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Ducks beat Oilers 6-2

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers got on the board first early in the opening period on a goal by Jarret Stoll. The play started after some good forechecking by Fernando Pisani caused Sean O'Donnell to cough up the puck in the corner. It went to the other corner where Raffi Torres fed it to Stoll in front. Stoll took the puck and flipped it past Giguere.

Anaheim got the goal back shortly after. Chris Pronger fired the puck from the point and Travis Moen was stationed in front to lift the rebound over a fallen Roloson.

A penalty to Joe DiPenta midway through the first gave Edmonton the game's first power play but they were unable to generate anything of substance during the two minutes.

Late in the period, the Oilers' fourth line of J-F Jacques, Brad Winchester and Marty Reasoner did a good job pinning the Ducks' top line in its own end for about 30 seconds. Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald and Todd Fedoruk had a tough time handling the size of Edmonton's checking unit.

After one, shots on goal were 8-7 for Edmonton.

Anaheim started the second period on the power play and it eventually resulted in the game's go-ahead marker. Just as the penalty expired, Scott Niedermayer pinched in and carried the puck into the slot where he backhanded it past Roloson.

On the next shift, Ales Hemsky almost got the goal back for Edmonton. He made a nice toe drag to get in a shooting lane but Giguere made the stop. Sykora was in front but couldn't get a handle on the rebound.

Some hard work along the boards by Anaheim led to the Ducks' third goal of the night. Getzlaf and Fedoruk battled Smith and Pisani along the wall before Fedoruk finally managed to poke it free. Getzlaf found the loose puck and wristed it under the crossbar to make it a 3-1 game.

Edmonton got one back on the power play to cut Anaheim's lead to one. Ales Hemsky made a great head fake to draw the Ducks defence toward him before dishing it to Stoll at the left circle for the one timer and his second of the night.

The Oilers started to pour on the pressure in an effort to get the equalizer. Pisani almost shovelled the puck in from in front of the net and Matt Greene had a chance on a slapper from the right circle.

Edmonton had a 12-5 shot edge through the first 15 minutes of the period.

At the 15:06 mark, the Ducks struck for their third of the period and fourth of the night. Ryan Shannon carried the puck into the Oilers zone along the right side boards and blasted a shot from about 40 feet out that beat Roloson five hole.

After two, shots were 24-14 for Edmonton but the Ducks had a two-goal lead.

The Oilers had a chance to get back in the game with 13 minutes left in the period after Scott Niedermayer was sent off for two.

Edmonton went with a five-man forward unit for the power play but could not generate much in the way of offence in order to get back in the game.

After the penalty expired, Ryan Getzlaf potted his second of the night to make it 5-2 Ducks. His first shot came on a backhand from the slot and Roloson made a nice save to deny the Anaheim winger but he drove to the net and jammed in the rebound.

In an effort to spark his club, Brad Winchester dropped the gloves with Ducks defenceman Shane O'Brien. The two combatants engaged in a spirited bout that could be ruled a draw.

Late in the period while down a goal, Hemsky had a nice end-to-end rush that almost ended in a shorthanded marker. He skated down the ice and then made several nice moves to get himself in shooting position in the slot but Dustin Penner slid across to block the shot.

Travis Moen struck for his second of the game and second of the season late in the third to ice the game. Moen tipped a Sami Pahlsson shot through the wickets of Roloson to make it 6-2.
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