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Perry scores No. 300, but Ducks fall to Oilers in OT

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com

ANAHEIM -- Teddy Purcell scored 1:16 into overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday.

The Oilers battled back three times to tie and force overtime. Anaheim (5-7-4) and Edmonton (6-10-0) combined to score four goals in the third period with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tying the game 3-3 at 8:19.

"I thought our performance was resilient, it was strong," Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. "This is not an easy building to play in and it's a team that's really starting to come on strong. But we held our own."

In overtime, it was a move by Oilers goalie Anders Nilsson that led to Purcell's goal. Nilsson made a smart play to not cover the puck for a whistle, allowing Andrej Sekera to get the puck down the ice to Purcell, who skated past Rickard Rakell and put a backhand shot past Frederik Andersen.

"Their goalie made a great play to move the puck and caught us on a change," Ducks right wing Corey Perry said. "We were a little tired, they capitalized. That's the way 3-on-3 is."

Perry scored twice, including his 300th NHL goal, and Shawn Horcoff got his 500th point. Horcoff, who spent 12 seasons with the Oilers, scored 1:56 into the third period.

Perry scored on the power play in the first period and again in the third for No. 300. With the game tied at 2-2, Rakell found Perry left alone in the slot and beat Nilsson high with the backhand at 6:44 of the third. His first goal came at 10:09 of the first period off the skate of Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

Perry is now tied with Paul Kariya for the second-most goals all time in Ducks history. Teemu Selanne leads with 457.

"It's a huge accomplishment, especially in the best league in the world," Perry said. "It's a little frustrating when you don't get the win and you get a milestone, but you've just got to worry about the two points."

Edmonton tied the game at 4:23 in the second period when Leon Draisaitl one-timed Benoit Pouliot's cross-ice feed past Andersen on the power play. Draisaitl, who also had two assists, has played in six games since being promoted from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League and has multiple points in four of them.

The 20-year-old center has played on the top line with two other first-round picks -- Taylor Hall and Nugent-Hopkins -- and said the chemistry is developing nicely.

"I've got very good linemates, they make it pretty easy for me to just come in and kind of fit in," Draisaitl said. "I think my confidence is up, and again, that's my linemates. It's been a lot of fun."

Hall said the blending of players new and old is finally starting to pay off and felt that their play against Anaheim is indicative of the Oilers' growth.

"In years past, we've got down and then it's just, that's it," Hall said. "We're starting to believe in our game a little bit. We're not a finished product by any means, but it seems like we're starting to kind of trust each other and believe in what we're doing.

"We're not going to run a team like Anaheim out of the building, but we can play faster than them and try to use that to our advantage."

Rakell returned to the lineup after missing three games because of an upper-body injury. He was moved from his third-line center position to the left wing on the top line and assisted on Perry's second goal.

This was the second-straight overtime loss for the Ducks, who had previously won four in a row. Anaheim is 1-3 in overtime.

"We're giving up too many quality chances and relying on our goalie make a fantastic save," Horcoff said. "It's not easy to do. I think tonight we had two leads in the third period, and that should be enough to win and we just didn't get it done."

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