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Reeling Ducks fall to Oilers

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Not even a two-goal lead could save the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.

Ales Hemsky scored the go-ahead goal with 6:31 left in the third period and Devan Dubnyk made 19 of his 38 saves in the first period as the Edmonton Oilers rallied for a 4-2 victory at the Honda Center.

Sam Gagne and Taylor Hall scored 1:41 apart in the second period, helping send the Ducks to their fifth straight loss following a six-game winning streak. The victory was only Edmonton's third in its last 17 games.

Tom Gilbert was credited with an empty-net goal with 16 seconds left after Anaheim's Corey Perry pass attempt from behind the Edmonton goal went the length of the ice into his own goal.

"Momentum swings all the time during games, and sometimes it's hard to come back from that," Gilbert said. "We came in here between the second and third periods and we just told ourselves to continue what we were doing, keep pressing them, and the puck was going to go in the net for us. And that's how it turned out."

The Ducks, playing without Teemu Selanne because of a groin injury, got goals from Bobby Ryan and Sako Koivu 22 seconds apart in the second period.

"Us getting 40 shots isn't really relevant if you're taking all the shots from the boards or the blue line," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We're not doing a good enough job getting pucks there or getting people there. The effort's there, but we've got to bear down. We've got to learn from those mistakes and go forward."

Devan Dubnyk made his fourth start of the season and second in a row in place of four-time All-Star goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (groin). Dubnyk's other three starts resulted in overtime losses, two of them in shootouts.

"It's exciting for me," Dubnyk said. "You never want to see a guy get injured, and we're all hoping he comes back soon. But that's why you play so hard to be the number two goalie - so that if something does happen, you're the guy and not the one they call up to be the backup. I worked as hard as I could to get to this spot, and I'm just going to enjoy the chance to play."

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.


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