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Oilers trounce Ducks with huge third period

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Jussi Markkanen had to be sharp early, making some big stops for the Oilers as the Mighty Ducks went on the attack. Shots on goal through the first half of the opening period was 11-3 for Anaheim.

The Ducks were finally able to capitalize at the 9:15 mark while on a two-man advantage. Ryan Getzlaf teed up a shot from the point that was tipped in front by Chris Kunitz to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead.

Edmonton had a power play chance late in the period but were not able to generate anything in the way of scoring opportunities.

After one period, shots on goal were 13-6 in favour of Anaheim as they took a one-goal lead into the intermission.

Anaheim came out in the second period much like they did in the first - firing on all cylinders. Jason Smith took a hooking penalty 1:05 into the middle frame, putting Anaheim on the power play once again.

On the ensuing man advantage, Joffrey Lupul pounced on a loose puck after Markkanen made a stop and dished it to Selanne who tapped it in for the power play goal.

Both teams ran into some penalty trouble five minutes into the period, resulting in a brief four-on-three Oilers power play. Just as that penalty expired Ales Hemsky threaded a pass to Marc-Andre Bergeron at the right circle where he wired one past Giguere to close the gap to one.

38 seconds later, Selanne struck for his second of the night to move the Ducks ahead by two goals once again. Selanne picked up the puck in the corner and skated toward the front of the net. He dished a pass in front that was redirected off Steve Staios and through the five-hole on Markkanen.

Edmonton came close to drawing within one once again with about four minutes left in the second. Jarret Stoll dished it to Fernando Pisani who attempted a backhand redirection but it just went wide.

Just as it looked like Edmonton would be heading into the intermission down by a pair of goals, a late surge resulted in a goal by Staios with two seconds left in the middle frame.

Chris Pronger fired a desperation shot on goal from the point with about five seconds to go and the rebound went straight out to Staios who whistled it high blocker side behind a screened Giguere.

After two periods, shots on goal were 20-13 in favour of the Mighty Ducks.

An outstanding individual effort by Ales Hemsky resulted in the Oilers tying the game at 3-3. Hemsky picked up the puck in his own zone and skated coast to coast before firing a shot high glove side behind Giguere.

Hemsky almost scored his second of the game, making a nice move to get around Niedermayer before putting the puck on Giguere. Several minutes after that, Radek Dvorak almost put the Oilers in the lead as he barreled along the wing and muscled a backhand on Giguere from in-close.

Edmonton had a great chance to take the lead 8:50 into the third as Vitali Vishnevsky took a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding Jarret Stoll. A minute later, Scott Niedermayer cross-checked Hemsky behind the net, putting the Oilers on a two-minute two-man advantage.

On the ensuing power play, Chris Pronger hammered a shot from the point that beat Giguere. The Anaheim goaltender was incensed that he was interfered with in front by Ryan Smyth. After the goal, he skated out and clubbed Smyth in the head, giving Edmonton another two-minute two-man advantage.

Frustration continued to mount for the Ducks and Giguere as he got another penalty for going after Smyth again.

It didn't take the Oilers and Pronger long to score and extend their lead. With Smyth stationed in front, frustrating Giguere to no end, Pronger teed up a blast that beat the Ducks goaltender who was out of position.

After the goal, Edmonton had a 5-3 lead and continued on their lenghty two-man advantage. Shots on goal after the first 16 minutes of the third period were 12-0 for the Oilers.

Shawn Horcoff scored an empty-net goal to clinch the game in the final minute.

NOTES: Jason Marshall was a healthy scratch for Anaheim. Edmonton went with the same lineup as last game with the exception of Markkanen in goal... In 56 career games against the Oilers, Teemu Selanne has scored 39 goals... Ales Hemsky has four goals in his last seven games... Matt Greene's assist on Hemsky's goal was his first career NHL point... Hemsky left the game late with an ankle injury.
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