In terms of a classic, it wasn’t one, and those who stayed away, didn’t miss much.
On Friday the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks played like two teams with nothing on the line. It was the type of game they probably should have played in straight time.
Corey Perry broke a 1-1 stalemate in the third period, batting the puck in past Oilers goaltender Jeff Deslauriers while on a two-man advantage. Perry added another on the second penalty giving the Ducks a 3-2 win.
The Oilers went into the contest on a three-game win streak, looking to extend it to four, which would have been a first on home ice this season.
The Ducks, meanwhile, had lost their previous two and were essentially out of the post-season race themselves, heading in 11 points back of the eighth and final playoff spot. They were also without Ryan Getzlaf, who re-aggravated a high ankle sprain suffered prior to the Olympic break and had to watch from the pressbox.
One of the few points of interests in the game was whether Teemu Selanne could score a couple of goals to surpass Jari Kurri’s career total and become the highest-scoring Finnish player in the history of the game.
Selanne came close to getting on the board in the second period, taking a feed on the fly behind the Oilers defence, but goaltender Jeff Deslauriers was able to deny him with the old-fashioned pad stack.
In the third, he was on the ice seemingly every other shift. He should have had at least one, getting the puck all alone in the slot facing an open net late in the contest, but fired it over the bar.
The Ducks got on the board first as George Parros, cruising through the slot, found a loose puck and snapped a shot between the pads of Deslauriers. The goal was Parros’s third on the year and second against the Oilers this season. He later got into a fight with Zack Stortini, leaving him an assist shy of the Gordie Howe hat trick.
Gilbert Brule tied the game in the second, pulling up along the boards and firing a knuckler that handcuffed Ducks goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
Apart from that, the chances were few and far between though the first 40 minutes.
In the third, both the Oilers and Selanne pressed for the go-ahead goal. The Finnish Flash had a couple of good opportunities but was unable to beat Deslauriers.
The Oilers, meanwhile, had issues of their own with McElhinney, who had beaten the Oilers twice while a member of the Calgary Flames.
McElhinney made a good save on Mike Comrie from in tight then had help from defenceman Sheldon Brookbank, who turned away the rebound on the goal line. He later made a great pad save on Patrick O’Sullivan from in tight.
Marc Pouliot pulled one back for the Oilers with 19.4 seconds left on a rare three-man advantage, after the Oilers pulled their goaltender and two Ducks were in the box.
The Oilers now head out on four-game road trip starting Sunday in St. Louis. They’ll return for a pair of games at Rexall Place before wrapping up the season on the road in Southern California against the Los Angeles Kings and the Ducks.