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Edmonton Oilers' Patrick Thoresen (left) and Petr Nedved (right) tie up Anaheim Ducks' Andy...

Edmonton Oilers' Patrick Thoresen (left) and Petr Nedved (right) tie up Anaheim Ducks' Andy McDonald during first period action in Edmonton on Thursday. (Edmonton Sun/Darryl Dyck)

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

Payback is a switch.

The last time the Edmonton Oilers saw the Anaheim Ducks, they blew a 2-0 lead and lost in overtime, seeing a five-game winning streak snapped in the process.

With considerably tougher times upon them last night at Rexall Place, the Oilers turned the tables on the struggling Ducks and overcame a 1-0 deficit thanks to second-period goals from Jason Smith and Toby Petersen on the way to a 4-1 win.

Right back at you.

"The game was there for the taking," said Petersen. "We weren't playing our best, but it was still only 1-0, so we felt fortunate to be in a position as bad as we played in the first period that we were still in striking distance."

ANAHEIM AHEAD EARLY

Behind in a game Anaheim controlled everywhere but on the scoresheet for most of the first 40 minutes, Smith and Petersen put pucks behind Ilya Bryzgalov 27 seconds apart to swing momentum the Oilers way.

When Ryan Smyth scored twice in the third period on feeds from Shawn Horcoff, the Oilers had their first win in three tries against the Ducks, who've lost two straight and eight of their last 10.

"Roli held us in there and played pretty solid the latter half of the first period," said Smyth of a win that sets up a pivotal divisional game with Calgary tomorrow.

"It's very big. We know what's up for grabs. We know it's a divisional game."

Without Ales Hemsky and having lost Jarret Stoll in the first period with a broken nose and possibly a mild concussion, the Oilers played with plenty of emotion and resilience - Matt Greene fought Travis Moen and Mathieu Roy scrapped with Shawn Thornton. Both served them well.

"I couldn't really focus out there, so it was just sort of a precaution that I came out of the game," said Stoll, who was injured when he was taken into the boards by Samuel Pahlsson.

"My nose is fine. They put it back in place. It was just that I was a little woozy. I don't expect to be out."

Teemu Selanne, who seems to score against the Oilers for fun, notched his 30th of the season and his 41st in 61 career games against Edmonton to put the Ducks on the board first.

Selanne grabbed a loose puck coughed up by Marc-Andre Bergeron and top-shelved it on Dwayne Roloson six minutes in.

ROLOSON HELD THE FORT

Roloson and some determined penalty killing kept it that way until Smith and Petersen got to Bryzgalov.

Smith found net through traffic with a slapper for just his second goal of the season at 18:55 and Petersen chipped a Fernando Pisani feed into the net at 19:22.

Then came Smyth, who notched one of his trademark three-footers when he hustled to the net and redirected a Horcoff feed with Selanne draped all over him to make it 3-1 before rubbing it in with a goalmouth tap-in just over six minutes to go.

"It wasn't the best first period for our team," Stoll said. "We came out in the second and got a big goal by Gator (Smith). There was Smytty taking over and Horc. It was guys who are leaders on our team showing up. It was a big team effort from everyone."

Staios still hurting

Defenceman Steve Staios, who is awaiting another MRI on his left knee, sat out his fifth consecutive game and indications are he'll either need prolonged rest or surgical repair, meaning he could be out for weeks rather than days.


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