Ducks 5, Oilers 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Ryan Getzlaf had two goals and an assist, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner each had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Andy McDonald scored his 20th goal and Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves for the Pacific Division leaders, helping send Edmonton to its sixth straight loss. The Ducks have 41 victories and lead the division with 93 points. They are two wins and five points from equaling the franchise record both set last season.
Toby Petersen scored a short-handed goal for the Oilers, who have yet to win a game since trading Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders on March 1. They faced the Ducks with five forwards and five defensemen sidelined by injuries, and dressed only 17 skaters.
Jan Hejda dislocated his left shoulder and Steve Staios injured his left knee in Edmonton's 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday. The Oilers had 20-year-old defenseman Bryan Young make his NHL debut after being promoted from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.
To make matters worse for the Oilers, goalie Dwayne Roloson and backup Jussi Markkanen were both dealing with the flu. But coach Craig MacTavish had to put someone in goal - so Markkanen got the nod after losing to the Lightning.
Making consecutive starts for only the second time this season, Markkanen gave up a goal on the first shot he faced, and was immediately replaced by Roloson 78 seconds after the opening faceoff. Getzlaf scored on a one-timer from the left point, beating Markkanen to the stick side while Shawn Horcoff was off for high-sticking McDonald.
Roloson stopped the first nine shots he faced before Perry scored his 15th goal on a wraparound at 1:53 of the second period. Getzlaf made it 3-0 at 5:33 of the period with his 23rd of the season, a 15-foot wrist shot from the slot.
Petersen broke the shutout for the Oilers at 10:57 of the second period with his second career short-handed goal, and only the third allowed by Anaheim this season. Matt Greene dumped the puck behind the Ducks' net, but Bryzgalov stayed in his crease as Petersen outraced defenseman Francois Beauchemin for the hard carom off the backboard.
Edmonton's Petr Sykora received a four-minute high-sticking penalty for cutting Penner, who scored his 25th goal on the ensuing power play during a goal-mouth scramble to give Anaheim a 4-1 lead at 18:10 of the second.
McDonald's goal with 2:06 left in the game made him the fifth Anaheim player this season to score at least 20. The Ducks had never had more than three 20-goal scorers in one season since joining the NHL in 1993-94.
Notes: The Oilers had only one power play, after McDonald was penalized for interference against Brad Winchester with 6:18 left in the third period. ... The Ducks' next victory or overtime loss will give them 1,000 standings points as a franchise. ... The only other time this season that Roloson did not start consecutive games was late January, when Markkanen beat Los Angeles 4-3 and Columbus 5-2 at the end of a five-game homestand. ... The Ducks won the season series for the first time since 1997-98, by a 3-1 margin. The Oilers were 14-2 against Anaheim over the previous four seasons. ... Anaheim D Chris Pronger, sidelined because of a broken toe on his left foot, played in only two of the four meetings with Edmonton and recorded four assists. He missed one other game because of a broken left foot. The Oilers traded him to the Ducks on July 3 after coming within one victory of winning the Stanley Cup. ... RW Joffrey Lupul, whom the Oilers acquired in the Pronger trade, had no goals and one assist in the four games against Anaheim.
FINAL GAME LOG:
20:00 - END OF GAME. FINAL SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 13-32, EDM 13-29
17:54 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD (20). McDonald bangs home the rebound of a Sean O'Donnell shot to give Anaheim a 5-1 lead. Assists go to O'Donnell and Chris Kunitz.
13:42 - ANA PEN - A. McDonald - 2 min. interference.
8:24 - Brad Winchester cross checks Ric Jackman from behind. He is grabbed by Francois Beauchemin and then punched by Brad May. Winchester gets 4:00 for roughing and Beauchemin and May are give 2:00 each for roughing.
0:00 - The third period is under way.
20:00 - END OF 2ND PERIOD. SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 15-24, EDM 11-16
18:10 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - DUSTIN PENNER (25). Penner jams at a loose puck in the Edmonton crease to give Anaheim a 4-1 lead. The assists go to Ric Jackman and Kent Huskins.
16:15 - EDM PEN - P. Sykora - 4:00 high sticking.
10:57 - EDMONTON GOAL - SHORTHANDED - TOBY PETERSEN (4). Petersen tallies shorthanded to cut the Ducks lead to 3-1. The assist goes to Matt Greene.
10:21 - Anaheim's George Parros and Edmonton's Zack Stortini lock up in a fight at neutral ice. Stortini picks up the extra 2:00 for instigating and a 10:00 misconduct.
7:41 - An apparent goal by Chris Kunitz is disallowed after the replay officials determine the puck was kicked into the Edmonton net.
5:48 - EDM PEN - Z. Stortini - 2 min. roughing. Anaheim is 1-for-1 on the power play tonight.
5:33 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF (23). Getzlaf completes a nice passing play in front of the Edmonton net that went Corey Perry to Scott Niedermayer to Getzlaf. The goal is Getzlaf's second of the game.
1:53 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY (15). Perry swings the net and fires the puck off Roloson and in to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead early in the second period. Dustin Penner and Ryan Getzlaf pick up the assists.
0:00 - The second period is under way in Anaheim.
20:00 - END OF 1ST PERIOD - SHOTS ON GOAL: ANA 9, EDM 5
10:11 - Anaheim's George Parros and Edmonton's Zack Stortini draw matching roughing minors. The teams will skate 4-on-4.
1:18 - Jussi Markkanen is pulled in favor of Dwayne Roloson.
1:18 - ANAHEIM GOAL - POWER PLAY - RYAN GETZLAF (22). Getzlaf rockets a one-time slap shot from the left point by Markkanen to give Anaheim an early 1-0 lead. Francois Beauchemin and Scott Niedermayer get the assists.
0:37 - EDM PEN - S. Horcoff - 2 min. high sticking. The Ducks go on their first power play. Anaheim is at 21.4% with the man advantage (3rd NHL) and the Oilers are killing at 85.3% (3rd NHL)
0:00 - The first period is under way at Honda Center.
0:00 - The Oilers are dressing only 17 skaters and 2 goaltenders tonight as a result of injuries.
Starting goaltenders: ANA 30 I. Bryzgalov, EDM 30 J. Markkanen
Scratches: ANA 22 T. Marchant, 25 C. Pronger, 38 R. Shannon, 45 S. Thornton; 19 M. Reasoner, 24 S. Staios, 25 J. Hejda, 36 M. Roy, 77 T. Gilbert, 83 A. Hemsky
Referees: 6 D. Marouelli, 16 R. Shick
Linesmen: 55 S. Heyer, 65 P. Racicot
The Anaheim Ducks hope to keep showing they can win without Chris Pronger. It should help they don\'t have to leave home while playing mostly mediocre opponents until he is expected to return.
The Ducks look to make it back-to-back victories since losing their All-Star defenseman and win a season-high fifth straight at home when they face the listless Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
Anaheim (40-17-11) learned Wednesday it would be without Pronger for about two weeks due to a broken toe. He is fourth on the Ducks with 53 points and leads them with a plus-26 rating.
It's likely he will not play for the rest of the Ducks\' eight-game homestand, which has five games remaining. Four of them come against Western Conference teams that are unlikely to make the playoffs - Edmonton, Columbus, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Anaheim beat another of the West's worst teams on Wednesday night in its first game since Pronger got hurt, defeating Phoenix 2-1 on Joe DiPenta's goal with 8:02 to play.
"We definitely feel some pressure because Chris is a big-time player and it's impossible to fill his shoes completely," DiPenta said. "But each one of us has to pick up our game a little bit and try to fill in until he gets back. It's part of being a hockey team."
Anaheim hopes to avoid a similar slide as it had when Pronger was injured earlier this season. The Ducks endured a 2-5-2 stretch in January as he sat out with a broken foot.
Pronger keyed a resurgence for the Ducks, whose 17 points since Feb. 14 are the most in the NHL. They have only one regulation loss in their last 11 games, a stretch during which winger Teemu Selanne has seven goals and eight assists.
Wednesday's win was the fourth straight at home for the Ducks, who don't play on the road again until visiting Phoenix on March 22. Only Detroit has fewer home losses in regulation this season than Anaheim's five.
Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is 9-0-2 in his last 11 home starts, and has a 1.50 goals-against average in his last 14 appearances at home.
Giguere has helped Anaheim kill off all 12 of its opponents\' power plays on this homestand.
Edmonton (30-31-6) has failed to score in 16 power-play opportunities during its season-high five-game losing streak. That skid coincides with the team\'s trade of star left wing Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders.
His absence and a bevy of injuries have left the Oilers reeling. Already down eight players, Edmonton lost defensemen Steve Staios (knee) and Jan Hejda (shoulder) during Wednesday\'s 3-1 home loss to Tampa Bay.
\"It was another frustrating evening with some of the injuries,\" Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. \"It\'s a difficult time. We\'re totally running out of bodies.
\"It\'s unreal. And the timing of it all. It\'s a weird situation that I haven\'t seen before.\"
The Oilers have been outscored 19-4 in this five-game slide, recording their longest losing streak since dropping seven straight from Oct. 10-25, 2005.
Edmonton goes into this matchup hoping to avoid losing the season series with Anaheim for the first time since 1997-98. The Oilers lost the first two meetings before winning the last one, 4-1 on Jan. 18.
- Associated Press