Ducks don't quack under Oilers pressure
Derek Van Diest, QMI AGENCY
|Edmonton's goaltender Devan Dubnyk shuts the door on Anaheim's Niklas Hagman as Nick Schultz, No. 15, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins pitch in during Thursday's game at Rexall Place. (Codie McLachlan, Edmonton Sun)
The Edmonton Oilers were looking to give their fans something to hang their hats on as they wrapped up their regular-season home schedule Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks.
Unfortunately for those who showed up at Rexall Place, they got more of the same as Ryan Getzlaf scored the overtime winner to give the Ducks a 3-2 win.
The loss was the Oilers fourth straight and ninth in their last 11 at home.
They finish with an 18-17-6 record at home and will wrap up the season Saturday in Vancouver against the Canucks.
Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle scored for the Oilers, while Andrew Cogliano and Bobby Ryan countered for the Ducks.
The Oilers came out strong and took the play to the Ducks, who appeared to be making a late push to get into the NHL lottery.
The Ducks registered just two shots in the opening period, one which was awarded after the teams had already gone to their respective dressing rooms.
The Oilers outshot the Ducks 11-2 in the opening frame but were unable to beat Jeff Deslauriers who was playing in just his fourth game of the season for Anaheim.
Deslauriers had something to prove, having lost the Oilers backup job to Dubnyk two seasons ago, getting demoted to their AHL franchise, and eventually being cut loose.
Deslauriers made a number of quality saves early, turning aside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a couple of occasions, getting a pad on a Colten Teubert effort and stopping Shawn Horcoff from in tight.
The best chance of the period actually fell to Eric Belanger, but he failed to hit the net from a couple of feet out after Sam Gagner found him alone in front of the net.
In the second, the Oilers continued to press, but the Ducks started to work their way back into the contest and actually began to play in front of their goaltender.
It was Gagner, however, who opened the scoring, collecting a loose puck in front and sliding it past Deslauriers.
The Oilers centre had started the play by flipping a long pass out of the zone which Ryan Jones was able to chase down. Jones centred the puck to Jeff Petry who was able to get a stick on it and direct it off the post before Gagner got to it.
A couple of minutes prior to the goal, Darcy Hordichuk and George Parros injected some life into the contest, squaring off in a short, but spirited bout, in which both combatants landed a solid punch.
The two had mixed it up earlier when Hordichuk took a run at Ducks defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky in the corner.
The Oilers appeared to be in control of the contest after Gagner’s goal until Cogliano was able to sneak a shot in on the short-side past Dubnyk.
Just 36 seconds later, Ryan got to a rebound in front to give the Ducks the lead heading into the third.
Eberle tied the game in the third period, undressing Deslauriers after being put in alone by Nugent-Hopkins, sending the game into the extra session where Getzlaf ended it.