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Monday, April 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (28-11-6) at Edmonton Oilers (17-20-7), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks try on Monday to clinch their first
Pacific Division title in six years as they visit the Edmonton Oilers for the
second straight night.
Following a 3-1 victory last night, their 10th straight in Edmonton, the Ducks
lead the Los Angeles Kings by five points for first place in the division with
three games left for both clubs. The Kings are idle tonight, so with a victory
the Ducks can lock up their first Pacific crown since 2006-07, when they won
their only Stanley Cup championship.
Anaheim snapped a four-game slide with Sunday's win, getting goals from Corey
Perry, Cam Fowler and Kyle Palmieri. Jonas Hiller added 27 saves.
"It's great to have a win again after what has been happening for the last
little while," said Hiller. "We knew that we needed to play better, but
sometimes it is not that easy. Tonight I think that everybody worked a little
harder and that made the difference."
The Oilers, meanwhile, found themselves mathematically eliminated from the
playoff race on Sunday, meaning they will miss the postseason for a seventh
Edmonton has not played a postseason game since a Game 7 loss to the Carolina
Hurricanes in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals.
"To have another season out of the playoffs, to have another season where
we're playing meaningless games at the end of the year, is very frustrating
and something we're not proud of," said a disappointed Taylor Hall.
Hall scored the lone goal for the Oilers in Sunday's game just one minute into
the contest before the Ducks got the equalizer from Fowler with just two
seconds left in the frame.
Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves in defeat.
The Oilers played without forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who will miss the final
week of the regular season due to a shoulder injury that will likely require
The first overall pick of the 2011 draft, the 20-year-old had just four goals
and 24 points in 40 games this season after notching 18 goals and 52 points in
62 contests as a rookie last season.
The Ducks, who took the first of three meetings between these clubs 2-1 at
home on April 8, have won three straight and 13 of the last 15 overall in this
series. They have not lost in Edmonton since Nov. 30, 2007.
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