|Edmonton's Ales Hemsky closes in on Anaheim's Jonas Hiller on Dec. 19, 2008 at Rexall Place. (Photo by Andy Devlin/EOHC)|
Despite firing 53 shots on Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller and overcoming a two-goal deficit thanks to goals by Kyle Brodziak and Erik Cole, the Oilers were unable to beat the Ducks in extra time and dropped a 3-2 shootout decision Friday night.
Only 1:48 into the contest, Edmonton's Denis Grebeshkov collided with Anaheim's Teemu Selanne, causing the Ducks sniper to crumble to the ice and require quick medical assistance back in the locker room. It was later announced that Selanne suffered a laceration to his thigh and would not return to the game.
No penalty was assessed on the play, but a minute later, consecutive Ducks and Oilers minors gave both clubs the chance to debut their powerplay units. Although the home team gained a six-shot advantage over the visitors, goaltenders Dwayne Roloson and Jonas Hiller ruled the play through to the period's midway point.
A second Oilers infraction and two more Ducks penalties filled the final 10-minutes of the first. With only 21 seconds left in the period and 12 seconds left in an interference penalty to Chris Pronger, Anaheim swarmed shorthanded. Rob Niedermayer forced the club past Roloson to five the Ducks a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
630 CHED's Dan Tencer interviews Erik Cole after the first period.
Three consecutive Oilers penalties kept the Ducks on the man-advantage for the first half of the second. But 15 seconds into the third infraction (a hooking minor to Shawn Horcoff), Perry fooled Roloson with a tip-in for his club's second goal of the game.
Anaheim assumed their first shot-lead of the game following the goal. Near the 13-minute mark, Ladislav Smid plowed Perry in the neutral zone, prompting a shoving match behind Roloson's net and a verbal altercation between Smid and Ryan Getzlaf. Both players earned unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for their actions.
Three more Ducks penalties and five Oilers infractions -- including four minutes to Sheldon Souray -- kept penalty box doors swinging through the rest of the period. The Oilers were forced to start the third period down two goals and one man for 3:10.
Tencer talks with Sam Gagner in the second intermission.
Shortly after Anaheim broke the 30-shot mark, the Oilers tallied their 35th attempt -- and found the back of the net. With a cluster of blue and orange jerseys surrounding Hiller, Kyle Brodziak pounced on a rebound and directed it top-shelf to get his club back within one with 13 minutes to play.
With nine minutes left on the clock, the Ducks sent two players to the box, offering the Oilers nearly two full minutes of five-on-three. Though the home team was unable to beat Hiller on the two-man advantage, a delay-of-game penalty to Bret Hedican kept the club on the powerplay for another two minutes.
This time, the club capitalized. After Hiller stopped Marc Pouliot's shot with his chest, the puck headed straight to Erik Cole. By snapping it into the net from just outside the crease, the feisty forward tied the game 2-2 and ended a 15-game goal-less drought.
The Oilers topped 50 shots during a 10th powerplay late in the final frame, but Hiller kept a go-ahead goal off the books to force extra time.
Three minutes into sudden death, Cole teed up for a slapshot but the puck deceptively hit the post and not the net, triggering a premature goal celebration from the crowd. In fact neither club would light the lamp in overtime, pushing the game into a shootout.
Perry was successful on the first shootout attempt, and although Roloson stopped the following two shots, Hiller went three-for-three in the one-on-one showdown, securing a 3-2 shootout win for Anaheim Friday night.