Hall has goal, 2 assists in Oilers' win over Ducks
- Associated Press
- April 6, 2014 - 10:35 PM
EDMONTON, Alberta — Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Sunday night.
David Perron, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz also scored for the Oilers (28-42-9), who have won two in a row.
It is the third time the teams have met in the past two weeks. The Oilers beat the Ducks 4-3 in overtime on March 28, and Anaheim edged Edmonton 3-2 on Wednesday.
Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks (50-20-8), who have lost two straight and remained just one point ahead of the idle San Jose Sharks in the Pacific.
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead just 1:20 into the game. Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth made the initial stop on Silfverberg, but the rebound caromed off of teammate Sam Gagner and trickled into the net.
The Oilers nearly tied it with five minutes left in the first when Perron made a nice pass to a hard-charging Ryan Smyth, but goalie Jonas Hiller quickly came across and made the save.
The Oilers did get even six minutes into the second period with a power-play goal when Hall banked in a goal off Hiller with a shot from the side of the net for his 27th of the season.
Perron kept pace with Hall for the team's goal-scoring lead three minutes later while Edmonton was short-handed. He beat Hiller with an off-balance shot from the right circle for his 27th. It was Edmonton's fourth short-handed goal of the season.
The Oilers took a 3-1 lead with just over three minutes left in the second period when Eberle swung a puck out front, and the rebound remained loose in the crease before a pinching Schultz tapped it in.
The Ducks got back within a goal during a power play just 25 seconds into the third period when Perry tipped a Ryan Getzlaf's long wrist shot from the point past Fasth for his 42nd goal.
Edmonton withstood a ton of pressure before getting an insurance goal. Eberle also scored his team-leading 27th with an empty-net goal.
Fasth made 34 saves to earn his first win against his former team.
NOTES: It was the fifth and final meeting between the Oilers and Ducks this season. Anaheim went 3-1-1 in the series. The Ducks had won 12 of the past 15 games in Edmonton. ... The Ducks allowed six first-period goals in their three games heading into Edmonton. ... With the playoffs looming, Anaheim rested its two oldest players, Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu. The Ducks were also without G Frederik Andersen (upper body) and D Cam Fowler (knee). ... LW Jesse Joensuu (ankle), LW Ryan Jones (knee), RW Tyler Pitlick (knee), LW Luke Gazdic (shoulder), RW Nail Yakupov (ankle) and D Andrew Ference (chest) sat out for Edmonton.
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