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Ducks win long shootout in Edmonton

by Robin Brownlee / NHL.com
EDMONTON -- The Anaheim Ducks always file out of the visitor's dressing room at Rexall Place, but they made themselves right at home again on Tuesday, beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout.

Goals by Joffrey Lupul and rookie defenseman Cam Fowler decided it as the Ducks defeated the Oilers for the sixth straight time on home ice, a stretch of mastery dating back to Dec. 27, 2007.

The loss not only put an end to a four-game winning streak by the Oilers, it cost them centre Shawn Horcoff, who left the game in the first period with a knee injury.

Fowler, the 10th Anaheim player in a marathon shootout that went 20 players deep, settled it, tucking a wrist shot under the crossbar behind Nikolai Khabibulin.

"It was definitely entertaining, but I'm probably saying that because I'm on the winning end," said Fowler, a teammate of Edmonton's Taylor Hall with the Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires last season.

With his team up 2-0 on goals by Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne, only to see the Oilers come back on third-period goals by Ryan Jones and Dustin Penner, coach Randy Carlyle turned to Fowler, selected 12th overall by Anaheim last June, for his first NHL shootout attempt.

"I asked him and I asked a few guys," Carlyle said. "He was, 'I don't know, I think I can do it.' Then, he goes out and does it.

"Some guys kind of hide. Other guys like to step up. When it goes that deep and you've got 10 shooters, you need a break to go your way. Both goaltenders made some big stops."

Lupul scored on Anaheim's first attempt and Hall evened it after Jonas Hiller stopped Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle. That was it, until Fowler took his turn.

"The coaches were just telling me to pick a spot and shoot it," Fowler said. "I didn't want to risk losing the puck or anything, so just go in and pick a spot. Luckily, I found the back of the net.

"Sometimes during games, the nerves kind of go away, but when you're the only one out there and it's you against the goalie, that's one of the most nerve-racking situations in hockey."

Blanked 3-0 by Phoenix and 4-0 by Detroit in their last two games, Anaheim had gone over 146 minutes without a goal when Koivu put the Ducks up 1-0 at 5:44 of the second period as he fired a wrist shot past Khabibulin high on the glove side.

Selanne, a surprise addition after sitting out the last two games with a sore groin, set up Koivu. The assist was the 40-year-old Selanne's 82nd point in 71 career games against the Oilers.

Selanne made it 43 career goals against Edmonton when he put the Ducks up 2-0 as he backhanded the rebound of an Andy Sutton shot between Khabibulin's legs early in the third period.

Jones continued his fast start, scoring his seventh goal of the season to cut it to 2-1 when he beat Hiller at 10:29. Penner then set the stage for a frantic finish when he pulled the Oilers even 2-2, firing a rebound past Hiller on a power play at 13:39.

"I thought we did a good job of shutting their top line down," said Andrew Cogliano. "I thought our special teams did a great job. And I thought that Khabby made a big difference for us. He's playing great right now.

"It was a big gut-check for us losing Horcoff so early, and the guys had to step up."

Already without Ales Hemsky for up to a month with a strained groin, the Oilers lost Horcoff on his second shift when he injured his right knee in a collision with Corey Perry.

Oilers coach Tom Renney said after the game that Horcoff sustained an injury, one he characterized as "significant," to the medial collateral ligament in this knee and indicated he could be out as long as eight weeks.
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