NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Edmonton
(Tuesday, March 31st)
Final Score: Anaheim 5, Edmonton 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Scott Niedermayer tallied a goal and two assists and the Anaheim Ducks temporarily moved into playoff position with a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Rob Niedermayer added two goals while Sheldon Brookbank scored his first NHL goal and Chris Pronger also scored for the surging Ducks, who have won seven of their last eight games overall and are now tied with Nashville (84 points) for the final two playoff seeds in the Western Conference. The idle St. Louis Blues are one point back with 83.
"We weren't in the playoff picture for a while, so we're just focusing on playing well right now," said Teemu Selanne. "We're just putting everything else aside, forgetting about the standings, forgetting about who's doing what and just plugging away, and that's what we have to keep doing."
Jonas Hiller made 28 saves in the win.
Andrew Cogliano, Denis Grebeshkov and Zack Stortini scored for the Oilers, who have dropped five of six and sit three points behind Nashville and Anaheim.
The Predators, Ducks and Oilers all have five games remaining while the Blues have six games still on their schedule.
Anaheim held a comfortable 4-1 lead late in the third period, but Grebeshkov's goal with 3:27 remaining in regulation made things interesting.
Still trailing by two, Edmonton drew within one and brought the home crowd to a frenzy when Stortini beautifully deflected home a Tom Gilbert point shot.
The Oilers then tried to gain another power play by asking for a stick measurement, but the move backfired as the legal stick created the minor penalty on Edmonton rather than the desired result.
"I don't think there should be too much criticism for that call," said Edmonton's Ethan Moreau. "If it works, we would've had a great chance to tie the game. It didn't work, so it doesn't look great. A lot of the players looked at the stick and the consensus was that it was very thick, but it backfired."
Roloson was pulled despite the Oilers being short-handed and Rob Niedermayer's empty-netter capped the scoring.
The Oilers grabbed a 1-0 lead with a power-play tally midway through the opening period. A pass by Ales Kotalik from the lower right circle across the slot found the stick of Cogliano, whose wrister from the inner rim of the opposite circle beat Hiller.
Brookbank's first career goal knotted the contest with 5:47 remaining in the first period. He accepted a drop pass in the left slot from Ryan Getzlaf and fired home a wrist shot past Roloson's near-side shoulder.
The Ducks gained control of the contest with three goals in the middle stanza.
Only 33 seconds into the session, nifty passing on the power play led to Scott Niedermayer's 13th goal. Getzlaf held control along the left side and passed to Selanne inside the near circle. Selanne one-timed a pass into the slot for another one-timer, this one a shot by Niedermayer that lit the lamp.
Another power-play marker at the 5:13 mark gave the visitors a two-goal edge. With Gilbert in the box serving a four-minute high-sticking double minor, the Ducks worked the puck around the perimeter of their offensive zone. Scott Niedermayer corralled the puck near the left half-wall and passed across the high slot to Pronger, whose laser one-timer from above the right circle flew into the back of the cage.
Rob Niedermayer capped the three-goal surge with 1:25 to go before the second intermission when his wrister from a sharp angle inside the lower portion of the right circle found its way through Roloson.
This was the third three-point game of the season for Scott Niedermayer...With two assists, Getzlaf established a career-high in points with 83...The Ducks were 3-for-4 on the power play, while the Oilers were 1-for-5 with the extra skater.
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