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IN-GAME BLOG: Ducks vs. Oilers

by Wendy Mach / Edmonton Oilers
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It's the second back-to-back home game against Anaheim and the Oilers are looking to rebound from their 3-1 loss to the Ducks on Sunday night.

Head coach Ralph Krueger has made some line changes as Magnus Paajarvi will be out due to a bruised foot and Eric Belanger drawing back into the lineup after missing the last 21 games. Ryan Whitney is also back after being a healthy scratch for the last three games and Nikolai Khabibulin will start in net tonight.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Hall - Gagner - Eberle
Hartikainen - Lander - Yakupov
Horcoff - Smithson - Jones
Smyth - Belanger - Brown

N. Schultz - J. Schultz
Smid - Petry
Whitney - Potter



20:00: GAME ON!! Puck has dropped.

19:13: Nikolai Khabibulin tested early as Matt Beleskey tried shoving the puck into the net.

19:13: Shawn Horcoff gets called for a hooking penalty and the Oilers are on the penalty kill.

17:22: Teemu Selanne with a high cross-ice pass goes to David Steckel but was unable bat it in and goes wide.

14:38: And the Oilers are back on the penalty kill as Horcoff draws a interference penalty.

13:47: Ryan Getzlaf opens the scoring as he picks up Francois Beauchemin's rebound and puts it behind Khabibulin. | ANA 1, EDM 0

8:12: Radek Dvorak with a wide open left side puts it in the net to put the Ducks up 2-0. | ANA 2, EDM 0

7:43: Oilers on the powerplay as Ben Lovejoy gets two minutes for tripping.

7:12: Bryan Allen splits the defence and goes on a breakaway but was stopped by Khabibulin.

3:21: Koivu all-alone in front but Khabibulin made the pad save.

1:24: Oilers with the chances but unable to capitalize but the Oilers draw a powerplay chance as Beauchemin gets two minutes for playing with a broken stick.

0:00: Nick Bonino with a huge block on Jeff Petry's shot but time runs out as the horn sounds. After 20 minutes of play, the Ducks lead 2-0 and shots on net are 13-9 for Anaheim. | ANA 2, EDM 0


20:00: The puck has dropped and we're underway in the second.

10:00: Midway through the second, shots on net are 16-12.

5:35: Anton Lander with a shot from the top of the left circle but was stopped by Viktor Fasth.

4:44: Ryan Jones with a huge hit on Cam Fowler behind Fasth.

1:33: The Oilers get their third powerplay chance as Lovejoy goes back to the box for holding.

0:00: The Ducks hold on to their two goal lead as they head into the second intermission. Shots on net, 18-16 for the Ducks. | ANA 2, EDM 0


20:00: We're now underway in the third and final frame. The Oilers start the third on the powerplay.

18:01: Khabibulin with the glove save on Selanne.

16:55: Corey Potter with the hard shot but was stopped by Fasth.

16:05: Sami Vatanen's point shot goes through traffic and beats Khabibulin. | ANA 3, EDM 0

14:46: Delayed penalty called. The Oilers are back in the box for Jones for goaltender interference.

9:54: With less than ten minutes left, shots on net are 23-19 for the Ducks.

6:44: Petry with a chance but stopped by Fasth.

5:44: Khabibulin with the save on Bonino.

0:00: The Ducks win the back-to-back series at Rexall as they defeat the Oilers 3-0. Shots on net were 28-24. | ANA 3, EDM 0

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