|Tom Gilbert and Teemu Selanne watch Mathieu Garon stop one of 35 shots in the Oilers' 3-2 victory over the Ducks in Anaheim October 15, 2008. Photo by Debora Robinson/Getty Images.|
Despite being outshot 35-28 and trailing 2-1 midway through the middle frame, the Oilers resurrected their lead early in the third to deal the Ducks their fourth straight loss of the season. Mathieu Garon stopped 33 of 35 shots and Lubomir Visnovsky earned his first goal as an Oilers with the third-period game-winner.
After starting the season between the pipes for the Oilers Sunday night, Mathieu Garon made his second straight appearance, manning the net opposite Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller.
Hiller would see the first shot of the game, but a second attempt -- fired by defenceman Denis Grebeshkov and deflected by Shawn Horcoff -- would sneak past him, giving the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 4:20.
Two minutes and three Ducks shots later, the home team was back on even terms. After surging up the left side, defenceman Kent Huskins wired a slapshot past Garon to tie the game 1-1.
An interference penalty to Oilers forward Sam Gagner soon offered the Ducks the game's first powerplay, but the visitors resisted the man-advantage and maintained the tie game.
Back to back Oilers and Ducks penalties opened up the ice for the final two minutes of the opening frame, and Anaheim used the opportunity to take a 12-5 shot lead after 20 minutes.
The Ducks added five shots to their tally before the Oilers could register another attempt, and the home team's persistence paid off four minutes in. After breaking through a cluster of players along the boards, Rob Niedermayer out-maneuvered Edmonton's defence and then Garon to give the Ducks their first lead of the game.
In the latter half of the frame, a pair of penalties to Chris Pronger offered the Oilers their second and third powerplays, but Hiller and his penalty killers stifled the man-advantages.
The Oil ignited upon the return of 5-on-5, however. After Edmonton swarmed the Ducks zone and disoriented Hiller, Sheldon Souray surged up the slot and wired a wrist shot off the post, the goalie's skate, and then across the line to tie the game at two after two periods.
An early penalty to Anaheim's Corey Perry put Edmonton back on the powerplay, and this time the club made the man-advantage count. Poised at the point, defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky slapped the puck through traffic and past Hiller to renew his club's one-goal lead at 2:41.
Following the goal, the Oilers gained confidence and, as a result, ground in the shot department. In the game's final 10 minutes, Fernando Pisani came within inches of a two-goal cushion, but an unfortunate bounce off the post sent the puck sliding straight along the goal line and out the other side.
Faced with the prospect of an 0-and-4 start to the season, the desperate Ducks put pressure on the Oilers in the game's dying minutes. But as Anaheim shattered the 30-shot mark and pulled Hiller from his net, Garon stepped up to the six hungry skaters and secured a 3-2 win for the Oilers.