- photo by Greg Skafte, edmontonoilers.com
Edmonton's Sam Gagner took the game's first penalty, putting the Oilers' penalty killers to work early.
The PK unit did a good job limiting the Oilers' chances on the man disadvantage and even created some chances of their own.
Pitkanen rushed into the Anaheim zone and tried to dish the puck to Pisani in the slot but the play was broken up.
Later, Pisani's snap shot rang off the crossbar behind Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Anaheim took the momentum gained from the early power play and carried most of the play through the opening period. 15 minutes into the first, shots on goal were 7-3 for the Ducks.
With three minutes left in the first, Steve Staios was blindsided with an elbow behind the net by Anaheim's Ryan Carter. The two dropped the gloves shortly after that.
The end result was a two minute penalty to Carter for elbowing. Both combatants also received two for roughing.
A minute into the power play, Nilsson attempted a quick backhand on Giguere from in close but the Ducks netminder squeezed the pads to make the save.
Shots on goal after one were 8-4 for Anaheim.
Edmonton had a power play early in the second after Mathieu Schneider ran some interference on Patrick Thoresen against the side boards. The Oilers didn't score on the power play but shortly after the penalty expired, Edmonton scored to take a 1-0 lead.
Pitkanen fed the puck from the left point over to Tom Gilbert on the right point. His shot was tipped on its way to the net by Reasoner and beat Giguere.
Solid forechecking by Sam Gagner at the end of a lengthy shift resulted in a drawn penalty. He was crosschecked in the corner of the Ducks zone by Ryan Getzlaf, giving Edmonton its third power play of the night.
Anaheim killed off that penalty and used its momentum to tie the game up at 1-1 shortly after it expired.
Todd Bertuzzi skated into the Edmonton zone with Corey Perry, drew the defender towards him and then dished the puck to Perry in the slot. Perry beat Smid to the puck and tapped it in for the goal.
Edmonton almost took the lead late in the period when Reasoner found Thoresen on a two-on-one. Thoresen's shot rang off the left post behind Giguere.
In the final minute, Penner made a nice play to create a two-on-one with himself and Horcoff but he was mobilized by Scott Niedermayer. He managed a long-range shot from the right circle that Giguere handled.
After two periods, shots on goal were 15-11 for the Ducks.
Edmonton started the third period behind the eight ball as Ladislav Smid and Shawn Horcoff took back-to-back penalties.
The Oilers were able to kill off both penalties and then went on the attack offensively. Gagner, Gilbert and Horcoff completed a nice three-way passing play that ended with a Horcoff blast from the right circle being stopped by GIguere.
Late in the third, Doug Weight broke through the Oilers defence and wired a shot for his first goal since being traded to Anaheim, giving the Ducks a 2-1 lead.
Oilers goaltender Mathieu Garon stops a Travis Moen shot in the first period.
- photo by Andy Devlin Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club