Oilers lose to Ducks in OT

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:54 PM ET

"You sold out! You sold out!"

For all the time they had to simmer on their spite, Edmonton Oilers fans didn't quite get it right in letting Chris Pronger have an earful upon his return to Rexall Place last night.

He had blown town last summer after the first year of a five-year deal for love, not money.

The Oilers didn't get it right either, as they blew a 2-0 lead and a five-game winning streak in one fell swoop as the Anaheim Ducks overcame a two-goal deficit and then got the winner from Ryan Getzlaf 2:19 into overtime in a 3-2 victory.

Chant about that one.

"They fight right to the bitter end," said Ryan Smyth, who turned over the puck on the play that led to Getzlaf's winner. "Give them credit for that."

With a 1.48 goals-against average and a stunning .950 saves percentage in winning his last six starts, it looked like Dwayne Roloson might steal the show.

But Chris Kunitz got the Ducks to OT with the Oilers on their heels, then Getzlaf settled it on Smyth's gaffe.

"They turned up their game a little bit," said Roloson, who had a stellar effort dashed when Kunitz beat him with a backhand at 19:43. "They got to the forecheck and made us create a lot of turnovers."

FOUR GOALS

Torched for four goals on the first 13 shots he faced in a 6-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim Oct. 25, Roloson was 17 ticks from extending the Oilers' win streak to six games and his own roll to seven.

"It was a little bit of a tease because it looked inevitable they were going to get a goal," said coach Craig MacTavish.

"We played, basically, the whole third period in our own zone. I guess we got, basically, what we deserved.'

Roloson went to work in the second period with the Oilers up 1-0 on Marty Reasoner's fourth goal of the season in an opening 20 minutes the Oilers dominated.

First, Roloson stiffed Kunitz on a deflection to keep it 1-0 early in the middle frame, then he bettered that with a 2-0 lead after Fernando Pisani banked a shot off Smyth's skate behind J.S. Giguere.

BUZZING CROWD

Then, with the crowd still buzzing about Pisani's bankshot, Anaheim's Ryan Shannon had what looked like an open net from a sharp angle, but Roloson dove across the crease and denied him, setting off an ovation.

The Ducks finally got a sniff as Teemu Selanne snapped a string of 26 straight successful penalty kills by the Oilers when he deflected a shot by Pronger past Roloson 12 minutes into the second.

That's all Roloson gave up until Kunitz got payback for Roloson's earlier theft, sending the teams to overtime and setting the stage for Getzlaf.

"Obviously, it's disappointing any time you get beat that late in the game," said Reasoner.

"We didn't play the way we could for the majority of the game. We let them take the play to us too much, especially when we got up two goals. I think we sat back a little too much. As a result, you're waiting for bad things to happen, and they did."

AROUND THE RINK: Steve Staios took the morning skate, but missed his second straight game with a sprained left knee. His place was taken by Jan Hejda.


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