A magnificent final period might have given the Anaheim Ducks the spark they need to break out of their recent doldrums.
The Ducks will try to build on their second win in seven games Saturday night by adding to their success against the lowly Edmonton Oilers.
Trailing 2-1 after 40 minutes Friday in Calgary, Anaheim (36-16-7) dashed to a 6-3 victory by matching a franchise record with five goals in the third period.
Ryan Getzlaf and Hampus Lindholm each had a goal and an assist in the outburst, which allowed Anaheim to avoid a season-high third consecutive regulation defeat and improve to 2-4-1 in its last seven.
"I think it’ll feel a lot better if we have success (Saturday) night because anybody can win one some time. We want to put something together," coach Bruce Boudreau said.
The Ducks have played their last five games without starting goaltender Frederik Andersen, who was hurt when the net was dislodged and fell on top of him in a 5-3 loss in Tampa Bay on Feb. 8.
Anaheim was outscored 16-8 in its previous four games and had given up a combined nine goals in its prior two.
The Ducks will next face one of the lowest-scoring teams in the Western Conference in Edmonton, tallying 2.23 goals per contest. The Oilers (17-33-10) had scored seven non-shootout goals in their two games before Friday’s 4-0 loss to Minnesota.
They matched a season low with 15 shots in their eighth game in 14 days, registering five in each period.
"We’ve got to push through it. We have to move forward," coach Todd Nelson said. "We have to bounce back against a very good hockey team (Saturday) night."
Andersen allowed three goals on 45 shots in a home-and-home sweep of the Oilers Dec. 10 and 12. Getzlaf had a key goal in the second period and an assist in a 4-2 win in Edmonton to conclude that set.
That was part of a 23-game stretch in which the Ducks captain totaled nine goals and 22 assists. He has three goals and three assists in 10 games since the All-Star break.
He’s fared much better in his past 14 visits to Edmonton with six goals and 16 assists. Thanks in part to those performances, Anaheim is 12-1-1 in last 14 games there.
The Ducks are 19-3-1 in their last 23 overall matchups and took a 2-1 victory in the first meeting this season. Leading goal scorer Corey Perry was out for both of those games because of a knee injury.
The 24-goal scorer had three goals and one assist in his final two games against the Oilers last season.
With John Gibson starting Friday, the Ducks might turn to Ilya Bryzgalov, who appeared in 20 games and started 19 for Edmonton last season. Bryzgalov hasn’t faced the Oilers since Feb. 23, 2012, and is 6-2-0 with a 2.09 goals-against average in his past eight meetings.
Former Ducks goaltender Viktor Fasth started both games against Anaheim earlier this season but is on injured reserve (knee).
Ben Scrivens, who was in net Friday, made 48 saves in his only start versus the Ducks, a 4-3 overtime win in Edmonton on March 28. Backup Richard Bachman won his lone matchup on Dec. 19, 2011, while with Dallas.