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Rakell right on mark for Ducks against Oilers

Scores in overtime to give Anaheim seventh win in row

by Abbey Mastracco / Correspondent

Rakell's game-winning score

EDM@ANA: Rakell backhands game-winner in overtime

2/26/16: Rickard Rakell makes an excellent move to get through the defense, then nets a backhanded goal to give the Ducks a 2-1 win in overtime

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ANAHEIM -- Rickard Rakell scored 1:24 into overtime to give the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center on Friday, extending their winning streak to a season-high seven games.

Rakell split two defenders and blew past a third on his way to the low slot, where he shot high on Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.

"Probably one of my better ones," Rakell said. "In overtime, winning the game. It was a good feeling."

Rakell has three goals and three assists in the past six games. He said he's become more comfortable in his top-six role, and his intensity on the ice has increased with his playing time.

"That was a pretty goal," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who had the secondary assist. "Those are the things that Ricky can do at a high level. He's being doing it a lot lately and it's been pretty to watch."

Video: EDM@ANA: Getzlaf scores first goal of the game in 3rd

Rakell's teammates aren't the only ones who have taken notice.

"It's a good move," Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot said. "He crisscrossed and made a great play. He may have recognized a forward was skating backwards and he took advantage of it. A little bit better communication and we could have changed the outcome of that."

Edmonton (22-34-6) has lost six straight games. Coach Todd McLellan said though he was happy to come away with a point, he's looking for the Oilers to find ways to break through in close games.

"We're stepping into the ring against Muhammad Ali right now with some of these teams and we're able to stay in it until the late rounds," McLellan said. "That's not good enough. We've got to find ways to win. Just to hanging with teams isn't good enough, but we needed to re-establish the input part and I think we've done that to this point."

Getzlaf gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead 42 seconds into the third period with a power-play goal. He extended his point streak to 10 games, the longest active streak in the NHL and the longest streak for an Anaheim player since his 14-game streak from Nov. 15-Dec. 15, 2013.

Video: EDM@ANA: Pouliot feeds Eberle to even the score

The Ducks have scored a power-play goal in each of the past seven games.

Jordan Eberle tied it 1-1 71 seconds later with a shot from the wing. It was his 20th goal of the season.

The Ducks (33-19-8) outshot the Oilers 34-18.

"I thought we did a lot of good things," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We held them to under 20 shots, gave them six chances, and we had 34 shots. That team played really hard against us tonight, and I thought we matched them pretty good."

Anaheim has struggled in 3-on-3 play this season, now 2-5. Boudreau said the nature of the win makes Rakell's goal more unforgettable.

Video: EDM@ANA: Anderson stops two shot attempts in 2nd

"I'm waiting to see it a few more times. It was pretty exciting," Boudreau said. "I think it was a 1-on-3, and for good measure he put it upstairs. It was a great move by him, but he's capable of doing that. It was our first real 3-on-3 win, so that made it nice as well."

Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen made 17 saves and is 11-0-1 in his past 12 games.

Talbot made 32 saves; he hasn't won since Feb. 11 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We've become a pretty scrappy team," McLellan said. "I have no complaints about the work ethic or the input into the win. Obviously we'd like better results, we'd like to find a way to give our goaltender who played extremely well again tonight some run support." 

Video: Rakell knocks in game winner in OT to give Ducks win

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