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Mighty Ducks 6, Oilers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Mighty Ducks 6, Oilers 3
Anaheim Ducks 6, Edmonton Oilers 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - With the offense clicking like this, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks probably would've stayed alive in the Western Conference finals no matter who was protecting their goal.

Dustin Penner and Joffrey Lupul scored twice and the Mighty Ducks extended the series by beating Edmonton 6-3 on Thursday night.

They will return home to Anaheim for Game 5 on Saturday night still facing long odds. The Mighty Ducks cut the Oilers' series lead to 3-1 but know that only two NHL teams have dug out of an 0-3 hole to win.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere was in goal, making his first start since April 29 - a span of nine games. He stopped 20 shots and helped snap the Oilers' seven-game winning streak.

The Mighty Ducks, who had only six goals in the opening three losses, took a 3-0 lead in the first period when Penner scored twice and fellow rookie Ryan Getzlaf also tallied.

"I don't know if you could go through our lineup and find a guy who didn't do something great for our team," Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. "It's what you need at this time of year."

Marc-Andre Bergeron got Edmonton on the board early in the second period, but Anaheim defenseman Ruslan Salei made it 4-1 less than 2 minutes later.

Edmonton got within one goal when Ryan Smyth and Georges Laraque scored in the second period, but Lupul made it 5-3 with only 1:38 left in the frame and then added an empty-netter in the final seconds of the game to seal the win.

Dwayne Roloson allowed five goals on 40 shots and lost for the first time since Game 2 of Edmonton's second-round series against San Jose. He is 11-5 in these playoffs.

The Oilers won the final four of that matchup to eliminate the Sharks, and then took the first three from Anaheim, which had lost 13 straight at Edmonton. The Ducks hadn't won there since Feb. 24, 1999.

Giguere hadn't started since he was replaced by rookie Ilya Bryzgalov in Game 5 of the first-round series against Calgary. He showed some rust in allowing three goals on the first nine shots he faced, but was good enough to improve to 3-2 in this postseason.

"It was pretty hard. It's been a month since I played," Giguere said. "I'm just happy that I was able to go through and that we got the win."

Giguere wasn't surprised to get the call with the Ducks facing elimination.

"I was sort of expecting it," he said. "When you are down three-nothing you have to make some changes and see what happens."

The Ducks came at Roloson in waves in the first period, skating in and firing at will at the Oilers' defense that went from solid in the first three contests to loose in Game 4.

"We got a lesson into being seduced into getting away from our aggressiveness," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "They are obviously a confident group heading back to Anaheim. We've got to turn the tide in Anaheim. We've got to do several things, the most important thing is to be aggressive."

Anaheim took its first lead of the series at 7:28, when Teemu Selanne swooped in front of the net and passed the puck through the crease. It ricocheted off the skate of Oilers defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and into the net. Penner was credited with the goal.

He scored again at 15:11, taking a pass in the corner from Selanne and firing the puck through traffic under Roloson's pads.

The third came on a 5-on-3, one of the Ducks' four two-man advantages. Andy McDonald zipped the puck through the slot for a one-timer by Getzlaf.

The 25 shots were the most Edmonton ever allowed in a playoff period, topping the 20 recorded by Vancouver in 1992.

"I thought the first couple of shifts were good, then we got back on our heels," MacTavish said. "We didn't survive the first period."

Selanne said the Ducks have been the better team all series long, but just didn't have the results to show for it.

"We've faced lot of hot goaltenders," he said. "It had to end sooner or later. There's a reason why these things go best of seven. I really believe the better team is going to turn this around."

Bergeron, Laraque and Smyth all scored in the second period for the Oilers, who lost at home for just the second time this postseason.

Bergeron fired a one-timer over Giguere's glove from the circle on a 5-on-3 power play about three minutes in. Smyth scored on a tip-in 4 minutes later.

Laraque scored his first playoff goal in more than three years at the midway point when he corralled Chris Pronger's point shot in the slot, moved around a sprawling Giguere to score. He then raced to the corner and launched himself headlong into the glass to face the cheering fans.

Anaheim managed to stay ahead in the second on Salei's goal from the point and a late score by Lupul, who jumped on a faceoff scramble to the left of Roloson and fired the puck over the goalie's shoulder.

"We just found a way these last two games to score nine goals," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "That in itself is a hurdle that we have overcome. For a while we were offensively challenged, and now in two games we've found a crack in the armor."

The Oilers, with as many as 10 players battling the flu, are the first eighth-place seed to advance to the conference finals. They are trying to get back to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 16 years.

The Ducks lost the first two games of the series by identical 3-1 scores before the teams combined for nine goals in Game 3.

Notes: Bryzgalov allowed five goals on 22 shots in Game 3. ... The Oilers had two familiar faces return to the lineup. Shifty winger Radek Dvorak came back after being out since the first game of the San Jose series with a sprained knee. Forward Raffi Torres returned after missing two games because of the flu. ... The most shots against the Oilers in any period was 29 by Detroit in 1979.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:28
ANA
Dustin Penner (2) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 ANA
15:11
ANA
Dustin Penner (3) ASST: Teemu Selanne (7), Todd Marchant (8)
2 - 0 ANA
19:18
ANA
PPG - Ryan Getzlaf (3) ASST: Andy McDonald (7), Scott Niedermayer (8)
3 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
03:30
EDM
PPG - Marc-Andre Bergeron (2) ASST: Chris Pronger (12), Sergei Samsonov (11)
3 - 1 ANA
05:42
ANA
Ruslan Salei (3) ASST: Sean O'Donnell (3), Samuel Pahlsson (3)
4 - 1 ANA
07:46
EDM
Ryan Smyth (5) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (11)
4 - 2 ANA
10:01
EDM
Georges Laraque (1) ASST: Chris Pronger (13)
4 - 3 ANA
18:22
ANA
Joffrey Lupul (8) ASST: Todd Marchant (9)
5 - 3 ANA
3rd Period
18:50
ANA
EN - Joffrey Lupul (9) ASST: Todd Marchant (10), Ryan Getzlaf (4)
6 - 3 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
08:50
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Interference against  Sean O'Donnell
09:31
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Hooking
18:07
EDM
Sergei Samsonov  Too many men/ice - bench
18:15
EDM
Jason Smith  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
19:18
EDM
Jarret Stoll  Holding against  Scott Niedermayer
2nd Period
01:15
ANA
Francois Beauchemin  Tripping against  Fernando Pisani
01:58
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Hooking against  Marc-Andre Bergeron
02:59
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Ruslan Salei
03:18
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Tripping against  Shawn Horcoff
04:19
EDM
Steve Staios  Hooking against  Rob Niedermayer
04:39
ANA
Andy McDonald  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dwayne Roloson
13:26
EDM
Steve Staios  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:10
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Slashing against  Dustin Penner
19:06
ANA
Ruslan Salei  Interference against  Shawn Horcoff
3rd Period
10:46
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Tripping against  Ethan Moreau
11:34
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Tripping against  Ales Hemsky
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 23TOI: 59:40
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .870SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 45TOI: 59:06
Saves: 40EV: 26 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1

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