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Ducks beat Oilers, Clinch Pacific Crown and Second Seed in the Western Conference

Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 12:20 AM

The Ducks have clinched the Pacific Division title and the #2 seed in the Western Conference by virtue of tonight's win in Edmonton. This marks the second division title for Anaheim (also 2007).

Viktor Fasth made 24 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Ducks clinched the Pacific crown with a 3-0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday at Rexall Place.

Ryan Getzlaf, Radek Dvorak and Sami Vatanen scored for the Ducks (29-11-6), who won back-to-back games in Edmonton to capture their first divisional title since 2007 — the year they went on to win the Stanley Cup.

The Oilers (17-21-7) have now lost eight of their past nine.

Anaheim started the scoring six minutes in on the power play as Getzlaf picked the puck out of a scramble out front and calmly slipped his 15th of the season past Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

The Ducks went up 2-0 at 11:48 as Emerson Etem was left alone to send a beautiful no-look backhand pass to Dvorak for an easy tap-in.

The only good chance in a scoreless second period belonged to the Ducks, as Kyle Palmieri was alone in tight, but stoned on a quick glove save by Khabibulin with two minutes remaining. The shots were 18-16 in Anaheim’s favor after 40 minutes.

The Ducks took a three-goal lead four minutes into the third period as Vatanen sent a long shot through traffic that found the top corner of the net.

Next up for the Oilers is a home date against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. The Ducks finish off a four-game road trip in Vancouver on Thursday.

Oilers center Eric Belanger made his return after missing 13 straight games with a groin injury. He replaced Magnus Paajarvi, who was nursing a foot injury.

The Ducks, who were already without defensemen Sheldon Souray and Luca Sbisa due to lower-body injuries, had to scratch forward Bobby Ryan due to an illness.

The Ducks, now 29-11-6, play at Vancouver (Thursday) and home to Phoenix (Saturday) before the playoffs begin next week.
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