ANAHEIM, Calif. - It wasn't flashy, but Dustin Penner gave the Anaheim Ducks a reminder of what they lost when they let him go in the off-season.
While the Ducks continued to struggle to find their scoring touch, Penner set up in the crease and scored a first period goal - when the puck deflected off his mouth - as Edmonton completed a sweep of a home-and-home series against Anaheim with a 4-0 victory Sunday.
Raffi Torres, Joni Pitkanen and Tom Gilbert also scored for the Oilers who have won four of their last five games.
"You throw pucks at the net and you never know what happens, it could go off your head, off your leg they all count," said Penner. "It's probably the nicest goal I've had in a while. It's nice to get one any way you can."
It was Penner's second appearance in Anaheim after signing a five-year, US$21.5 million offer sheet by the Oilers in August, which the Ducks refused to match. The second-year forward had 29 goals for the Ducks last season, second only to Teemu Selanne.
With Penner in Edmonton and Selanne either contemplating or embarking upon retirement, the Ducks continue to search for consistent play and secondary offence. They have lost three of their last four games, while being outscored 16-8.
"We're the only guys, the guys in this room, that are going to turn this around," Ducks forward Rob Niedermayer said. "We just have to stay positive and work our way out of this."
The Ducks were stymied Sunday by a 25-save effort by Edmonton goalie Mathieu Garon who earned his second shutout of the season and 12th of his career.
"The defence tonight was real good, the guys blocked a lot of shots and it was nice because they wanted to shoot from the point all the time," Garon said. "We always had a guy in front to block."
The Oilers also took a 5-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champs in Edmonton on Friday. That win was somewhat costly however, as the team lost forwards Ales Hemsky (knee bruise) and Geoff Sanderson (back). Neither made the trip to Anaheim for the rematch.
Edmonton was able to get Fernando Pisani back into the lineup for his season debut Sunday after a prolonged battle with ulcerative colitis which flared up this summer. The condition limits his ability to retain food and resulted in extended period of hospitalization. He lost 30 pounds while missing training camp and the first two months of the season.
"A month and a half ago, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to play this year," Pisani said. "I lost a lot of weight, I lost a lot of blood in a matter of a couple weeks and the situation was not looking very good. For me to play hockey was the furthest thing on my mind. I just want to be able to live normal."
Ultimately prescription drugs helped the 30-year-old Edmonton native regain his health.
"He's come a long way and worked hard to get back in the lineup," said Torres, who got Edmonton going Sunday, swiping in rebound of a shot by Zack Storini to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead 9:29 after the opening faceoff.
Skating on their third power play of the first period, Robert Nilsson whisked a pass form the right corner toward the crease. The puck caromed off the stick of Anaheim defenceman Francois Beauchemin and then off Penner's mouth, falling past goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere for a 2-0 Edmonton lead.
"That's some of the stuff we need to do," Giguere said. "It was a fluky goal."
Set up with any early power play in the second, Pitkanen drilled a slap shot in from the left point for a three-goal lead. Just 2:04 later defenceman, Gilbert slid through the Ducks defence and sent a wrist shot past Giguere and it was 4-0.
Anaheim had an extended 5-on-3 opportunity to try and get back in the game minutes later, but could only come as close as hitting the post.
Notes: Ducks F Todd Bertuzzi was able to play Sunday. He left Friday's game and did not return after being hit in the left knee by a shot from Mathieu Schneider in the third period. ... LW Patrick Thorensen made his NHL debut for the Oilers.