Roloson's shutout helps Oilers climb playoff ladder in West

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Dwayne Roloson's timing was perfect for
the Edmonton Oilers.

Roloson made 20 saves for his first shutout with Edmonton, a 4-0
victory over the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 on Thursday night that moved
the Oilers into a tie three-way tie for sixth place in the Western

"It's important for any goalie coming to a new team to get his
first shutout," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "It couldn't
have come at a better time."

Roloson, making his 12th straight start since a trade-deadline
deal with Minnesota, has two shutouts this season and 18 in his NHL

"I seemed to be square all night long and pucks were hitting
me," Roloson said . "We have to keep that killer instinct

Sergei Samsonov, Jaroslav Spacek and Ales Hemsky each had a goal
and assist, and Raffi Torres also scored.

"We have made it easier on ourselves," said Samsonov, another
deadline pickup who has three goals in his last four games.
"Rollie shut the door for us."

The 10th-place Kings lost for third time in four nights to drop
five points behind the Oilers, Anaheim and Vancouver.

"It's a lack of desperation and a lack of effort," said Jeremy
Roenick after his second game back with the Kings after sustaining
a chip fracture in his right ankle.

Torres opened the scoring at 1:43 of the first period with his
27th goal of the season, and Samsonov made it 2-0 on a power play
with 2:59 left in the period.

Spacek scored a power-play goal in the second period, and
Hemsky, with his first goal in 14 games, completed the scoring in
the period.

Game notes
Oilers rookie center Marc-Antoine Pouliot made his NHL
debut. ... Roloson earned his first assist of the season on
Samsonov's goal ... Fernando Pisani was the only Edmonton skater to
finish without a shot. ... Kings interim coach John Torchetti is
1-3 since taking over for the fired Andy Murray.