Taylor Hall scored his team-leading 15th goal and 45th point of the season but it wasn't enough to get the Oilers past the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night at Rexall Place as they dropped a 3-1 decision and were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Cam Fowler, Kyle Palmieri and Corey Perry lit the lamp and Jonas Hiller made 27 saves for the Ducks in the victory.
Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:
THE TURNING POINT
The Oilers were poised to head into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead on Taylor Hall's goal a minute into the game, but the Ducks tied it up on the power play with 1.1 seconds on the clock. It was the first of three unanswered tallies for the visitors.
PLAY OF THE GAME
The Ducks saved their best goal of the night for last, 8:53 into the final frame, as Bobby Ryan got the puck on the half-wall and dished it to Ryan Getzlaf, who skated across the slot and found Corey Perry on the doorstep for the tic-tac-toe tap-in.
Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller was perfect for the final 59 minutes of Sunday's game after Taylor Hall's goal 60 seconds in, turning aside 27 of Edmonton's 28 shots to pick up the win. He was especially strong in the third as the Oilers had 12 shots on goal.
THE UNSUNG HERO
Despite the losing result, Taylor Hall was once again a bright spot for the Oilers, scoring his 15th goal of the year, in addition to leading the team in ice time at 23:20 and shots on goal with four.
STAT OF THE DAY
With 45 points in 41 games, Taylor Hall will finish the season with at least one point per game. The last Oilers player to lead the team in scoring and average a point or more per game was Doug Weight with 90 points in 82 games during the 2000-01 season.
The Oilers and Ducks are back at it again on Monday night at Rexall Place with a 7:30pm game time, and the Chicago Blackhawks come to town on Wednesday for Edmonton's second-last home game of the season, also a 7:30pm start. The Oilers are then off to Minnesota for a date with the Wild on Friday.
THEY SAID IT
"To have another season where we're out of the playoffs is frustrating… something we're not proud of."
10 – Consecutive victories for the Ducks at Rexall Place
3 – Posts hit by the Ducks in the final two minutes of the third period as the Oilers had their net empty
8 – Shots on goal for Anaheim's Corey Perry to lead all skaters
5 – Blocked shots for Ladislav Smid as he ranks among the NHL leaders in that category
70 – Percent success rate in the faceoff circle for Anton Lander
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