Ducks 6, Oilers 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf and Travis Moen each tallied twice and Chris Pronger added three assists to lead the Ducks to a 6-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday at Honda Center.
The victory boosted Anaheim's record to 7-0-2 on the season. The Ducks have managed to pick up 16 of a possible 18 standings points in their first nine games of the season.
"They had a number of opportunities in the first and second and Jiggy came up big with some big saves," said Pronger who was playing his first game against his former team. "We were fortunate enough to get off on the right foot in the second and get that two-goal lead, and we were able to continue on."
Jarret Stoll added two goals for the Oilers who lost for the first time in three games.
"It seemed like everything that could go wrong went wrong almost," said Oilers netminder Dwayne Roloson. "It was just one of those nights. Unfortunately, it happened and we have to bounce back tomorrow night."
Stoll started the scoring in the contest at 7:28 of the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.
The Ducks answered back less than a minute later as Travis Moen scored his first of the season off a rebound of a Pronger slap shot at 8:25. The puck squirted to Moen who kicked the puck to himself, spun and buried a shot to tie the game 1-1.
We have [long] memories and these are conference games," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "They are the team that eliminated us last year. All those factors bring people to a different level and that's part of the emotion of sports."
Scott Niedermayer gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 1:34 of the second period. Teemu Selanne attempted to center a pass that deflected off the skate of an Edmonton defenseman and in front to Niedermayer pinching into the slot. Niedermayer scored on the backhand for his third goal of the season.
Anaheim opened up a two-goal lead in the period when Getzlaf fired a wrist shot over Dwayne Roloson's shoulder for his third goal of the season. Todd Fedoruk kept the puck in at the Edmonton blue line and fed Getzlaf who found time to fire the wrister from the slot.
The Oilers got a goal back at 7:07 of the second period with Stoll's second of the game on the power play. Stoll ripped a one-time slap shot from the left face off circle to cut the Anaheim lead to 3-2.
Ryan Shannon regained the two-goal lead for Anaheim at 15:06. The speedy Anaheim forward streaked down the right wing and unloaded a low slap shot past Roloson for his second goal of the season.
The Ducks opened up a four goal lead in the third period as Getzlaf and Moen each added their second goals in the contest.
Getzlaf scored off a rebound at 9:26 of the third period and Moen deflected a Sammy Pahlsson shot at 13:20 to give Anaheim a 6-2 lead.
"It was a little bit of a shootout and we definitely don't want to play that way every night," said Getzlaf. "They outshot us tonight and Jiggy gave us a chance to win."
Anaheim now hits the road for their first extended trip of the season, traveling to Minnesota, Chicago and St. Louis before returning home to face the New York Rangers next Wednesday night.
GAME LOG - FINAL
20:00 - END OF GAME - ANA 6, EDM 2
19:53 - ANA PEN - Bench - Too many men on the ice.
13:20 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TRAVIS MOEN (2). Moen deflects a shot by Samuel Pahlsson past Roloson for his second of the game. The assists are Pahlsson and Chris Pronger. The assist was Pronger's third of the game. The goal is Moen's first multi-goal game of his career.
10:35 - Daniel Tjarnqvist is called for holding. Anaheim goes on their second power play - they are 0-for-1.
9:59 - Shane O'Brien and Brad Winchester tangle in the first fight of the game. Fighting majors for both.
9:26 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF (4). Getzlaf never quits on the rebound of his backhand on Oilers' goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Getzlaf slides on his knees to the side of the net, gains the puck and flips off the post and the back of Roloson into the net to make it a 5-2 hockey game.
6:28 - ANA PEN - Scott Niedermayer goes off for hooking. Edmonton is 1-for-3 on the power play in the game.
0:00 - 3rd period is under way.
20:00 - End of 2nd period. The Ducks get three second period goals to take a 4-2 lead after 60 minutes. Shots on goal after two periods: ANA 15, EDM 24.
15:06 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN SHANNON (2). Shannon streaks down the right side and unloads a low slap shot that beats Roloson low-stick-side. The goal is Shannon's second of the season from Todd Marchant and Dustin Penner to make it 4-2 Anaheim.
10:02 - ANA PEN - Sean O'Donnell takes a high-sticking minor. Edmonton will go on their third power play of the game. The Oilers are 1-for-2 with the man-advantage.
7:07 - EDMONTON GOAL - POWER PLAY - JARRET STOLL (3). Alex Hemsky finds Stoll across the zone on the left face off circle. Stoll one-times a slap shot into a wide open Anaheim net. The goal is Stoll's second of the game from Hemsky and Daniel Tjarnqvist on the power play.
5:52 - ANA PEN - Chris Kunitz goes off for interference. Edmonton on their second power play - they are 0-for-1 so far in the contest.
4:00 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF (3) - Todd Fedoruk holds the puck in at the Edmonton blue line and gives the puck to Getzlaf. Getzlaf smokes a hard wrister into the top-left corner from the slot. The goal is Getzlaf's third from Fedoruk and Scott Niedermayer.
1:34 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SCOTT NIEDERMAYER (3) - Teemu Selanne's attempt to center the puck hits the skate of an Oilers defenseman and kicks to Niedermayer who is pinching into the slot. Niedermayer backhands a shot on the ice past Roloson for his third of th eseason from Selanne and Chris Pronger.
0:00 - Start of 2nd period. Ducks start with 1:31 of PP time.
20:00 - End of 1st period. Shots on goal after one period: ANA 7, EDM 8. Anaheim will have 1:31 of power play time to begin the second period.
19:30 - With the face off coming at the top of the circle to the left of Roloson, Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish calls a timeout.
19:30 - EDM PEN - Matt Greene is caught holding. Anaheim power play: 24.4% (T-4th NHL), Edmonton PK: 90.2% (5th NHL)
9:03 - ANA PEN - Joe Dipenta goes off for tripping. Edmonton power play: 15.1% (18th NHL), Anaheim PK: 88.9% (9th NHL)
8:25 - ANAHEIM GOAL - TRAVIS MOEN (1) - The hard work of the Ducks checking line pays off to tie the game. Chris Pronger gets a shot on net from the point. The rebound squirts out to Moen who kicks it to himself, spins and buries the shot for his first goal. The goal is Moen from Pronger and Samuel Pahlsson.
7:28 - EDMONTON GOAL - JARRET STOLL (2) - Raffi Torres finds Stoll in alone in front of the Anaheim net. Stoll stickhandles around Giguere for his second goal of the season. The goal is Stoll from Torres.
6:33 - In the early going, the Rob Niedermayer-Sammy Pahlsson-Travis Moen line has been the Ducks' best line so far creating good pressure on the puck. Moen and Dustin Penner have the Ducks' only shots so far. Shots are two apiece.
0:00 - 1st Period is under way.
Pregame - Starting Goaltenders: ANA 35 JS Giguere, EDM 35 Dwayne Roloson
Scratches: ANA - 18 D Ian Moran, 24 LW Stanislav Chistov, 39 C Travis Green / EDM - 8 LW Alexei Mikhnov, 25 D Jan Hejda
Pregame - Defenseman Chris Pronger and the Ducks face the Edmonton Oilers tonight.
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This is Pronger's first matchup against the team he helped reach the Stanley Cup Final a year ago. This game will also mark the return of former Anaheim forward Joffrey Lupul to Orange County. The players were swapped (along with Ducks defensive prospect Ladislav Smid) in a blockbuster trade this summer.
The last time the Oilers were in Anaheim, captain Jason Smith was accepting the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl as the 2006 Western Conference Champion. Wednesday night is the Ducks' first rematch of that series this season.
This year, Anaheim is unbeaten in regulation (6-0-2) and is coming off of a 3-2 shootout victory over the rival Los Angeles Kings on Sunday in LA. Edmonton (5-2-0) has taken the first two games of a three-game homestand and close it out on Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Ducks have been led offensively this season by forwards Chris Kunitz (4-3=7) and Corey Perry (3-4=7). JS Giguere has carried the load in goal and is 5-0-2 with a 1.78 Goals Against Average.
Edmonton counters with former Duck Petr Sykora (5-4=9) who leads the club with nine points. The Oilers also have Ryan Smyth (5-3=8) and Lupul (3-2=5) leading the way up front. Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson is 4-2-0 with a 2.18 GAA.