Radek Dvorak's power-play goal with 11:40 to play broke the final tie and lifted Edmonton to a 4-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks in their home opener on Monday night.
Dvorak put a rebound of a shot by Chris Pronger past goalie J.S. Giguere to give the Oilers a 3-2 lead. Raffi Torres added an empty-net goal, his second of the game and fourth of the season, to help the Oilers (3-0-0) remain unbeaten.
"I think everything is working well right now," Torres said. "Our penalty killing is keeping in us in the games."
Edmonton scored three of its goals on the power play and ruined the home opener for the revamped Ducks franchise. Anaheim was 0-for-7 on the power play, including four opportunities in the third period.
"We need to do a better job of killing penalties and we when we get on the power play, we need to score some goals," said Anaheim captain Scott Niedermayer, who was signed as a free agent in August. The addition of the Norris Trophy-winning defenseman is one of several major changes the franchise has undergone in the past five months.
Henry and Susan Samueli purchased the team from the Walt Disney Company in June. They dropped a ceremonial first puck Monday and then watched as the team initially showcased the "up-tempo" style new general manager Brian Burke has promised and that new coach Randy Carlyle had delivered in the team's first two games.
Teemu Selanne and Corey Perry scored in the first period as the Ducks outshot Edmonton 11-4 and took a 2-0 lead. Perry's goal was his first in the NHL.
Edmonton started its rally with a deflected goal by Torres early in the second period. Marty Reasoner tied the game, on another power play, at 13:22 of the second.
"We had a couple bad breaks on the first couple of goals, and we were pretty good after that," Edmonton coach Craig McTavish said. "We came out in the second period and really took the game away from them."
Pronger assisted on Reasoner's goal, his first point with the Oilers after being acquired in a trade with St. Louis in August.
Edmonton goalie Jussi Markkanen made 31 saves.
The Oilers were playing their first game since losing veteran forward Ryan Smyth with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Smyth, who led the Oilers in scoring during the 2003-04 season, was injured in Saturday's game at Vancouver. He is out indefinitely.
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|06:36||Teemu Selanne (2), Wrist Shot - Assist: Andy McDonald|
|11:06||Corey Perry, Wrist Shot - Assists: Jason Marshall and Rob Niedermayer|
|01:13||Power Play - Raffi Torres (3), Tip-In - Assists: Jarret Stoll and Ales Hemsky|
|13:22||Power Play - Marty Reasoner, Tip-In - Assists: Chris Pronger and Shawn Horcoff|
|08:20||Power Play - Radek Dvorak, Wrist Shot - Assists: Chris Pronger and Jarret Stoll|
|19:27||Raffi Torres (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Ales Hemsky and Michael Peca|
|00:54||Pisani: Holding - 2 min.|
|03:22||Niedermayer: Holding - 2 min.|
|07:32||Stoll: Hooking - 2 min.|
|07:52||Giguere: Delaying Game - 2 min.|
|19:58||Vishnevski: Boarding - 2 min.|
|07:15||Salei: Hooking - 2 min.|
|08:12||Laraque: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.|
|11:47||Niedermayer: Holding - 2 min.|
|19:01||Niedermayer: Hooking - 2 min.|
|19:40||Peca: Hooking - 2 min.|
|06:18||Selanne: Hooking - 2 min.|
|07:10||Carney: Holding - 2 min.|
|09:45||Pronger: Elbowing - 2 min.|
|11:23||Moreau: Boarding - 2 min.|
|16:34||Stoll: Hooking - 2 min.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
|Attendance - 17174|
|Game Time - 60:00|
|Referees - Don Koharski, Wes McCauley|
|Line Judges - Andy McElman, Mark Pare|