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Edmonton Oilers hold off the Anaheim Ducks

Edmonton Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth (35) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry (10)...

Edmonton Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth (35) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry (10) during second period NHL action at Rexall Place, in Edmonton Alta., on Sunday April 6, 2014. (David Bloom/QMI Agency)

Derek Van Diest, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:04 AM ET

It’s becoming pretty clear now that if the NHL expanded its playoffs to 28 teams, the Edmonton Oilers would be one those clubs nobody wants in the first round.

After beating Anaheim and Phoenix in their last two games, and pushing the Ducks and Sharks to the brink in a pair of stirring one-goal battles on the road, the Oilers are suddenly giving some of the best teams in the league all they can handle.

They scored three unanswered goals in the second period and held on for a 4-2 victory Sunday at Rexall Place.

The Ducks began the day a point up on San Jose for top spot in the Pacific Division with two games in hand. If they can keep the lead, they’ll play the first wildcard team in the opening round of the playoffs instead of the powerful and surging Los Angeles Kings. So they had a lot to play for.

They went up 1-0 just 1:20 into the first period, but the Oilers took over from there, scoring three goals and winning three fights in the second period to grab the momentum with both hands.

The Oilers tied it up 6:17 into the second on Taylor Hall’s 27th of the season, then David Perron scored shorthanded at 9:21 for his 27th of the season and finally Justin Schultz made it 3-1 after 40 minutes with a tap in at the back door at 16:38.

The Ducks, 11-0-1 in their last 12 games against Edmonton, were in trouble.

Corey Perry scored 25 seconds into the third period to cut the lead to 3-2, but they couldn’t get the equalizer.

Jordan Eberle added an empty netter for his 27th of the season.


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