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game recap

Oilers 4, Ducks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Oilers 4, Ducks 1
Anaheim Ducks 1, Edmonton Oilers 4

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -Denied a chance to boo Chris Pronger again, Ryan Smyth gave Edmonton Oilers fans something to cheer about.

Smyth had two goals and an assist as Edmonton beat Anaheim 4-1 Thursday night for the Oilers' first win in three games against the injury-riddled and struggling Ducks this season.

"It was a very important win for this team," Smyth said. "We want to get ourselves back in a playoff position. We feel we have a good bunch of guys here despite a few injuries here and there. We have a lot of character."

Jason Smith and Toby Petersen also scored 27 seconds apart late in the second period for the Oilers, winners of two straight and four of their last six.

"We started off pretty slow and found our rhythm," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "It was a good game for us. We had a good finish to the second and then maybe our best period in the third. Given the extent of the injuries we have it was a pretty resilient effort by the guys."

The game drew a sellout crowd, largely due to the second scheduled appearance for former Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger - who asked to be traded in the offseason after leading Edmonton to the Stanley Cup finals.

Pronger, who has not played since breaking his left foot on Dec. 31, was booed every time he touched the puck in his first trip back on Nov. 28.

Teemu Selanne had the lone goal for the Ducks, 2-6-2 in their last 10 games.

"We're making too many mistakes right now," Selanne said. "As a team we don't have too much confidence. Too many guys heads go down. It's tough right now. It's pretty frustrating. Right now we are not playing a full 60 minutes.

"But we have to stay positive and stick together. Obviously we can do things better."

Anaheim opened the scoring at 6:27, thanks to an Edmonton miscue. Marc-Andre Bergeron gave up the puck to Selanne deep in the Oilers' zone and the veteran winger beat goalie Dwayne Roloson to the glove side for his 30th goal of the season.

Edmonton surged ahead with two goals late in the second and Smyth sealed it with his goals in the third.

Smith tied the score when his shot from the point at 18:55 of the second found its way through a maze of players and went between Anaheim goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's legs. Just 27 seconds later, a bouncing puck found it's way to Petersen in front of the Ducks net and he batted it in.

"We knew we had to come out hard in the second," Petersen said. "The game was still there for the taking. We felt fortunate to be in a position to come back after playing as bad as we did in the first period."

Edmonton went ahead 3-1 at 8:35 of the third when Shawn Horcoff's centring pass hit Selanne's skate, then went in off Smyth's stick. The Oilers' forward added his 23rd goal of the season at 13:47, deflecting a perfect pass from Horcoff past a helpless Bryzgalov.

Both teams play Calgary next. The Ducks visit the Flames on Friday before Edmonton hosts Calgary the following night.

Notes: Edmonton F Jarret Stoll left the game midway through the first with a fractured nose after a hit along the boards, and did not return due to dizzy spells. ... Edmonton RW Ales Hemsky was a late-day scratch with an upper body injury. He is listed as day-to-day ... Selanne's first-period goal marked the ninth time in his career he has managed to hit the 30-goal mark.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:27
ANA
Teemu Selanne (30) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 ANA
2nd Period
18:55
EDM
Jason Smith (2) ASST: Ryan Smyth (13), Jan Hejda (5)
1 - 1 Tie
19:22
EDM
Toby Petersen (2) ASST: Fernando Pisani (8), Raffi Torres (16)
2 - 1 EDM
3rd Period
08:35
EDM
Ryan Smyth (22) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (19), Dwayne Roloson (1)
3 - 1 EDM
13:47
EDM
Ryan Smyth (23) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (20), Joffrey Lupul (7)
4 - 1 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
01:34
EDM
Petr Nedved  Hooking against  Dustin Penner
02:01
EDM
Dwayne Roloson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
02:30
ANA
Chris Kunitz  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dwayne Roloson
03:25
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Tripping against  Jan Hejda
07:55
ANA
Travis Moen  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Greene
07:55
EDM
Matt Greene  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Moen
18:15
ANA
Shawn Thornton  Delay of game - bench
2nd Period
00:35
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Holding against  Patrick Thoresen
13:17
EDM
Shawn Horcoff  Hooking against  Samuel Pahlsson
16:44
ANA
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Mathieu Roy
16:44
EDM
Mathieu Roy  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
3rd Period
14:46
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Interference against  Petr Sykora
goalie stats
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 20TOI: 59:59
Saves: 16EV: 15 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .958SH: 1 - 1

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