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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Ducks

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers played their final home game of the 2011-2012 season Thursday night, and the result was a familiar one. Although Edmonton did outplay and outshoot the Ducks for a better part of the game, they were unable to get one last win on home-ice.

Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Oilers' fans were treated to one last beauty by Jordan Eberle, who scored to even things up 2-2. However, a turnover in overtime led to a Ryan Getzlaf breakaway and the winning goal. 

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

With the game tied 2-2 in overtime, the Oilers had a great chance to send the Edmonton faithful home with a victory. Instead, a turnover in the neutral zone led to Ryan Getzlaf breaking in all alone. He made no mistake, slipping a backhand through Devan Dubnyk's legs for the win.

38 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 23 of 60 draws.
34 Eberle's goal tonight gives the second-year star 34 goals on the season.
2 The Oilers trail Montreal by two points in the NHL standings with one game remaining for each team.

Jordan Eberle
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 2

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

Nick Schultz
G A P +/- Shots
0 0 0 -2 1

Jeff Deslauriers
26 24 2 61:12 .923

Devan Dubnyk
17 14 3 61:12 .824

  Sheldon Brookbank- D

24:23 - 0 PTS, E rating

  Jeff Petry- D

24:04 - 1 PTS, +2 rating

   With the Ducks ahead 2-1 in the third period, the Oilers young 
    guns of Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins struck one more
    time on home-ice. The 'Nuge' would send a great pass over to
    Eberle who was all alone. Eberle made no mistake, deaking to his
    backhand and beating Deslauriers.

Playing back in Edmonton against his former club, Jeff Deslauriers was solid in picking up the win. Deslauriers' team was outshot all game, especially early, but Deslauriers held the fort. He would stop 24 of 26 shots overall for the victory.

The Oilers' Darcy Hordichuk brought the fans to their feet the only way he knows how, with a strong right hand to head of George Parros. In a fight that got the energy going at Rexall Place, Hordichuk went toe-to-toe with his larger opponent and landed a huge shot that almost put Parros down.

The Oilers finished the 2011-2012 season a game above .500 at Rexall Place. Despite currently sitting second last overall in league standings, the Oilers went 18-17-6 at home in Edmonton.

"Until we get deeper and have more firepower, we're going to have to play smart hockey that doesn't give your opponent much."

-- Tom Renney on the team's final home game of the season.

Saturday, April 7  vs. Vancouver
  8:00pm MDT (CBC / 630 CHED)

The Oilers head out on the road to play their final game of the 2011-2012 season. It will come against the Vancouver Canucks who have won four of the previous five meetings so far this season. The game can be seen live on CBC as the second game of HNIC.

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