Ben Lovejoy Leads Streaking Ducks Past Oilers 5-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ben Lovejoy scored two goals in the first period, Jonas Hiller made 16 saves in his 10th consecutive victory and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 Friday night for their 12th win in 13 games.
Kyle Palmieri, Tim Jackman and Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Ducks, who improved to 16-0-2 at home this season and remained one point behind Chicago for the overall NHL lead.
Hiller extended his franchise-record winning streak for a goalie as the Ducks followed up their 11-1-1 December with their sixth consecutive win over the Oilers, who haven’t beaten Anaheim since April 2012.
Boyd Gordon and Nail Yakupov scored in Edmonton’s fourth straight loss. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 32 shots for the Oilers, who have lost 10 of 12 and are stuck at the bottom of the Western Conference.
The Ducks have the second-longest points streak at home to open a season in the last 25 years, trailing only San Jose’s 20-0-2 start five years ago.
Anaheim settled in after giving up two early goals on broken plays, taking control with unlikely offensive help from Lovejoy, who had the first multigoal performance of his 171-game NHL career. The defenseman had just one goal in 40 games this season before connecting twice in a 2:43 span late in the first, firing two slap shots past Bryzgalov for the fastest two goals by a defenseman in franchise history.
Anaheim also won despite another awful effort by its power play, which went 0 for 8. The Ducks have just one man-advantage goal in the last 10 games, yet still rank third in the NHL in total goals.
The Oilers took the lead on their opening shift when Gordon flung a shot at the Ducks’ goal while getting checked facedown into the ice, and the puck deflected off Hiller’s stick 35 seconds in. Just 11 seconds later, Palmieri jumped on a turnover in the Edmonton crease and flipped a shot past Bryzgalov.
Edmonton jumped on a turnover by Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf later in the period, with Yakupov getting goals in consecutive games for the first time all season.
But Lovejoy swiftly connected on setups from Saku Koivu and Cam Fowler to tie the club record for the most goals scored by a defenseman in one period.
The Ducks had three inept power plays in the second period, but got a late goal from Jackman. The workmanlike forward hadn’t scored since joining Anaheim from Calgary in late November.
Anaheim continued to dominate in the third, and Cogliano scored his 13th goal on a breakaway after taking the puck from Jeff Petry at the Ducks’ blue line.
Edmonton managed just eight shots in the final two periods.
NOTES: Edmonton played without high-scoring RW Jordan Eberle, who apparently injured his knee a night earlier in San Jose. Mark Arcobello and Ryan Jones returned from lengthy injury absences. … D Bryan Allen and F Daniel Winnik were healthy scratches for Anaheim, with Winnik missing his first game of the season. … Bryzgalov began his career as a second-round draft pick of the Ducks, winning 26 games over parts of five seasons before Hiller’s rise to the starting job.