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Ducks above water in playoff race with 5-3 win over Oilers @NHLdotcom

EDMONTON - Captain Scott Niedermayer sparked his team with a goal and two assists as the Anaheim Ducks moved into a playoff position with a much-needed 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Rob Niedermayer had a pair of goals and Sheldon Brookbank and Chris Pronger also scored for the Ducks (39-32-6) who have won seven of their last eight to jump into a tie for seventh in the tight Western Conference playoff race with Nashville at 84 points.

Andrew Cogliano, Denis Grebeshkov and Zack Stortini replied for the Oilers (36-32-9) who continue to slip farther out of contention in the West, with losses in five of their last six games to fall three points back of eighth and into a tie for 10th with Minnesota at 81 points.

Edmonton struck first, 10 minutes in on the power play, as Ales Kotalik slid a pass through Pronger's legs to Cogliano, who roofed his shot past Anaheim starter Jonas Hiller for a 1-0 lead.

The Ducks came back with almost a carbon copy of Edmonton's goal just four minutes later. This time it was Ryan Getzlaf who fed it through Kotalik's legs to Brookbank, who beat Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson for his first career NHL goal.

Anaheim surged ahead just 33 seconds into the second period with a nice three-way passing play on the power play. Teemu Selanne wasted no time sending the puck to Scott Niedermayer, who was able to beat Roloson glove-side before the goaltender could get over.

The Ducks went ahead 3-1 five minutes in on another power-play goal as Pronger scored on a blast from the point with Edmonton's Tom Gilbert serving a double-minor for high-sticking Bobby Ryan.

Anaheim looked to have put the game out of reach late in the second as Scott Niedermayer dished the puck to brother Rob at the top of the face-off circle, and his high shot seemed to catch Roloson off guard to make it 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Edmonton finally made a game of it in the dying minutes with goals just 68 seconds apart. Grebeshkov pinched deep and sent a rebound through Hiller's legs with 3:27 to play, then Stortini scored with Roloson on the bench for the extra attacker.

Edmonton tried to get some help in the final two minutes by calling for a stick measurement but received a penalty themselves when it was deemed legal, leading to a power play empty-netter by Rob Niedermayer, his second of the game.

Both teams return to action on Thursday with Edmonton playing the third game of a six-game homestand against San Jose and the Ducks playing the second of a three-game trip in Vancouver.

Notes: Roloson made his 33rd consecutive start and also played in his 60th game of the season, becoming the oldest goaltender in NHL history to appear in 60 or more games at 39 years of age The Ducks came into the year without a lot of recent success in Edmonton, with wins in just two of their last 16, but captured victories in both appearances at Rexall Place this year Defenceman Theo Peckham was inserted into the Edmonton lineup to replace fellow blue-liner Ladislav Smid, who will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured hand suffered in Sunday's loss to Minnesota The Ducks were missing defenceman Bret Hedican, out with back spasms.

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