Fowler's Shootout Goal Gives Ducks Win In Edmonton

The Anaheim Ducks began a short, two-game road trip tonight with a 3-2 shootout win in Edmonton, with the winning shot coming off the stick of Cam Fowler.

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Cam Fowler Wins It For Ducks, 3-2 Over Edmonton

Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Cam Fowler scored the game-winning goal in the 10th round of the shootout to lift the Anaheim Ducks over the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, at Rexall Place.

Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne scored in regulation for the Ducks, who halted their two-game skid and won for the fourth time in their last six games overall. Jonas Hiller allowed two goals on 36 shots for Anaheim.

Ryan Jones and Dustin Penner tallied for the Oilers, who saw their four-game win streak halted but still earned at least one point for the sixth time in their last seven games (5-1-1).

Nikolai Khabibulin finished with 30 saves in the losing effort.

Joffrey Lupul and Taylor Hall were the only goal scorers through the first nine rounds before Colin Fraser failed to beat Hiller in the first portion of Round 10. Fowler then moved in and lit the lamp with a wrist shot and the Ducks celebrated the victory.

Following a scoreless opening period, the Ducks gained a 1-0 lead 5:44 into the second on Koivu's wrist shot from the slot. It was his 10th goal of the season.

At the 6:32 mark of the third, the visitors moved ahead by two. Andy Sutton's shot from above the left circle was deflected on its way to the net and landed on the stick of Selanne, who lit the lamp with a backhander from inside the near circle.

But the Oilers scored twice in a 3:10 span later in the third stanza to tie the score.

After Jones' wrister into the upper corner of the net from the left circle cut Edmonton's deficit in half midway through the period, Penner's ninth goal at 13:39 knotted the contest.

During a power play, Kurtis Foster released a shot from the point and the save was made, but Penner collected the rebound and beat Hiller from the bottom of the right circle with a low wrister.

Oilers forward Sam Gagner missed a breakaway attempt with three minutes to play in regulation.

Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff left the game with a right knee injury and did not return. The injury occurred when he and Anaheim's Corey Perry collided in a knee-on-knee hit in the first period...Koivu has 24 points in 23 career games against the Oilers...The Ducks have now won six straight games in Edmonton...Tom Gilbert posted two assists in the loss...Edmonton finished 1- for-3 on the power play and held Anaheim scoreless on its three power-play chances.

For more Ducks news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.


Ducks Vs. Oilers: Selanne Questionable As Anaheim Begins Short Road Trip

(Sports Network) - The suddenly-hot Edmonton Oilers will try to extend their longest winning streak of the season when they welcome the Anaheim Ducks for tonight's clash at Rexall Place. The Oilers have won four straight games and the club has also posted victories in six of their last eight contests. Edmonton's winning streak is the longest for the club since it won five in a row from Dec. 3-11 of last season.

Despite the hot stretch, Edmonton still has just 24 points on the year and is tied for last in the Western Conference with Calgary. The Oilers began a six-game homestand in their last trip to the ice and Saturday's victory over St. Louis improved Edmonton's record at Rexall Place this season to 4-6-1.

Taylor Hall scored a breakaway goal only 23 seconds into overtime to give Edmonton the 2-1 victory over the Blues. The goal was set up when Blues forward Andy McDonald slipped at the top of the blue line and hit his head on Shawn Horcoff's leg. The puck bounced toward mid-ice where Hall picked it up and was able to wrist it past Jaroslav Halak. "I think that was my first breakaway this year," Hall said. "It is nice to get on a breakaway. It's all about feel. You have to know when to go."

Hall, a 19-year-old rookie and the first overall pick in this year's draft, has scored four goals in as many games and was rewarded with the NHL's Third Star for the week ending Dec. 5. Ryan Jones also tallied for the Oilers on Saturday and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 31 shots in the win.

The Ducks had won three straight before losing two in a row this weekend on home ice. Anaheim began a four-game homestand with wins over Los Angeles and Florida, but closed the residency by getting shut out in consecutive games against Detroit and Phoenix. Anaheim was dealt a 4-0 loss by the Red Wings on Friday and then dropped a 3-0 decision to Phoenix on Sunday. The Ducks enter tonight with a scoreless streak of 120 minutes, 31 seconds.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves to record his second shutout of the season in the Coyotes' win at the Honda Center. Jonas Hiller stopped 36 shots for Anaheim, which lost for the eighth time in 11 games. "It's frustrating when you're out there trying to work as hard as you can and things aren't happening," said Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf. The Ducks have struggled to a 4-7-2 road record this season, but they'll have to change that if they want to have success in December. Starting with tonight's test, Anaheim will play nine of its next 11 games away from Orange County.

Anaheim winger Teemu Selanne has missed two straight and five of the last seven games with a groin problem. The 40-year-old Finnish star is joining the team on its two-game road trip and is questionable for tonight. Edmonton notched a 4-2 win in Anaheim on Nov. 21 to halt a five-game series losing streak. The Ducks have still won six out of eight against the Oilers overall and five straight at Rexall Place.

For more Ducks news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Anaheim Calling.

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