Penner helps Oilers down Ducks

ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Dustin Penner scored twice against
his former teammates, Dwayne Roloson made 51 saves, and the
Edmonton Oilers beat Anaheim, 5-3, on Friday night to vault over
the Ducks in the battle for a playoff berth.

Edmonton moved into seventh with 81 points in the race for the
eight Western Conference playoff spots. Anaheim and Nashville
are tied for eighth place with 80 points.

The Ducks set a regular-season franchise record with their 54
shots. The Oilers got off just 20 shots, and were outshot 24-3
in the third period.

Ending a three-game losing skid and snapping the Ducks’ win
streak at five, the Oilers scored on their first two shots for a
2-0 lead just 1:48 in, then added another pair of goals just
nine seconds apart in the second period.

Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere was pulled twice and
replaced by Jonas Hiller, the first time after giving up two
goals on the opening two shots, and the second and last time
after allowing two more goals in the second period.

Ryan Getzlaf led the Ducks with two goals and an assist, and
Corey Perry scored at 3:25 of the third period to narrow the gap
to 4-3 before Edmonton’s Ales Kotalik added an empty-net goal
with 12 seconds remaining.

Penner scored his second of the game and 17th of the season with
a shot from near the right post at 2:40 of the second, sliding
the puck into the net just inside the left post. Kyle Brodziak
immediately followed with a 35-foot slap shot from the slot that
sailed past Giguere, who was screened on the play, giving
Edmonton a 4-2 pad at 2:49 of the second.

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Perry scored his 27th goal when he skated from behind the goal
line, all the way across the slot, then wristed a shot past

Penner scored his first of the night just 1:11 in. Fernando
Pisani made it 2-0 37 seconds later, and Anaheim coach Randy
Carlyle pulled Giguere. But, following a skirmish between the
Ducks’ George Parros and the Oilers’ Jean-Francois Jacques that
stopped the clock, Giguere returned and Hiller left after only
two seconds had ticked off.

After putting each of its first two shots in the net, Edmonton
got off just two more the rest of the period.

Getzlaf narrowed the margin to 2-1 at 5:54 of the first.

Penner’s 16th goal was set up by Shawn Horcoff, who sliced
across the crease and slid a pass between Giguere’s pads to
Penner near the right post. Pisani notched his fifth of the
season with a 20-footer down the slot that beat Giguere high on
the glove side.

Perry passed across the crease to Getzlaf just to the right of
the crease to set up the Ducks’ first goal.