NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Edmonton
(Friday, March 26th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Corey Perry notched a pair of power-play goals late in the third period as Anaheim squeezed by Edmonton, 3-2, at Rexall Place.
George Parros also lit the lamp while Teemu Selanne added two assists for the Ducks, who snapped a two-game slide and have won five of seven overall.
Curtis McElhinney stopped 34-of-36 shots for his fifth win of the season.
"It's a tough situation for both teams. You have an 82-game season and you have to play until the end no matter how your team is doing. It's at this point when the pride comes in," said Ducks forward Saku Koivu.
Gilbert Brule and Marc Pouliot scored for the Oilers, whose three-game win streak ended. Jeff Deslauriers made 37 saves in defeat.
Anaheim took a 2-1 lead on the power play with 7 1/2 minutes left in regulation, when Perry managed to knock his own rebound out of the air in the crease and send it past Deslauriers and a pair of sliding Oiler defenders.
Perry added a second power-play score 1:35 later, when he quickly slammed home the rebound of a Selanne shot.
The Oilers had a 6-on-4 advantage for well over a minute with a power play and their net empty but failed to convert, but capitalized on a 6-on-3 advantage with 20 seconds remaining on a Pouliot stuffer.
Parros snuck a shot between Deslauriers' pads from the slot at 8:18 of the first period and the Ducks led by a goal after one.
Brule's sizzling slapper from the left circle tied the game at 5:52 of the second period.
"We didn't have a good first period and get off to the start we wanted. We were kind of playing catch-up even thought the score was tied. We couldn't put enough shifts together in a row," said Oilers forward Patrick O'Sullivan.
Anaheim has won all three games over Edmonton this season...The Ducks missed forward Ryan Getzlaf with a sprained left ankle he suffered in Wednesday's loss in Vancouver...Anaheim has won five in a row in Edmonton...Selanne remained on 600 career goals, one behind Jari Kurri for most all-time by a Finnish-born player.
03/27 02:47:23 ET