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Corey Perry scores shootout winner as Ducks beat Oilers 3-2

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EDMONTON - Corey Perry scored in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Anaheim Ducks started off a five-game road trip on solid footing, hanging on to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Friday night.

Rob Niedermayer also scored for the Ducks who improved to 18-12-3 and have won four of their last six.

It was the third consecutive loss for the Oilers who fell to 14-14-3 and a troubling 4-5-3 at home.

Edmonton goals came from Kyle Brodziak and Eric Cole.

There was an early delay to the game less than two minutes in when Anaheim veteran Teemu Selanne took a hit along the boards from Denis Grebeshkov and somehow suffered a laceration to his left thigh on the play. Selanne had to be helped off the ice and did not return to the game.

It took until late in the first period before the first goal of the game was recorded, following a two-on-one shorthanded break by the brothers Niedermayer. Scott Neidermayer took the shot on the play and Oilers starter Dwayne Roloson was unable to smother the rebound before Rob Niedermayer snuck the puck in from the doorstep.

The Oilers directed 14 first period shots at Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller to Anaheim's 11.

The Ducks took a two-goal lead midway through the middle frame on the power play as Bobby Ryan spun around to take send a shot on goal that was tipped past Roloson by Perry, his ninth of the year.

It looked like the Ducks had lost another player to injury with seven minutes left when Perry was sent flying by a thunderous hip check from Ladislav Smid but he was able to return after getting his wind back.

Edmonton finally got onto the board six minutes into the third as the fourth line came through when a Lubomir Visnovsky shot bounced to Brodziak at the side of the net and he roofed it to end Hiller's shutout bid.

The Oilers finally connected on their ninth power play of the game to tie the contest 2-2 with six minutes to play as Cole batted a puck out of mid-air and in for just his fourth goal of the season to send the game to overtime.

Edmonton outshot Anaheim 21-4 in the third and 53-36 in the game.

The best chance in overtime came on a point blast from Cole that rang off the post.

Both teams are off until Monday when Edmonton plays host to Phoenix and the Ducks head to Vancouver to tackle the Canucks.

Notes: Hiller got the call in the Ducks net with Jean-Sebastien Gigure on leave in Montreal following the death of his father. Netminder David LeNeveu was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League to serve as a backup. ... Selanne only played the first couple minutes of the game before leaving due to an injury, but Friday was his 1,100 NHL game, putting him at 137th on the all-time list. ... Four of Edmonton's top eight scorers are defenceman: Sheldon Souray (22 points), Lubomir Visnovsky (16 points), Tom Gilbert (14 points) and Denis Grebeshkov (12 points). ... Former Oilers defenceman Chris Pronger - treated to his usual chorus of boos in Edmonton - is ninth in the league in scoring from the blue-line with six goals and 20 points.

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