ANAHEIM, Calif. – Dustin Penner provided the Anaheim Ducks with a reminder of what they lost when he left to join the Edmonton Oilers.
While the Ducks continued to struggle to find their scoring touch, Penner set up in the crease and scored a first period goal off a deflection as Edmonton completed a sweep of a home-and-home series against Anaheim with a 4-0 victory Sunday.
Raffi Torres, Joni Pitkanen and Tom Gilbert also scored for the Oilers who have won four of their last five games.
Mathieu Garon made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season and 12th of his career.
The Oilers also took a 5-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champs in Edmonton Friday. That win was somewhat costly however, as the team lost forwards Ales Hemsky (knee bruise) and Geoff Sanderson (back). Neither made the trip to Anaheim for the rematch.
Edmonton was able to get Fernando Pisani back into the lineup for his season debut Sunday after a prolonged battle with ulcerative colitis which flared up this summer. The condition limits his ability to retain food and resulted in extended period of hospitalization. He lost 30 pounds, while missing training camp and the first two months of the season.
The Ducks continue to search for consistent play and secondary offence. They have lost three of their last four games, while being outscored 16-8.
Sunday’s contest marked the second appearance by Penner in Anaheim after he signed a five-year, US$21.5 million offer sheet by the Oilers in August, which the Ducks refused to match.
The second-year forward had 29 goals for the Ducks last season, second only to Teemu Selanne. The Oilers also took a 3-2 shootout win in Anaheim on Oct. 28 in Penner’s first game against his former team.
Torres got Edmonton going Sunday, swiping in rebound of a Zack Storini shot to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead 9:29 after the opening faceoff.
Working on their third power play of the first period, Robert Nilsson whisked a pass form the right corner toward the crease. The puck caromed off the stick of Anaheim defenceman Francois Beauchemin and then off Penner’s right glove, falling past goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere for a 2-0 Edmonton lead.
Set up with any early power play in the second, Pitkanen drilled a slap shot in from the left point for a three-goal lead. Just 2:04 later defenceman, Gilbert slid through the Ducks defence and sent a wrist shot past Giguere and it was 4-0.
Anaheim had an extended 5-on-3 opportunity to try and get back in the game minutes later, but could only come as close as hitting the post.
Notes: Ducks F Todd Bertuzzi was able to play Sunday. He left Friday’s game and did not return after being hit in the left knee by a shot from Mathieu Schneider in the third period. … LW Patrick Thorensen made his NHL debut for the Oilers.