NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Edmonton
(Thursday, January 15th)
Final Score: Edmonton 1, Anaheim 0
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Tommy Salo made 28 saves to record his second shutout of the season and 36th of his career, as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 1-0, at Rexall Place.
"Tommy played great, especially in the second period when they had a couple of power plays," stated Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.
Ales Hemsky scored the game's only goal to help the Oilers win their second straight game.
Ethan Moreau assisted on Hemsky's 10th goal of the season, helping Edmonton continue its dominance over Anaheim. The win was the Oilers' sixth straight over the Mighty Ducks and 11th in 13 tries (11-1-1). Edmonton also won its ninth straight over Anaheim in Alberta.
Martin Gerber made 15 saves in the losing effort for the Mighty Ducks, who remained winless in their last eight games (0-5-3). Anaheim has not won yet this year, posting its last victory on December 31 at Carolina.
Hemsky scored the game's lone goal with a pretty finish late in the opening stanza. With 5:57 remaining in the period, Moreau lofted a pass to Hemsky at the Ducks' blue line. The Anaheim defender got a piece of the puck, but the disc caromed on edge to the streaking Hemsky, who chipped the puck over Gerber and into the top of the net.
"It was nice to score and bring some of my confidence back. The puck was bouncing and I just snapped it," Hemsky explained of the tally.
As solid as Salo was in the first period when he made seven saves, he was even more impressive in the second stanza. The active goaltender, who also shutout the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, stopped all 13 shots that came his way in the second period. He then sent back all eight shots he faced in the final stanza to preserve the shutout and the victory for Edmonton.
The shutout was the second in four games for Salo...Hemsky scored his first goal in 10 games while recording his third game-winning goal of the season...Edmonton is 13-0-0 when leading after two periods of play...Anaheim fell to 1-16-2-0 when trailing after two.
01/16 01:15:46 ET