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RECAP: Ducks 3, Oilers 2

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers


ANAHEIM, CA - Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner scored with under 10 minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game, but former Oiler Dustin Penner scored with 3:17 left to retake that lead and deliver the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory.

"You're always disappointed when you lose but I can't find a whole lot wrong with our game there," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "I thought, right to a man, our guys played excellent. That's the league. It's a game of mistakes, but I thought our mistakes tonights were honest ones. Like I said, it's disappointing to lose but it's hard to look and place blame."

In the first, Jordan Eberle gave the puck to Taylor Hall who skated around, just inside the point, before firing a shot on net. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tipped the shot out of mid-air and past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller for the 1-0 lead at 6:18.

That goal was Nugent-Hopkins' eighth of the season and 25th point.

The Ducks would tie it up with 8:38 remaining in the first. The Ducks kept the puck in the Oilers zone and won the battle for it behind the net. Kyle Palmieri passed the puck to Patrick Maroon and from behind the net, Maroon centred the puck out to the top of the crease in front of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. Nick Bonino was there to snag his ninth goal of the season and tie the game, 1-1.

After the first period, the Oilers were outshooting the Ducks, 14-8.

A Corey Potter check from behind gave the Ducks a long five-minute power play about six minutes in to the second period. The Oilers stood tall to the task denying Anaheim a man advantage goal.

"It's massive," said Eakins. "You see those names coming over the boards and you know you're going to see them for about three and a half minutes of that power play, (Ryan) Getzlaf and (Corey) Perry and company. Boy, that's a huge task. I thought our guys did an excellent job there as well."

Despite some momentum going their way, the Oilers would allow the Ducks to take back the lead at 15:24 of the second. Mathieu Perreault would backhand a pass from behind the net to the top of the crease where 43-year-old veteran Teemu Selanne buried the go-ahead goal.

Selanne had gone 19 games without scoring a goal before this one. That tally was career NHL goal number 679.

With 9:34 left on the clock in regulation, Sam Gagner had a partial breakaway and he capitalized on the opportunity. Gagner's goal was his fourth of the season.

"(Nail Yakupov) made an awesome play at the blue line there and I wanted to go back to my back to my forehand but there was a little back pressure on me so I just shot it and it found a way through," said Gagner.

With 3:17 left on the clock, the Ducks took the lead right back as Dustin Penner fired a shot and it tipped off of an Oilers player and in, glove-side of Bryzgalov. That goal would seal the deal for the Ducks.

"We're not happy," said Gagner. "You've got to find a way to at least get it to overtime. We played a solid game but at the end there, we've just got to figure a way to shore up our d-zone. I know it's against a good line and it kind of goes off (Jeff Petry), but we've got to figure a way to keep it out of our net and at least force overtime."

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