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Under the Scope: Oilers vs Ducks

by Karmela Arocena / Edmonton Oilers
After losing a close game to the Ottawa Senators yesterday afternoon, the Oilers jumped right back into action Sunday night against the Anaheim Ducks.  On their third game of their 6 game homestand, the team was hoping to secure a win and snap a six game losing streak at home while overcoming any fatigue they might have after playing a game yesterday.

The game did not start off well for the home team.  The Oilers found themselves down by a goal just 34 seconds into the game.  Even with a powerplay two minutes later, the Oilers spent a lot of the first period in their own zone.  It wasn't until around the midway point that the Oilers were able to create chances, due in large part to the Paajarvi-Gagner-Omark line and the Hall-Cogliano- Eberle line.

After a fight between Steve MacIntyre and George Parros at 7:40 of the second, the Oilers seemed to be putting pressure on.  They had a great shift after the fight, where they kept the puck in the Ducks' zone for an extended period of time.  However, that was the only luck they had in that period.  The Ducks' scored two goals less than 2 minutes apart towards the end of the second, and the Oilers found themselves down by 3 goals entering the final frame.

The Ducks only added to their lead once the third period started.  Ryan scored his second goal of the night for the opposition just 1:31 into the third.  Dubnyk was pulled after the goal, and Nikolai Khabibulin took over.  The rest of the period was riddled with fights and penalties, but the Oilers still couldn't buy a goal and lost the game 4-0.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

It was a one goal game for more than half the contest, and the Oilers had come close to tying on a few chances.  However, two quick goals from the Ducks towards the end of the second really put the game away.  Brandon McMillan was first when he redirected a Dan Sexton shot in at 15:24 of the second.  Bobby Ryan got the Ducks third goal just 1:14 later, and the 3-0 deficit became too much for the Oilers to overcome, eventually losting the game 4-0.

47 47% of the faceoffs were won by Oilers players tonight.  Sam Gagner had an impressive night in the face off dot, going 9-3 on his draws; a 75% efficiency rate.
12 The Oilers tied a season low tonight by managing only 12 shots on goal.
7 Theo Peckham definitely showed why he is 20th in the league in hits.  The bruising blueliner registered 7 hits on the night.
4 Though his team in front of him didn't provide any goal support or help, it took 4 goals against Devan Dubnyk before he was pulled in favour of Nikolai Khabibulin.

Bobby Ryan
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +2 6

Corey Perry
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +2 1

Teemu Selanne
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 3

Jonas Hiller
12 12 0 59:47 1.00

Devan Dubnyk
15 11 4 41:31 .733

Cam Fowler - D

  23:01 - 0P, E rating

Tom Gilbert - D

23:41 - 0P, -3 rating

A game where no goals were scored for the Oilers can never be a good one, but Ryan Jones almost broke the shutout with a shorthanded chance at 12:20 of the third.  After Colin Fraser stole the puck at the red line, he and Jones started racing to the net.  Jones received a perfect pass right onto his stick and fired a shot at Hiller, but the Ducks goalie stopped it and the Oilers remained scoreless.

A losing record must have set the two time Memorial Cup winning Taylor Hall on a mission.  The rookie forward came out flying tonight.  On a line with Andrew Cogliano and Jordan Eberle, Hall created numerous chances, battled for the puck, and did everything he could but get a goal.  In his 19:41 of ice time he registered 4 shots.

Theo Peckham's physical play is continuing to be a character trait he enjoys.  Though he was a -3, Peckham's physical edge helped the team and ignited the crowd.  He threw 7 hits tonight, the most of anyone on the team, and got into a spirited fight with Andy Sutton in the second (a fight that ended with Sutton on the ice and the crowd at Rexall cheering).

There were no less than 3 fights in tonight's loss, but none were more intense than the fight between Ladislav Smid and Luca Sbisa.  The two number 5's got into a tilt less than a minute after Theo Peckham and  Andy Sutton dropped the gloves in the third.  Smid and Sbisa were trading punches, and even equipment was starting to come off during the fight.  Hits continued to fly until both players were taken down, with the crowd at Rexall cheering the whole time.

The Oilers were unable to score a goal in this game, and a lot of it had to do with the lack of shots.  They went 55 minutes of play before reaching double digits in shots, and they were unable to get their first shot in the third period until only 5 minutes were left in the game.

"We had a team play poorly in front of a young goaltender who has been very good for us this year. They let him down."

-  Head Coach Tom Renney on the Oilers abysmal play against the Ducks.

Tuesday, February 15 vs. Dallas
  7:00pm MT (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers will face the Pacific division leading Dallas Stars for the final time this season at Rexall Place.  The game is the third of a six game homestand.

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