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48-20-14
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32-43-7
OT
26 SOG
22 SOG
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game recap

Ducks 3, Oilers 2, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Ducks 3, Oilers 2, OT
Anaheim Ducks 3, Edmonton Oilers 2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Jeered and cursed at by Oilers fans all night long, Chris Pronger never took his eyes off the ice. He simply played his steady game, assisted on a key goal and helped the Anaheim Ducks rally past his former team.

Ryan Getzlaf scored 2:19 into overtime after teammate Chris Kunitz tied the score with 17 seconds left in the third period, and Anaheim beat the Oilers 3-2 Tuesday night in Pronger's return to Edmonton.

Pronger, who led the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals last season and then asked to be traded, was booed every time he touched the puck. He assisted on Teemu Selanne's power-play goal in the second period.

"Obviously, you've got to expect the worst. It was respectful, I think," Pronger said. "It's always nice to win when you come back and play a team you used to play for."

Marty Reasoner and Ryan Smyth scored for Edmonton, which had won five straight.

The Oilers appeared to have this one in hand, too, but the Ducks pulled goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for an extra attacker and scored late in the third. Kunitz grabbed the puck from a goalmouth scramble and backhanded it past Dwayne Roloson.

"It looked inevitable that they would get the goal. We played basically the whole third period in our own zone," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said in a quiet dressing room. "We got basically what we deserved."

Pronger knew the tying goal was coming, too.

"We were coming on and they were going backwards," he said.

It was the second time this season the Oilers lost to Anaheim. Pronger had three assists in the previous matchup, a 6-2 Ducks victory on Oct. 25.

Reasoner opened the scoring almost eight minutes into the first period. After linemate Raffi Torres dug the puck out of the corner, Reasoner fired a wrist shot from a bad angle over Giguere's shoulder.

Edmonton made it 2-0 early in the second when Smyth dug the puck out from behind the net and threw it out front to Fernando Pisani, who backhanded it along the ice through a thicket of players, off Smyth's skate and past Giguere.

"We did all the right things to win the hockey game but weren't able to finish it off," Roloson said.

When the anti-Pronger boos began to trail off midway through the second period, it was Pronger who reignited them. With the Ducks on a power play, he fired a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that Selanne, standing at the crease, tipped past Roloson to make it 2-1.

"We knew it would be a bit difficult for him coming back in here and we wanted to support him as much as we could," said Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer, who played in his 1,000th NHL game and got a rousing cheer when the milestone was announced.

Pronger, the 2000 NHL MVP with St. Louis, shocked Edmonton in June when he asked for a trade but refused to publicly say why. Many fans felt betrayed by the 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman, the driving force behind an Oilers team that came within one game of winning the Stanley Cup last spring.

Fans in Oilers jerseys and garish blue wigs booed him when he touched the puck in pregame warmups, rising up to flash homemade signs.

"Tell the Truth, Chris," read one.

"The Gap in Your Story is Bigger Than the Gap in Your Teeth."

"Chris: 1985 Phoned; They Want Their Hair Back."

During the game, fans serenaded Pronger with chants of "You Sold Out!" along with a mournful, drawn-out "Prawwwwnnnngerrr!"

The 32-year-old Pronger didn't appear fazed and never looked beyond the ice surface. He had been the talk of the city for almost a week before the return trip.

"He thrives on this type of atmosphere," Roloson said. "When you have played as well as he has over the past, teams hate you and they want to come out and play hard on you, and the fans want to nail you, too."

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Pronger reiterated that his reason for wanting to leave Edmonton would stay personal. He said he understood if Oilers fans wanted to vent.

"They're passionate about their team and they can't understand why I'm not here," he said.

Pronger has been a standout for the Ducks. He leads NHL defensemen with 27 points (four goals, 23 assists). His plus-16 rating is second only to the plus-23 of Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom.

Notes: Oilers RW Ales Hemsky left in the first period with a shoulder injury and didn't return. Edmonton also was without LW Shawn Horcoff for part of the game due to a finger injury, and D Marc-Andre Bergeron sat out from the second period on with an illness. ... Oilers D Steve Staios was scratched because of a sprained knee. ... In the second period, fans roared as Brad Winchester fought with Anaheim's Sean O'Donnell. Minutes later, Matt Greene of the Oilers and Shane O'Brien went at it.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:38
EDM
Marty Reasoner (4) ASST: Raffi Torres (6)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
05:25
EDM
Ryan Smyth (15) ASST: Fernando Pisani (4), Jason Smith (5)
2 - 0 EDM
12:03
ANA
PPG - Teemu Selanne (11) ASST: Chris Pronger (23), Scott Niedermayer (17)
2 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
19:43
ANA
Chris Kunitz (14) ASST: Todd Marchant (8), Andy McDonald (12)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
02:19
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf (10) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
08:37
ANA
Travis Moen  Holding against  Toby Petersen
13:23
EDM
Marc-Andre Bergeron  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
16:08
ANA
Rob Niedermayer  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dwayne Roloson
20:00
ANA
Chris Kunitz  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
2nd Period
09:08
EDM
Brad Winchester  Fighting (maj) against  Sean O'Donnell
09:08
ANA
Sean O'Donnell  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Winchester
11:28
ANA
Shane O'Brien  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Greene
11:28
EDM
Matt Greene  Fighting (maj) against  Shane O'Brien
11:56
EDM
Fernando Pisani  Hooking against  Francois Beauchemin
3rd Period
11:06
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Hooking against  Francois Beauchemin
13:48
ANA
Todd Marchant  Holding against  Marty Reasoner
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 22TOI: 61:46
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 26TOI: 62:17
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .885SH: 1 - 1

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