RECAP: Vatanen, Getzlaf lead Ducks to 4-2 win over Oilers
Sami Vatanen and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist as the league-leading Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 Friday night for their sixth straight win.
Kyle Palmieri and Nate Thompson also scored as the Ducks won for the ninth time in 11 games.
Tyler Pitlick and Jeff Petry scored for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row and 14 of their last 15. Edmonton also dropped to 1-15-4 against Western Conference opponents this season.
Anaheim started the scoring 5 minutes into the game as Vatanen skated in from the point on the power play and sent a wrist shot cleanly past Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth for his eighth goal of the season.
The Ducks came close to taking a two-goal lead 10 minutes later as Andrew Cogliano had Fasth beat, but his shot rang off the post.
Anaheim had 10 first-period shots, while the Oilers could only muster three on Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen.
The Ducks made it 3-0 with two goals just 44 seconds apart to start the second period.
Off the opening faceoff, Vatanen sent Palmieri in alone through a confused-looking Oilers defense and he made the most of the breakaway with his fifth of the year just 7 seconds in. Then, Rene Bourque dropped a pass to an uncovered Getzlaf, who cleanly beat Fasth with a quick shot for his ninth goal and 31st point.
Ben Scrivens came in to replace a visibly upset Fasth, who allowed three goals on 12 shots. Fasth threw his mask and then appeared to be yelling at his teammates when he got to the bench.
The Oilers finally got on the board with just under 5 minutes to play in the second as Pitlick gained the zone and beat Andersen with a stick-side shot from near the face-off dot for his first goal of the season.
Getzlaf looked to have scored his second of the night 5 minutes into the third, but the puck stayed on the goal line until Scrivens was able to swat it to safety.
Edmonton pulled to 3-2 with a rare power-play goal with 7:20 remaining in the third period as Petry's point shot deflected off the stick of defender Devante Smith-Pelly and past Andersen.
.@Ryan_Kesler on playing better with a lead: "We're a great team. We need to make plays and do the right thing. We have to go do it."— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) December 13, 2014
The Ducks, however, were able to seal the victory with a late empty-net goal from Thompson.
NOTES: It was the second of four games between the two teams this season. Anaheim won 2-1 at home on Wednesday. ... In their first 29 games, the Oilers scored a Western Conference-low 63 goals. Only the Carolina Hurricanes (60), Florida Panthers (58) and Buffalo Sabres (52) had scored fewer. ... Ducks D Ben Lovejoy made his return to the lineup after missing 21 games with a broken finger on Oct. 26 against San Jose. ... Earlier in the day, the Oilers transferred winger Jesse Joensuu to SC Bern of the Swiss Elite League. ... Out injured for Anaheim were Corey Perry (knee), Francois Beauchemin (finger), Eric Brewer (foot), John Gibson (groin) and Dany Heatley (groin). ... Missing from the Oilers' lineup were Benoit Pouliot (foot), Boyd Gordon (back) and Nikita Nikitin (back).