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Ducks 2, Oilers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Ducks 2, Oilers 1
Anaheim Ducks 2, Edmonton Oilers 1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Scott Niedermayer has given the Anaheim Ducks a huge lift since he decided to play this season and not retire.

Doug Weight scored a tiebreaking goal with 3:39 left to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

The Ducks (19-15-5) are 4-0-1 since Niedermayer returned. The playoff MVP had been contemplating retirement.

"We're playing much better than we were at the beginning of the season," Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. "I think we finally have our game together and have figured out what we need to win. Having Scott back really helps and you add a guy like Doug Weight and that makes for a strong team. We needed to get our game back if we wanted to be part of the playoffs and be successful again."

Weight took a pass from Bobby Ryan before beating Oilers goalie Mathieu Garon. Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks while Marty Reasoner had the lone Edmonton goal.

"Obviously since Dougie came over and Scotty came back it's been really good," said Ducks captain Chris Pronger. "The distraction of what Scotty was going to do and what he wasn't going to do isn't there any more. Having a guy like that back and then adding Dougie for that second line as well, it certainly gave us a center who has been able to produce all throughout his career."

The Oilers (16-19-3) suffered their fourth straight loss. Edmonton has struggled at home this season, going 8-11-1 at Rexall Place.

Doug Weight celebrates after scoring the go-ahead goal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Ulan)

"It's the thing that is keeping us out of the mix right now," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "Our inability to have success at home."

The best chance in a scoreless first period came just four minutes in when Fernando Pisani rang a short-handed shot off the crossbar behind Ducks starter Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Anaheim had eight shots on Garon to four from the Oilers in the opening period.

Reasoner made it 1-0 at 4:32 of the second period when he tipped a point shot from defenseman Tom Gilbert past Giguere.

Anaheim evened it about eight minutes later as Todd Bertuzzi took the puck behind the goal-line and made a great feed to Perry in the crease. It was Perry's 20th goal of the season.

The Ducks led 15-11 on the shot clock after the second period.

Both teams return to the ice on Saturday as the Oilers visit Minnesota and the Ducks journey to Calgary.

Notes: Oilers forward Ales Hemsky missed the game with a knee injury. An MRI was taken on Hemsky's left knee on Thursday and he is day-to-day. ... Oilers captain Ethan Moreau (bruised foot) skated with the team Thursday and says he will be ready to go on Saturday. The forward has suffered a string of injuries that have kept him out of the lineup since Oct. 2006. ... Ducks center Samuel Pahlsson did not make the three-game post-break trip with the team, suffering from an abdominal strain. ... Edmonton took three of four meetings from the Ducks this year.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:32
EDM
Marty Reasoner (4) ASST: Tom Gilbert (7), Joni Pitkanen (5)
1 - 0 EDM
12:38
ANA
Corey Perry (20) ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (7), Ryan Getzlaf (25)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
16:21
ANA
Doug Weight (5) ASST: Bobby Ryan (1), Kent Huskins (8)
2 - 1 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
02:12
EDM
Sam Gagner  Tripping against  Chris Kunitz
17:30
ANA
Ryan Carter  Roughing against  Steve Staios
17:30
ANA
Ryan Carter  Elbowing against  Steve Staios
17:30
EDM
Steve Staios  Roughing against  Ryan Carter
2nd Period
02:21
ANA
Mathieu Schneider  Interference against  Patrick Thoresen
10:03
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Cross checking against  Sam Gagner
3rd Period
02:25
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Cross checking against  Rob Niedermayer
05:38
EDM
Ladislav Smid  Hooking against  Todd Marchant
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 16TOI: 59:49
Saves: 15EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .938SH: 1 - 1
Mathieu Garon
SA: 23TOI: 59:08
Saves: 21EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .913SH: 3 - 3