Anaheim at Edmonton

Perry's pair on power play in third period lifts Ducks over Oilers wire reports

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Corey Perry and the Anaheim Ducks overpowered the Edmonton Oilers in the third period.

Perry scored two power-play goals in a 1:35 span in the final period, and Curtis McElhinney made 34 saves in Anaheim's 3-2 victory Friday.

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Perry gave the Oilers the lead on a two-man advantage with 7:30 left when his shot deflected into the air and landed behind goalie Jeff Deslauriers before inching in.

Perry then added his 26th goal of the season, scoring off a scramble in front with 6:55 remaining. Teemu Selanne assisted on both goals.

With eight games left, the Ducks are 11 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"It's tough to say but our chances have slimmed down and we know that," Perry said. "But there are a lot of guys that are working for jobs and we're coming in every night and working hard and continuing to push. That's our attitude. Never say no.

"It can be tough mentally but you have to go out there and play your game. It's not over until you've played all 82 games."

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said he expects his team to go out swinging.

"We won't accept anything less than 110 percent effort," Carlyle said. "That's what we have asked our players. We know it is difficult at this time but there are still people playing for jobs and opportunities for next year, and that's important."

George Parros scored for Anaheim in the first period, and Gilbert Brule tied it in the second. Marc Pouliot added a power-play goal for Edmonton in the final minute.

Deslauriers made 37 saves for Edmonton. The last-place Oilers were coming off consecutive wins over Detroit, San Jose and Vancouver.

"It started off looking exactly like it was, two teams out of the playoffs and not caring how much they worked for the night," Oilers coach Pat Quinn said.

"If we have an attitude like that, even one single guy, then we have losers. That's the attitude you don't want any time. You can be in 30th. But you don't have to like it or play like a 30th-place guy."

Oilers defenseman Jason Strudwick said neither team seemed to have much jump.

"Quite honestly, I felt neither team came out with much of a sense of urgency," he said. "There were small burst from both squads and they got their power-play goals and that was the difference."

The Ducks were coming off losses in Calgary and Vancouver.


  • The Oilers will begin a four-game trip in St. Louis on Sunday night, while the Ducks will return home to play Dallas on Monday night.
  • The Ducks have won the first three games of the four-game season series.
  • Ducks scoring leader Ryan Getzlaf missed the game because of a sore left ankle.
  • Former Boston University star Nick Bonino made his NHL debut for Anaheim.
  • The Oilers signed former Michigan State defenseman Jeff Petry to a two-year NHL entry-level contract.
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Corey Perry deflects the puck in front of goalie Jeff Deslauriers for the first of his two goals. (AP)
Corey Perry deflects the puck in front of goalie Jeff Deslauriers for the first of his two goals. (AP)
Anaheim  (35-31-8) «1023
Edmonton (24-43-7)0112
Three Stars
C. Perry

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
T. Selanne

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
J. Deslauriers

Saves: 37
Save Pct.: .925

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Scoring Summary
08:18George Parros (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Carter, Beleskey
05:52Gilbert Brule (16), Slap Shot. Assist: Gilbert, Whitney
12:30Power Play - Corey Perry (25), Backhand Shot. Assist: Selanne, Niedermayer
14:05Power Play - Corey Perry (26), Wrist Shot. Assist: Selanne, Visnovsky
19:40Power Play - Marc Pouliot (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Whitney, Johnson
Penalty Summary
14:17Deslauriers, 2 min, Interference
02:37Stortini, 5 min, Fighting
02:37Parros, 5 min, Fighting
07:49Carter, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
11:25Brookbank, 2 min, Tripping
19:34Bonino, 2 min, Hooking
03:32Koivu, 2 min, Slashing
05:38Brule, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
09:45Carter, 2 min, Cross-Checking
11:00Whitney, 2 min, Slashing
11:29Ryan, 2 min, Roughing
11:29Arsene, 2 min, Roughing
12:13Chorney, 2 min, Slashing
14:08Arsene, 5 min, Fighting
14:08Brown, 5 min, Fighting
14:08Arsene, 10 min, Misconduct
14:08Brown, 10 min, Misconduct
18:08Mikkelson, 2 min, Hooking
19:31Brookbank, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Whitney, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
Curtis McElhinney59:56342
Jeff Deslauriers58:08373
Game Information
Attendance - 16839
Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Francois St-Laurent
Linesmen - Lyle Seitz, Jay Sharrers
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