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Injured Oilers Struggle on the Road

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Shawn Horcoff took a high sticking penalty in the opening minute to give Anaheim an early power play.

It didn't take the Ducks long to capitalize on that man advantage. Francois Beauchemin threw the puck over to Ryan Getzlaf for a one-timer and his blast beat Jussi Markkanen.

Following the goal, Markkanen left the ice in discomfort and was replaced by Dwayne Roloson.

Despite fighting the flu, Roloson did a good job holding the fort in the first. Anaheim carried most of the play in the opening period but couldn't solve the Edmonton netminder.

George Parros and Zack Stortini started mixing it up midway through the first. Parros was looking for Stortini to drop the gloves but the Oilers forward wouldn't bite.

Following the first period, shots on goal were 9-5 for Anaheim.

Much like the opening frame, Anaheim struck early in the second period to double their lead to 2-0.

Dustin Penner crashed the net but was stopped by Roloson. The puck then squirted to Corey Perry behind the net and he wrapped it in.

Ilya Brzygalov made his toughest save of the night several minutes later, denying Sykora on a shot from the right circle and then closing his pads together on Joffrey Lupul's rebound attempt.

Anaheim extended its lead to 3-0 five minutes into the third. Scott Niedermayer found Getzlaf in the slot on a two-on-one opportunity and he one-timed it past Roloson to give the Ducks a three-goal lead.

A penalty to Zack Stortini shortly after the third Anaheim goal put the Ducks on the power play.

Anaheim kept Edmonton pinned in their zone for almost the entire two minutes and with eight seconds to go in the power play Chris Kunitz found the puck while perched to the glove side of Roloson. He attempted to kick the rebound up to his stick but didn't make contact. However, the puck still found its way into the back of the net.

After a lengthy video review it was ruled no goal.

Stortini and Parros finally dropped the gloves after Parros took a run at Bryan Young. The fight was more of a wrestling match with neither combatant getting the upper hand.

Stortini received two for instigating on the play, putting Anaheim back on the power play.

On the ensuing man advantage, the Oilers scored to cut the lead to 3-1. Matt Greene fired the puck down the ice from his own blueline and a quick-thinking Toby Petersen broke into the Ducks zone and picked up the puck just as it bounced off the end boards. He fired it in past Bryzgalov for the goal.

Anaheim had a chance to regain their three-goal lead late in the second following a four-minute penalty to Petr Sykora for high sticking.

On the ensuing power play, Anaheim did just that - converting to move in front 4-1. Ric Jackman took the initial shot and Roloson made a tough save on his one-timer. However, Penner was stationed in front and shoveled the rebound in.

With seconds left in the period, Selanne had a wide-open net but his shot was blocked in front by Ladislav Smid.

Shots after two periods were 24-16 for Anaheim.
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