ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Edmonton Oilers ruined a special night for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Radek Dvorak's power-play goal with 11:40 to play broke the final tie and lifted Edmonton to a 4-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks in their home opener on Monday night.
Dvorak put a rebound of a shot by Chris Pronger past goalie J.S. Giguere to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead. Raffi Torres added an empty net goal, his second of the game and fourth of the season, to help the Oilers (3-0-0) remain unbeaten.
``I think everything is working well right now,'' Torres said. ``Our penalty killing is keeping in us in the games. We're just a team right now.''
While Edmonton was scoring three of its goals on the power play and ruining the home opener for the revamped Ducks franchise. Anaheim was 0-for-7 on the power play, including four opportunities in the third period.
``We need to do a better job of killing penalties and we when we get on the power play, we need to score some goals,'' said Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer who was signed as a free agent in August. The addition of the Norris Trophy-winning defenseman is one of several major changes the franchise has undergone in the past five months.
Henry and Susan Samueli purchased the team from the Walt Disney Company in June. They dropped a ceremonial first puck Monday and then watched as the team initially showcased the ``up-tempo'' style new general manager Brian Burke has promised and that new coach Randy Carlyle had delivered in the team's first two games.
Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry scored in the first period as the Ducks outshot Edmonton 11-4 and took a 2-0 lead. Perry's goal was his first in the NHL.
Edmonton started its rally with a deflected goal by Torres early in the second period. Marty Reasoner tied the game, on another power play, at 13:22 of the second.
``We had a couple bad breaks on the first couple of goals, and we were pretty good after that,'' Edmonton coach Craig McTavish said. ``We came out in the second period and really took the game away from them.''
Pronger assisted on Reasoner's goal, his first point with the Oilers after being acquired in a trade with St. Louis in August.
Edmonton goalie Jussi Markkanen made 31 saves.
The Oilers were playing their first game since losing veteran forward Ryan Smyth with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Smyth, who led the Oilers in scoring during the 2003-04 season, was injured in Saturday's game at Vancouver. He is out indefinitely.
Notes: Anaheim assigned F Dustin Penner to Portland of the AHL on Monday. ... Mighty Ducks D Jason Marshall made a return appearance at the Pond after being signed as free agent this summer. Marshall skated for Anaheim from 1995-2001. He picked up an assist on Perry's goal ... Singer Eddie Money sang the national anthem, and performed between the first and second periods.
|Teemu Selanne (2) ASST: Andy McDonald (3)|
1 - 0 ANA
|Corey Perry (1) ASST: Jason Marshall (1), Rob Niedermayer (1)|
2 - 0 ANA
|PPG - Raffi Torres (3) ASST: Jarret Stoll (2), Ales Hemsky (3)|
2 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Marty Reasoner (1) ASST: Chris Pronger (1), Shawn Horcoff (2)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Radek Dvorak (1) ASST: Chris Pronger (2), Jarret Stoll (3)|
3 - 2 EDM
|EN - Raffi Torres (4) ASST: Ales Hemsky (4), Michael Peca (2)|
4 - 2 EDM
|Fernando Pisani Holding|
|Rob Niedermayer Holding|
|Jarret Stoll Hooking|
|Jean-Sebastien Giguere Delaying Game - Illegal play by goalie|
|Vitaly Vishnevski Boarding|
|Ruslan Salei Hooking|
|Georges Laraque Too many men on the ice|
|Scott Niedermayer Holding|
|Scott Niedermayer Hooking|
|Michael Peca Hooking|
|Teemu Selanne Hooking|
|Keith Carney Holding|
|Chris Pronger Elbowing|
|Ethan Moreau Boarding|
|Jarret Stoll Hooking|