EDMONTON – Andrew Cogliano’s short-handed empty-net goal proved to be the winner, as the high-flying Anaheim Ducks continued their winning ways with a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
David Perron, Jakob Silfverberg, Hampus Lindholm and Corey Perry also scored for the Ducks (29-19-8), who have won three in a row and 10 of their last 12 games to vault into second place in the Pacific Division, now three points back of the L.A. Kings.
Leon Draisaitl, Taylor Hall and Benoit Pouliot responded for the Oilers (22-30-6), who have lost five of their last six.
The Ducks took a 1-0 lead on the power play with 52 seconds left to play, although it took longer to determine if Perron had indeed scored his 10th of the season. The play was first reviewed to see if he had kicked the puck in and then whether or not he had interfered with Oilers goalie Cam Talbot on a coach’s challenge before being allowed.
A soft shot by Draisaitl somehow got through the legs of Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen to tie it up 1-1 for Edmonton two minutes into the second.
Anaheim went up 2-1 with five minutes left in the second frame as Ryan Kesler stole a puck and put it on to the stick of Silfverberg, who beat Talbot with a quick shot glove-side.
Hall pounced on a rebound to snap out of a 10-game scoring slump and once again draw the Oilers even a minute-and-a-half later.
The Ducks regained the lead five minutes into the third as Lindholm deflected a Rickard Rakell shot over the Oilers netminder.
Edmonton tried to tie it up with the goalie out on a late power play, but ended up allowing a shorthanded empty-netter to Cogliano.
Talbot remained out and the Oilers got one more as a Pouliot shot rebounded off of the head of Cam Fowler and into the net.
However, Perry added another empty-netter to put the game away.
Both teams return to action on Thursday, as the Ducks wrap up a seven-game road trip in Vancouver and the Oilers play host to the Minnesota Wild.
Notes: Forward Anton Lander returned to the Oilers lineup to replace Zack Kassian, who was out ill. Injured for Edmonton were Oscar Klefbom (lower body), Andrew Ference (hip) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand)… Missing from the Ducks lineup were Chris Stewart (jaw), John Gibson (upper body) and Clayton Stoner (hip).
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