EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) — Jonas Hiller made a career-high 51
saves before denying all three shooters in the shootout as the
Anaheim Ducks pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers
Corey Perry scored the lone goal of the bonus format and also
scored on a power play in regulation for the Ducks, who
squandered a two-goal lead in the opener of a five-game road
Rob Niedermayer had a shorthanded goal for Anaheim, which won
for the fourth time in six games thanks to Hiller.
“He gave us a chance to win and, obviously, he was the best
player on the ice and that’s what you need sometimes when you go
out on the road,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said of the
Kyle Brodziak and Erik Cole each netted a goal in the third
period and Dwayne Roloson stopped 34 shots for the Oilers, who
suffered their third straight loss.
“It’s a start I guess,” Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said of
the comeback. “It sure ended up a lot better than it looked
like it was going to. It looked like it was a train wreck in
the process and then we battled hard through it.”
Perry got the Ducks off to a great start in the shootout,
starting out wide before breaking in on the goal and deking
Roloson on the short side.
That was all Hiller would need. He turned aside Marc Pouliot,
Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner in the bonus format to secure the
“I was happy to be right in the game,” Hiller said. “Sometimes,
it’s better to have a lot of shots then just a couple so it was
easy to find my game and easy to be in the game, and it felt
good. I am happy that I could help the team for that win.”
The Ducks took a 2-0 edge into the final session, but Edmonton
halved the deficit when Zachery Stortini redirected defenseman
Lubomir Visnovsky’s shot to Brodziak, who fired a quick shot
into the open net at 6:32.
After Hiller made a series of spectacular saves on a 5-on-3
disadvantage, Anaheim took a foolish delay of game penalty and
Cole converted on the ensuing power play to tie the game with
6:03 remaining in the contest.
“It’s good that we were able to come back and get a point but at
the same time, we let another one slip away,” Cole said. “Maybe
if we had been a bit sharper on the execution of our power play,
then we wouldn’t have been in that situation. We had several
opportunities to take control of the game and we didn’t.”
Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, who was playing in his 1,100th
career game, left the contest early in the first period with a
laceration on his left thigh.
“I guess he got a pretty good cut,” Anaheim captain Scott
Niedermayer said. “I don’t know the exact details but you just
hope for the best. Obviously, he is an important player for
Selanne will return to Anaheim on Saturday to be evaluated.