Ducks edge Oilers in Anaheim

Oilers captain Andrew Ference keeps Teemu Selanne at bay last night in Anaheim (Kelvin Kuo, USA...

Oilers captain Andrew Ference keeps Teemu Selanne at bay last night in Anaheim (Kelvin Kuo, USA Today).

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:13 PM ET

ANAHEIM — At least they didn’t get destroyed.

In a rebuild where progress is being measured in dog years and baby steps, that’s all the Edmonton Oilers had to cheer about Sunday.

They were better than they were in Friday’s hapless 4-0 loss to Vancouver, but they weren’t better than the Anaheim Ducks.

The Oilers turned in a gritty, feisty and determined effort, backed by excellent goaltending and a stellar penalty kill, but it still wasn’t good enough in a 3-2 loss to the mighty (small M), Ducks.

With the Ducks yet to lose a game at home in regulation this season (12-0-2) and the Oilers seemingly in over their heads any time they play a big, elite team, this one had major blood letting written all over it.

Instead, the Oilers made a game of it.

They were tied 1-1 after 20, down 2-1 after 40 and tied 2-2 late in the third, a bounce away from a monumental upset when Dustin Penner (remember him) won it with 3:17 left to play.


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