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Previous Game: Ducks Make Another Late Comeback, Down Oilers 3-2

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 12:00 PM / News
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Previous Game: Ducks Make Another Late Comeback, Down Oilers 3-2
ANAHEIM \u2013 The Ducks haven\u2019t shown much in the early going of games as of late, but boy do they turn it on down the stretch. For the second straight game, Anaheim got off to a sluggish start but came roaring back, this time scoring three in the third to slip past the visiting Edmonton Oilers, 3-2.
ANAHEIM – The Ducks haven’t shown much in the early going of games as of late, but boy do they turn it on down the stretch.

For the second straight game, Anaheim got off to a sluggish start but came roaring back, this time scoring three in the third to slip past the visiting Edmonton Oilers, 3-2. Francois Beauchemin hammered a one-timer that squeezed under the arm of former Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth with 1:21 left in regulation for the eventual game-winner.

"Their team was taking away the far side, so I just tried to shoot it as hard as I could," Beauchemin said. "I knew Pears [Corey Perry] was going for a rebound if it was there. Fortunately, it went in. I was pretty happy with that one."

The Ducks (50-18-8) notched their franchise-best 50th win of the season while increasing their lead in the Pacific Division to three points over San Jose.

Perry assisted on Beauchemin’s winner and scored the other two third-period goals in the final period, including one that tied the game with 8:35 left. "We’ve been a team that’s worked hard all year," said Perry, who notched his 40th and 41st goals of the season. "We have that never-say-die attitude. If we can continue to push and play the right way for a full 60 minutes, we’ll be all right."

The Ducks were held at bay over the first two periods by Fasth, who was traded to Edmonton on March 4 for a pair of draft picks. But the Ducks finally got the best of him not long after an Edmonton goal three minutes into the third, as Matt Beleskey fished the puck away from the left wing wall and fed Perry, who roofed a wrist shot from the slot.

Anaheim tied it eight minutes later as Monday night overtime hero Stephane Robidas threw the puck on net from near the right wing wall, and Perry just barely deflected it by Fasth with the stick blade. (Robidas scored the OT winner two evenings ago against Winnipeg in a game where the Ducks trailed 4-0 and eventually prevailed 5-4.)

"We always know we have a chance," Beauchemin said. "We’re pretty good playing with the lead, as well. It’s a lot less stressful playing with a lead. We killed a big penalty just before my goal. That was a big momentum change."

The Oilers scored the lone goal in a mostly pedestrian first 40 minutes, on the power play following a Mathieu Perreault tripping penalty. Philip Larsen whipped a shot from the left wing that sailed through a Ryan Smyth screen and eluded goalie Frederik Andersen.

Andersen had 30 saves in improving to 19-5-0 on the season and made a big stop just before the Beauchemin strike. "That’s twice he’s come up with a big save," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "He made a big save when it was 2-0 right after their goal. Then we score right away. What a swing. There’s no way we would’ve come back from 3-0, but Freddie stood tall and made a great save."

Edmonton made it 2-0 less than three minutes into the third when Taylor Hall made a pretty pass from the left wing to Jordan Eberle, who tossed it in.

The win was retribution for a disappointing Ducks defeat last Friday night to the conference-worst Oilers, who edged Anaheim 4-3 in overtime at Rexall Place.

"The idea of reaching 50 wins is pretty cool, quite frankly," Boudreau said. "There’s only going to be a few teams that do it, and when you’re one of them, it’s quite an accomplishment. I’m pretty proud of the guys for 50 wins."

The Ducks will look to keep it going at Honda Center against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 47 30 13 4 153 115 64
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 48 15 35 10 50
R. Kesler 49 13 19 -2 32
C. Perry 34 19 12 15 31
S. Vatanen 49 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 48 19 7 12 26
P. Maroon 41 6 18 2 24
C. Fowler 48 5 18 4 23
H. Lindholm 48 5 16 13 21
J. Silfverberg 49 6 13 2 19
K. Palmieri 25 10 6 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.22
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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