Ducks Stay Alive, Beat Oilers 6-3
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ Dustin Penner and Joffrey Lupul scored twice for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, who stayed alive in the Western Conference finals with a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere returned to the Anaheim goal for his first start since April 29 _ a span of nine games _ and made 20 saves as the Mighty Ducks extended the series and snapped the Oilers’ seven-game winning streak.
They will return home for Game 5 on Saturday night. Anaheim still trails 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. Only two NHL teams have rallied from such a deficit to win.
The Mighty Ducks took a 3-0 lead in the first period when Penner scored twice and fellow rookie Ryan Getzlaf added a goal.
Marc-Andre Bergeron got Edmonton on the board early in the second period, but Anaheim defenseman Ruslan Salei made it 4-1 less than 2 minutes later.
Edmonton got within one goal when Ryan Smyth and Georges Laraque scored in the second period, but Lupul made it 5-3 with only 1:38 left in the frame and then added an empty-netter in the final seconds of the game to seal the win for the Ducks.
Dwayne Roloson allowed five goals on 40 shots and lost for the first time since Game 2 of Edmonton’s second-round series against San Jose.
The Oilers won the final four of that matchup to eliminate the Sharks and then took the first three from Anaheim, which had lost 13 straight at Edmonton. The Ducks hadn’t won there since Feb. 24, 1999.