Doubly Ducky

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Heading into last night's contest the Edmonton Oilers knew they would be in tough.

Having knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champions two nights earlier in convincing fashion, they expected the Anaheim Ducks to come out fired up in front of their own fans.

Perhaps they were a little too fired up, though.

The Ducks took penalty after penalty trying to establish a physical presence last night, and the Oilers made them pay with a pair of power-play markers in a 4-0 win at the Honda Center.

"They took three penalties in the first period and we ended up capitalizing on the last one," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. "It's always a double-edge sword when you try and run a team out of the building like that.

"The way our defence played tonight and the way they moved the puck, it was tough to get to them."

With the win the Oilers took both games of the home-and-home series. More impressively, they did it without Ales Hemsky in the lineup who stayed home after banging his knee in Friday's 5-1 win over the Ducks in Edmonton.

"I think when you come on the road after you beat a team like that, you're going to expect a real good game from them," said Oilers centre Shawn Horcoff, who finished with a pair of assists on the night. "They came pretty hard, pretty aggressively and you have to give our defencemen credit, they made a lot of plays out there."

Raffi Torres opened the scoring in the first period, depositing a rebound Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere had kicked to him making a save on Zack Stortini.

Dustin Penner then extended the lead on the power play - just as the Oilers drew it up - having the puck bounce up off his face and into the net.

The goal came with Corey Perry serving a hooking minor assessed in the offensive zone. In fact, all three penalties the Ducks took in the first period came in the offensive zone.

In the second, Joni Pitkanen, the target of most of the Ducks aggression, scored his second goal of the season as his point-shot found it's way through a maze of skates past Giguere.

The Ducks goaltender didn't get a good look at the shot with Chris Pronger and Raffi Torres waging an epic battle for position in front of the net.

Tom Gilbert added a fourth, making the most of a good feed from Sam Gagner and firing a shot past Giguere.

"We knew that they were going to be aggressive," Horcoff said. "We knew that if we kept our feet moving, we were going to be able to create some power plays for ourselves and we did. Then when we did we were able to capitalize."

MathieuGaron earned the shutout with a 25-save performance. It was his second shutout of the season, his first coming in a goaltending duel with Roberto Luongo in Vancouver in a 1-0 shootout win.

Garon's best save of the night came late as he stretched out to get a leg on a shot from Kent Huskins. He also got some help from his defencemen, in particular Allan Rourke, who got down to block a Ryan Getzlaf shot heading for an open net.

"I felt good tonight, and I think scoring two goals early in the game really helped," Garon said. "It makes it a lot easier on the goalie, especially when you have a four-goal lead midway through the game."

Tonight, the Oilers wrap-up their two-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings.


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