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

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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.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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