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Pisani wins it for Oilers in shootout

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers looked to have scored the game's first goal on a nice give-and-go between Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff. The play ended with Horcoff's pass going off Smyth's skate and into the Anaheim net. After lengthy deliberation with the video goal judge, the play was ruled a goal.

Less than a minute later, Todd Fedoruk and Georges Laraque engaged in some fisticuffs with Laraque gaining a decisive victory in the bout.

After the Oilers killed off a too-many-men penalty, Ales Hemsky left the box and was instantly sprung on a breakaway. As Hemsky cut toward the net, his progress was impeded by Ruslan Salei as he tried to skate back into the play. Salei got two minutes for holding for his efforts.

Six seconds after he was sent to the box, Marc-Andre Bergeron blasted a shot from the point that beat Giguere in front as he was screened by Smyth.

Before the period hit the midway point, Andy McDonald scored to make it a 2-1 game. Corey Perry carried the puck behind the Edmonton net before dishing it in front to McDonald who slapped it low behind Markkanen.

35 seconds later, the Mighty Ducks tied the game at 2-2. Perry tipped a Keith Carney shot in front that beat Markkanen high glove side.

Shots on goal 11 minutes into the first were 8-3 Anaheim.

Giguere came up huge late in the period as an Oilers power play was winding down, snagging a Stoll one-timer out of the air with his glove hand.

The Anaheim goaltender came up big again several minutes later, stopping Hemsky on a deke in-close while the Oilers were on a two-man advantage this time.

Seconds after that, Hemsky was absolutely flattened by Vitaly Vishnevski as he skated back into the Ducks zone to try and create a play off the rush.

As the first period came to a close, shots on goal were 12-10 in favour of the Oilers as they came on strong in the final minutes.

Early in the second period, Chris Kunitz took a nice drop pass from Andy McDonald before flicking the puck past Markkanen to give Anaheim its first lead on the night.

Just past the midway point of the game, Ryan Smyth scored his second of the game as he tipped in a Chris Pronger point shot while the Oilers were on the power play.

The final few minutes of the second period were the Jussi Markkanen show as Anaheim outshot Edmonton 7-0 to close out the middle frame but the Oilers goaltender was solid if not spectacular in keeping the game tied.

After two, shots on goal were 23-19 for Anaheim.

Anaheim continued to pour on the pressure early in the third period, firing the first four shots of the period but it was Edmonton that responded as Jaroslav Spacek scored his first goal as an Oiler on the team's first shot on goal in the final frame.

Spacek took a pass from Radek Dvorak and blasted a rising slap shot past Giguere, who was screened on the play by Fernando Pisani.

43 seconds later, Todd Marchant scored during a scramble in front of Markkanen as he jammed the puck past the Oilers goaltender at the left post.

Two minutes after tying the game, Scott Niedermayer scored on a screened shot from the point, putting Anaheim up 5-4 and chasing Markkanen from the net. He was replaced in goal by Mike Morrison after stopping 28 of 32 shots.

Just when it looked like the Oilers might be in tough with the Ducks tightening up, Fernando Pisani wristed one past Giguere on the short side to tie the game once again, this time 5-5. Pisani's goal came 3:02 after Niedermayer's go-ahead marker.

The Mighty Ducks pressed late in the period to end the game in regulation time but Mike Morrison did a good job holding the fort for Edmonton, keeping it tied 5-5 as the game went into overtime.

Shots on goal at the end of 60 minutes were 38-26 for Anaheim.

Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff almost ended it in overtime for the Oilers. Horcoff drove to the net but his backhand was stopped by Giguere. Smyth skated in to try and jam home the rebound but was denied.

At the other end of the ice, Morrison slid across the ice to deny Selanne on an odd-man rush after he took a pass from McDonald.
Shootout Results:
(Goal scorers in bold)

Ales Hemsky, Ryan Smyth, Fernando Pisani

Chris Kunitz, Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry

NOTES: Both Jason Smith and Dick Tarnstrom drew back into the lineup tonight for Edmonton with Igor Ulanov and Matt Greene healthy scratches... With Laraque's fight, he surpassed the 800 career penalty-minute mark at 802... Jarret Stoll's assist on Bergeron's goal extended his scoring streak to six games (1g, 5a)... Anaheim's Andy McDonald increased his career-high scoring streak to eight games (3g, 11a)... Beauchemin increased his assist streak to six games... Michael Peca left the game after two periods with a right hip flexor strain... Steve Staios registered his 100th career assist on the Pisani goal... Mike Morrison is now 5-0 in shootouts this season.
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