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Oilers 5, Mighty Ducks 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 5, Mighty Ducks 4
Anaheim Ducks 4, Edmonton Oilers 5

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Fernando Pisani and the Edmonton Oilers started the postseason as eighth-seeded upstarts. Now they're a win away from reaching the Stanley Cup finals in dominating fashion.

Pisani's ninth goal of the postseason helped the Oilers withstand a late rally by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and Edmonton won Game 3 of the Western Conference final 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The Oilers go for the sweep and their first trip to the finals since winning the Cup in 1990 on Thursday night at home.

The Oilers roared out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Michael Peca, Steve Staios and Chris Pronger in the first five minutes of a wild third period.

"At no point was I comfortable at 4-0 because I knew the energy level of our team," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "It was a wild game we feel fortunate to have won. I've been in those situations where we haven't won.

"We've got to come in here Thursday with some fresh legs."

Anaheim came right back on goals by Sean O'Donnell, Teemu Selanne and Chris Kunitz to make it 4-3.

"Good lesson for us," Staios said. "That's a desperate hockey team but we like the situation we're in now."

Pisani gave Edmonton some insurance with just over five minutes left. It turned out to be a huge goal after Selanne scored his second of the game to bring Anaheim back within 5-4.

"We made some mistakes tonight and it cost us," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, singling out Salei's turnover that led to the Peca goal. "Other than that I thought we played a pretty competitive hockey game. We had lots of opportunities. We didn't get it done."

Pronger labeled it a gut-check win for a team with a number of players struggling with fatigue and flu.

"It just shows the character in the locker room," he said. "Guys are doing whatever it takes, playing hurt, sick, whatever the case may be.

"We've got a chance to close them out Thursday but I'm sure they're going to have a lot to say about it."

Toby Petersen scored in the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

Eighth-seeded Edmonton, which eliminated Detroit in the first round, has won seven straight since falling behind 2-0 to San Jose in the second round. It's the Oilers' longest postseason winning streak since '90. They are 6-1 at home this postseason.

Edmonton has not yet trailed in this playoff series and already has gone deeper into the playoffs than any eighth-seeded team since the introduction of the conference format in 1994.

The Ducks have lost 13 consecutive games in Edmonton, dating back to Feb. 24, 1999.

Peca started the Oilers scoring binge in the third, tipping the puck past Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei at the blue line and racing in alone on goalie Illya Bryzgalov. Peca beat Bryzgalov to the glove side just over two minutes into the period.

"It seems that they are so opportunistic," Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul said. "Every time they get a chance, they are scoring."

Peca has scored a goal in four straight games and has points in his last six.

The Oilers went on to score twice more in the next two minutes.

First, speedy winger Sergei Samsonov set up Staios, who slapped the puck into an the net.

With the Oilers on a 5-on-3 power play, Pronger blasted the puck low to Bryzgalov's stick side from the blue-line for the 4-0 lead.

Then the Oilers sat back and the Ducks went to work, scoring three goals in four minutes.

O'Donnell scored with a point shot through traffic at 12:45.

Selanne made it 4-2 when he faked a shot to move around defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and fired the puck low past goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Kunitz scored to make it 4-3 but Pisani sealed the win. He took the puck off the faceoff, fought off a check and deked out Bryzgalov. Pisani is tied with Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks for the league lead in playoff goals.

Anaheim has outshot Edmonton in all three games of the series.

"It is absolutely embarrassing that we haven't won these games," said Selanne. "We have to fix a couple of things and not make as many mistakes."

The game was filled with penalties and was particularly ugly early. There were three fights in the first five-and-half minutes. The two teams combined for 16 penalties for 44 minutes in the box in the first period.

Notes: Pronger played in his 100th playoff game Tuesday ... NHL commissioner Gary Bettman took in the game and got a mix of cheers and boos when his visit was announced on the JumboTron ... It was the seventh consecutive playoff sellout for the Oilers.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:47
EDM
Toby Petersen (1) Wrap-around - ASST: Rem Murray (2)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:19
EDM
Michael Peca (5) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 EDM
03:35
EDM
PPG - Steve Staios (1) Slapshot - ASST: Sergei Samsonov (9), Fernando Pisani (3)
3 - 0 EDM
04:40
EDM
PPG - Chris Pronger (4) Slapshot - ASST: Jaroslav Spacek (6), Sergei Samsonov (10)
4 - 0 EDM
07:15
ANA
Sean O'Donnell (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Andy McDonald (6), Todd Marchant (7)
4 - 1 EDM
09:13
ANA
Teemu Selanne (6) Snap shot - ASST: Dustin Penner (6), Vitaly Vishnevski (4)
4 - 2 EDM
11:15
ANA
Chris Kunitz (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (3), Joffrey Lupul (2)
4 - 3 EDM
14:14
EDM
Fernando Pisani (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Peca (4)
5 - 3 EDM
18:15
ANA
Todd Marchant (3) Tip-in - ASST: Teemu Selanne (6), Scott Niedermayer (7)
5 - 4 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
02:51
ANA
Todd Fedoruk  Fighting (maj) against  Georges Laraque
02:51
EDM
Georges Laraque  Fighting (maj) against  Todd Fedoruk
03:10
EDM
Chris Pronger  Roughing against  Todd Marchant
03:10
EDM
Jason Smith  Roughing against  Dustin Penner
03:10
EDM
Jason Smith  Roughing against  Dustin Penner
03:10
ANA
Dustin Penner  Roughing against  Jason Smith
03:10
ANA
Dustin Penner  Roughing against  Jason Smith
03:10
ANA
Todd Marchant  Roughing against  Chris Pronger
03:10
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Roughing
05:26
ANA
Joe Dipenta  Fighting (maj) against  Ethan Moreau
05:26
ANA
Joffrey Lupul  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Michael Peca
05:26
EDM
Michael Peca  Slashing against  Joffrey Lupul
05:26
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Fighting (maj) against  Joe Dipenta
06:31
EDM
Fernando Pisani  Hooking against  Corey Perry
07:50
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:00
EDM
Todd Harvey  Hi-sticking against  Todd Marchant
2nd Period
06:01
EDM
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Hi-sticking against  Joffrey Lupul
06:16
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Interference against  Shawn Horcoff
09:06
EDM
Matt Greene  Interference against  Corey Perry
11:39
ANA
Corey Perry  Hi-sticking against  Ales Hemsky
17:10
EDM
Steve Staios  Holding against  Teemu Selanne
19:16
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Holding the stick against  Jaroslav Spacek
3rd Period
01:24
EDM
Sergei Samsonov  Too many men/ice - bench
01:43
ANA
Teemu Selanne  Holding against  Chris Pronger
03:45
ANA
Todd Fedoruk  Fighting (maj) against  Georges Laraque
03:45
EDM
Georges Laraque  Fighting (maj) against  Todd Fedoruk
03:58
ANA
Vitaly Vishnevski  Roughing against  Shawn Horcoff
04:11
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Hooking against  Jaroslav Spacek
04:40
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Hi-sticking against  Sergei Samsonov
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 22TOI: 58:32
Saves: 17EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .773SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 38TOI: 59:59
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .895SH: 0 - 0

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