April 9, 2013
Playoff chances slipping as Oilers lose to Ducks

Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano (7) jumps over a fallen Ryan Smyth around the opposition net during Monday night's NHL game. (Reuters)

ANAHEIM - The Edmonton Oilers needed a victory to keep their playoff chances alive and nearly used the rope-a-dope to get one.

However, former Oilers winger and NHL veteran Radek Dvorak wasn't falling for it, scoring two goals for the Ducks in a 2-1 victory.

The loss was another blow to the Oilers playoff aspirations, having dropped three straight, making the mountain they have to climb even higher.

Nick Schultz scored the lone goal for the Oilers, while Devan Dubnyk did his best to keep his team in the game, turning aside 36 shots in the contest.

The Oilers had an opportunity to catch the Anaheim Ducks flat-footed Monday night, with the host having won an emotional contest against the Los Angeles Kings the night before. The Ducks weren’t all in against the Oilers at puck drop, but eventually did take flight.