaborik said. "We got up 1-0 quickly and that for sure helped us. I thought we controlled the game all 60 minutes." Anze Kopitar also scored for the Kings (46-28-7), who had won just one of their previous five games. "We wanted to have a good start and obviously scoring in the first minute helps," Kopitar said of his goal just 27 seconds in. "After that, we were pressing pretty hard and had some pretty good offensive zone time and brought the game home pretty well with no stress in the end and thats what you want. "Right now we just want to sharpen our game for pretty much a week from now so were ready to go in the playoffs." Los Angeles has already clinched third in the Pacific Division and will play the second-place San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs. The Oilers (28-44-9) have lost two in a row and have now been shut out 10 times this season, seven of those coming on home ice. "Tonight was a really disappointing effort on all fronts except for goaltending," said Oilers forward Taylor Hall. "By no means is a good effort in our last game going to make up for the 82 games that we have played, but it would certainly be better than going out on a bad note. If we had to leave the season after a game like tonights, that would leave a bit of a sting." The loss dropped Edmonton back into 29th place in the NHL, a point back of the Florida Panthers, who defeated Toronto 4-2 on the night. "It is a bit of a wakeup call," said Oilers forward David Perron of the shutout loss. "Everyone was happy with the way we had been playing over the last few games and it is a reminder that there is a lot of work to be done and that we had all put a lot of work in over the summer to get ready individually." It didnt take the Kings long to start the scoring, going up 1-0 on the games first shot 27 seconds into the first period. Justin Williams threw a pass in front of the Oilers net and it hit the stick of an Oilers defender before ending up in front for Kopitar, who sent his 200th career NHL goal past Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth. "You cant give a Stanley Cup contender a lead that early," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. "Our top line was on the ice and it was a really easy assignment there and it was in our net. That cant happen." The Kings went up by a pair nine minutes into the first period. Willie Mitchell flubbed a shot from the point but it ended up right on the stick of Gaborik, who beat Fasth for his 10th goal of the season in his 40th game. Los Angeles almost padded its lead with three minutes left in the first, but a Jarret Stoll power-play shot clanged off the post. The Kings had 11 first-period shots, while Edmonton only managed four on Jones. Edmonton had its first real scoring chance of the game minutes into the second period when Perron circled the net and had Jones going the wrong way, but the Kings goalie recovered in time to make a huge diving save on Hall. Los Angeles got a gift goal with six minutes to play in the second period as Gaborik took a wrist shot just across the blue-line that Fasth only got a piece of before it caromed into the net. It appeared that Gaborik had his hat trick on a power play with six minutes to play in the third, however, the goal was called back due to goaltender interference by Williams. The Kings outshot Edmonton 48-17 in the game and 23-3 in the third period. Both teams close out the regular season on Saturday as the Oilers play host to the Vancouver Canucks in the final game for both clubs, while the Kings return home for their final pre-playoff tune-up against the Anaheim Ducks. Notes: It was the final of four meetings between the Oilers and Kings this season. Los Angeles won the first three games with a combined scored of 9-3 while out-shooting Edmonton 136-69. ... The Kings came into the game having won five straight over Edmonton and 11 of their last 14 meetings. The Kings were 11-0-2 in their last 11 games at Rexall Place in Edmonton. ... Kings forward Marian Gaborik now has at least a point in eight of his last nine games. ... The Kings sat out a pair of defencemen in Robyn Regehr (undisclosed) and Drew Doughty (upper body) for the game. Both are listed as day-to-day. ... Edmonton has a number of players who are done for the season in defenceman Andrew Ference (pectoral tear) and forwards Boyd Gordon (shoulder), Nail Yakupov (broken ankle), Jesse Joensuu (high ankle sprain), Ryan Jones (torn PCL) and Luke Gazdic (shoulder). ... Oiler forward Sam Gagner left the game favouring his ankle after an awkward collision into the boards midway through the second period and did not return. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. . You can watch the game live on TSN and TSN GO at 3pm et/Noon pt. The Thunder reclaimed the home-court advantage LA took with a Game 1 win on Friday night with a 118-112 road win in Game 3. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. . - The Jacksonville Jaguars are leaning more toward playing injured quarterback Blake Bortles against Tennessee on Thursday night. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link.. Brassard and Coyotes defenceman Derek Morris were battling for position in the crease when a nudge from Morris sent Brassard on top of Smith late in the third period. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. . The actual winners on transfer deadline day are those clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City who were well prepared and managed to get their main incoming business done well ahead of the transfer window closing. Tottenham were able to add seven players by spending over 100 million pounds and also ensured maximum return for the Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid by managing the move superbly. Trebuie să fii logat sau înregistrat pentru a vedea acest link. . - All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked spry enough in pregame warmups Sunday for Green Bays divisional playoff game against Dallas.DETROIT - A judge reinstated a sexual assault case against pitcher Evan Reed on Friday, overturning a decision by another judge who found inconsistencies in the alleged victims story.Reed is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was playing for the Detroit Tigers last spring when a woman says she was drugged at a bar before Reed took her to a Detroit casino hotel on the eve of Opening Day.Wayne County Circuit Judge Michael Callahan reinstated the case after hearing an appeal from prosecutors.It means Reed, 28, will go to trial unless a higher court intervenes. The case was dismissed in 36th District Court, the first stop for all felonies, in August after Judge Kenneth King heard evidence.Callahan said his job was to decide whether King abused hiss discretion in dismissing the case, not whether Reed was guilty or innocent.dddddddddddd.Assistant prosecutor Ana Quiroz went over the evidence for Callahan, saying hotel surveillance video shows the woman was so incapacitated that she was barely conscious.Defence attorney Ben Gonek said the womans version of events didnt add up. She claimed to be ill the next morning, he said, yet walked down six flights of stairs in high heels and passed a police car without seeking help.Reed, who wasnt in court, insists he had consensual sex with the 45-year-old woman. He is a free agent after playing for the Tigers and Triple-A Toledo last season.We fully co-operated with the investigation. He was interrogated for several hours, Gonek said outside of court. 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