NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at Edmonton
(Monday, February 6th)
Final Score: Edmonton 6, Anaheim 5 (SO)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Fernando Pisani scored the lone goal of the shootout and added a tally in the third period to lift the Edmonton Oilers past the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 6-5, at Rexall Place.
In the shootout, Mike Morrison, who replaced starting goaltender Jussi Markkanen in the third period, stopped all three Duck shooters, giving the Oilers a chance to win it on their final attempt.
Pisani then skated into the zone and from in close faked on his forehand and slipped the puck through Jean-Sebastien Giguere's five-hole with a backhander to win it for Edmonton and continue its dominance over the Ducks.
The Oilers have now won 10 of the last 11 meetings and are 15-2-1 in the past 18 games against Anaheim.
"I noticed with the other two shots that he (Giguere) opened up a little," said Pisani. "I waited for his knees to come apart and tried to get it through there."
Ryan Smyth netted two goals for the Oilers, who have won two in a row and five of their last six games overall.
Markkanen allowed five goals on 33 shots before being replaced by Morrison, who made seven saves in relief down the stretch.
Corey Perry and Andy McDonald each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim, which lost for only the second time in its last six games overall.
Giguere finished with 25 saves and Teemu Selanne's 14-game point streak came to an end as he failed to register a point in the loss.
Smyth gave the Oilers an early 1-0 lead just 1:36 into the game. On a 2-on-1 rush, Shawn Horcoff slid a pass over to Smyth at the left side of the net and the puck caromed off his skate and past a sliding Giguere.
Edmonton took a two-goal advantage at 7:06 of the first period on Marc-Andre Bergeron's 14th goal of the season. On the power play, Bergeron ripped a shot from the point that beat a screened Giguere through his five-hole.
Midway through the opening period, McDonald made it a 2-1 game with his 17th tally of the season. Thirty-five seconds later, Perry deflected Keith Carney's wrist shot from the left point past Markkanen, tying things up at 2-2.
The Mighty Ducks took their first lead of the game 4:47 into the middle session. McDonald emerged from the right corner with the puck and centered it in front to Chris Kunitz, who roofed the disc over Markkanen's right shoulder for a 3-2 edge.
Smyth's power-play tally at 12:13 of the second stanza tied the game up at 3-3.
The third period went back and forth as neither team could hold the lead.
Early in the final frame, Jaroslav Spacek's first goal as an Oiler put Edmonton up 4-3. Anaheim responded less than a minute later as Todd Marchant jammed a rebound home in front to tie it up at 4-4.
With 12:35 to play in the game, Scott Niedermayer's ninth goal of the season pushed the Mighty Ducks ahead 5-4. Morrison then replaced a visibly upset Markkanen in net for the Oilers. The lead wouldn't last long as Pisani tied it back up about three minutes later.
Neither team managed to light the lamp in overtime.
Edmonton improved to 3-0 against the Ducks this season...The Oilers also won for the 11 straight game at home against Anaheim...The Oilers improved to 13-10-3 at Rexall Place this season...Giguere is now 2-8-2 in his career against the Oilers.
02/07 01:31:41 ET