|Date of game: 12/12/2014
Recap: Edmonton vs. Anaheim
Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Palmieri and Ryan Getzlaf scored in a 44-second span in the opening minute of the second period, and Anaheim went on to defeat Edmonton by a 4-2 count at Rexall Place.
Sami Vatanen and Nate Thompson also lit the lamp for the Ducks, who swept the home-and-home set and recorded a victory by more than one goal for the first time since Oct. 24. Anaheim claimed a 2-1 decision on Tuesday.
Frederik Andersen won thanks to 21 saves.
"We let them back into the game. We battled hard those last eight minutes and gutted out a win," said Ducks forward Ryan Kesler.
Tyler Pitlick and Jeff Petry also tallied for the Oilers, who have dropped three in a row and 14 of 15. Viktor Fasth was pulled after allowing two goals on 11 shots to take the loss. Ben Scrivens stopped 7-of-8 shots the rest of the way.
The Ducks tripled their edge to three in short order. Palmieri struck just seven seconds in on a break up the middle triggered by a Vatanen pass, then, once Scrivens took over, Getzlaf cranked one home from the right circle at the 50-second mark.
"I feel like I've said this eight times this year. A couple bad shifts killed us. They had two Grade A chances at the start of the second," lamented Oilers forward Taylor Hall.
The hosts waited until 4:36 remained in the period to hit the scoreboard, when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fed Pitlick for his first of the year.
Getzlaf was tagged for high sticking at 10:47 of the third period, and a point drive from Petry deflected off the stick of a Ducks defender en route and zipped over Andersen's glove with just seven seconds remaining on the advantage and the Oilers pulled to 3-2.
Thompson hit the empty net with 16.9 seconds remaining, roughly half a shift after Scrivens was called to the bench for an extra skater.
Vatanen's marker on the power play just before the five-minute mark of the first gave Anaheim an early lead. Andersen was hardly tested in the opening 20 minutes, and stopped all three shots he faced.Game Notes
Anaheim has won six consecutive games ... Palmieri's goal was the fastest in
team history to start any period ... Anaheim had recorded 12 straight wins by
a single tally since beating Columbus by a 4-1 margin ... The Ducks joined
Chicago as the only teams in the NHL with at least 20 wins.