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Brodziak makes amends

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

Kyle Brodziak knew the longer he went without scoring, the tougher it would be to live down his colossal miss.

Teammates were already giving him the gears prior to last night's encounter against the Anaheim Ducks.

However, the ribbing can stop because Brodziak made up for his gaff against the Colorado Avalanche by scoring against the Ducks.

"It feels pretty good," Brodziak said. "(Tom) Gilbert was joking around that I could score from a terrible angle, but I can't hit an open net, so it feels good to get one back."

Brodziak scored the third goal 10.2 seconds from the end of the second period, 26 seconds after Shawn Horcoff had given the Oilers the lead en route to a 5-1 win over the Ducks at Rexall Place.

Brodziak took a pass in front from Marty Reasoner and snapped it past Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Brodziak had a lot less room to shoot at then he did against Colorado, where facing a wide open net, rung his shot off the crossbar.

SIMPLE STUFF

"After Horc's goal, I think there were only 30 seconds left in the period and we just wanted to get the puck in their zone," Brodziak said.

"I think Tico (Raffi Torres) did a good job getting the puck turned over and I got a pass right in front by Marty. It was a good play, but it came from something simple, just getting it into their zone."

Horcoff had given the Oilers the lead moments earlier, benefiting from a fortunate bounce and firing a shot over the shoulder of Giguere.

The two goals came on the heals of impressive penalty killing in the period.

The Oilers were forced to kill off four consecutive penalties which included a two-man disadvantage for 1:22 in the period after Horcoff was assessed a questionable interference penalty in the offensive zone and Reasoner was busted on a cheap hooking call while short-handed.

"That was the turning point in the game obviously," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"I think specifically that save Roli (Dwayne Roloson) made on (Ryan) Getzlaf. I don't know how he saw it, I think the spider senses were tingling and he got over there quickly. That would have got them back in the game and it was a big play in the game."

The Oilers goaltender was making his fourth consecutive start and was once again solid in goal. He was the main reason the Ducks could not convert on their power-play opportunities.

That and the fact despite having Chris Pronger on the point the Ducks aren't very good with the man advantage. Coming in Anaheim had the 27th ranked power play in the league.

Yet had it not been for the great save on Getzlaf while two-men short, the Ducks would have capitalized on at least one man advantage.

Roloson read a Pronger pass from the point and slid across the net in time to rob Getzlaf at the side of the net.

"I was just trying to get over there as quick as I could," Roloson said. "You can't cheat because Prongs has a great shot coming across. He likes to come across and fire it back, so you just try to stay with him then get over there and stay with the puck."

In the first period, it was the Ducks who were taking all the penalties as they drew three consecutive minors, one of which the Oilers converted on.

Ales Hemsky opened the scoring when he and Horcoff played give-and-go at the side of the net. Giguere didn't read the play well allowing Hemsky to slide the puck easily past him after getting it back from Horcoff out of the corner.

HEMSKY OUT

Hemsky eventually left the game with a knee contusion and will be evaluated further today.

The Ducks tied the game later in the period when Ryan Getzlaf bounced a centring pass off Joni Pitkanen's skate past Roloson.

Early in the third period the Oilers extended their lead as Tom Gilbert sent Andrew Cogliano in all alone on Giguere. The Oilers rookie froze the Ducks goaltender with a shoulder dip then snapped a shot past him. That was it for Giguere who was not too impressed getting the hook, slamming his goal stick down on the bench.

Jonas Hiller entered the game in relief and was promptly beaten by Steve Staios, who looked like a regular sniper, jumping in on a rush and firing a shot over the shoulder of the Ducks goaltender.

The five goals matched an Oiler high for the season. The win was also the second over the Ducks this year. The two teams will meet again tomorrow in Anaheim.

"This is the first time in a long time we were able to catch a breath in the third period," MacTavish said. "It was a nice change."


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