ANAHEIM -- Different name, new result.
The Anaheim Ducks weren't often able to get the better of the Edmonton Oilers, even when they were Mighty, but that changed last night in the first meeting of the teams since the Western Conference final as the Ducks ran their franchise-best start to a season to 7-0-2 with a 6-2 win.
LITTLE TO YELL ABOUT
Having lost 11 of their last 12 regular-season games with Edmonton, the Ducks prevailed, giving Oilers fans little to yell about, at least until Chris Pronger Is a Jerk Night at Rexall Place Nov. 28.
While Pronger's first game against his former team was the focal point going in, youngsters Travis Moen, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Shannon were the storyline at the final buzzer as the Ducks carried the day, if not the play, on a bad night for Dwayne Roloson.
"I won't say that," coach Craig MacTavish said of Roloson. "But I'll say Roli wasn't the first star of the game and maybe that's the first game all year he hasn't been a star when he's played.
"We had quite a few breakdowns in front of him, so he picked a good night for a game like that."
Pronger made sure he got his piece of the action with three assists, but it was the kids - Moen and Getzlaf scored two goals each - who made the difference.
That, and the tough outing for Roloson, who allowed four goals on the first 13 shots he faced and came in a distant second-best to J.S. Giguere, who improved his personal slate to 6-0-2.
"It was one of those nights," said Roloson, who faced just 20 shots. "Anything that was shot was coming in bouncing. There wasn't anything clean, except for the slapper from the outside (4-2 goal).
"Anything that could go wrong, went wrong. It was one of those nights. They happen."
While it's clear the Ducks Dirty Dozen of recent seasons is history with the additions of Scott Niedermayer, who put Anaheim up 2-1, and Pronger, the Oilers weren't nearly as outclassed on the ice as they were on the scoreboard in what they were calling one of those measuring-stick game going in.
"Giguere's a great goalie. That's why he won the Conn Smythe," Roloson said. "We did a good job getting shots on him.
"We had some opportunities and he came up big for them."
As for the Ducks, they'll take the points and let the win speak for itself.
"We want to reach another level. That's all that really matters," said Teemu Selanne, asked about a revenge factor when it came to beating the Oilers. "We want to play our best game.
"Obviously, we want to set our standards really high. I don't think it's anything more special than that. We're going to be better this year and that's all that really matters right now."
AROUND THE RINK ...
Jussi Markkanen will get the start against Phoenix tonight ... Fernando Pisani, still without a goal this season, played his 200th NHL game ... Retired slugger Mark McGwire, a graduate of USC and resident of Pomona, attended the game.