- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 28, 2009

ANAHEIM, CALIF. (AP) - Dustin Penner scored twice against his former teammates, Dwayne Roloson made 51 saves, and the Edmonton Oilers beat Anaheim 5-3 on Friday night to vault over the Ducks in the battle for a playoff berth.

Edmonton moved into seventh with 81 points in the race for the eight Western Conference playoff spots. Anaheim and Nashville are tied for the eighth with 80 points.

The Ducks set a regular-season franchise record with their 54 shots. The Oilers got off just 20 shots, and were outshot 24-3 in the third period.

Ending a three-game losing skid and snapping the Ducks’ win streak at five, the Oilers scored on their first two shots for a 2-0 lead just 1:48 in, then added another pair of goals just 9 seconds apart in the second period.

Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere was pulled twice and replaced by Jonas Hiller, the first time after giving up two goals on the opening two shots, and the second and last time after allowing two more goals in the second period.



Ryan Getzlaf led the Ducks with two goals and an assist, and Corey Perry scored at 3:25 of the third period to narrow the gap to 4-3 before Edmonton’s Ales Kotalik added an empty-net goal with 12 seconds remaining.

Penner scored his second of the game and 17th of the season with a shot from near the right post at 2:40 of the second, sliding the puck into the net just inside the left post. Kyle Brodziak immediately followed with a 35-foot slap shot from the slot that sailed past Giguere, who was screened on the play, giving Edmonton a 4-2 pad at 2:49 of the second.

Perry scored his 27th goal when he skated from behind the goal line, all the way across the slot, then wristed a shot past Roloson.

Penner scored his first of the night just 1:11 in. Fernando Pisani made it 2-0 37 seconds later, and Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle pulled Giguere. But, following a skirmish between the Ducks’ George Parros and the Oilers’ Jean-Francois Jacques that stopped the clock, Giguere returned and Hiller left after only 2 seconds had ticked off.

After putting each of their first two shots in the net, Edmonton got off just two more the rest of the period.

Getzlaf narrowed the margin to 2-1 at 5:54 of the first.

Penner’s 16th goal was set up by Shawn Horcoff, who sliced across the crease and slid a pass between Giguere’s pads to Penner near the right post. Pisani notched his fifth of the season with a 20-footer down the slot that beat Giguere high on the glove side.

Perry passed across the crease to Getzlaf just to the right of the crease to set up the Ducks’ first goal.

Notes:@ The Ducks’ former record for shots was 52, set on Jan. 10, 1997, against Buffalo. Anaheim won 5-2. … After a scrum in front of the Oilers’ goal in the second period, Roloson drew a penalty for leaving the crease that started during a fracas with a scrum in front of the Oilers’ net, continued behind it and resulted in two penalties for each team. … Roloson extended his team record with his 31st consecutive start. … The Ducks and Oilers wrap up their season series Tuesday night in Edmonton.

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