Ducks power past Oilers

Anaheim 5 Edmonton 0 EDMONTON — The Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers are both near the bottom of the NHL standings, but there seems to be a big difference in the direction each team is heading.

Edmonton Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk

Anaheim 5 Edmonton 0

EDMONTON — The Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers are both near the bottom of the NHL standings, but there seems to be a big difference in the direction each team is heading.

Teemu Selanne scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf picked up four assists as the Ducks flew past the struggling Oilers with a 5-0 victory on Friday.

Selanne said it was probably the best game Anaheim has played all season.

“I didn’t see one bad play out there today,” he said. “It was overall a very solid effort by everybody. It was the best game we’ve played all season. We’re gaining so much confidence as a team right now.

“The last four or five games, that’s the way we were supposed to have played all season. Hopefully we can keep pushing, and you never know.”

Jonas Hiller stopped 33 shots to earn his second shutout of the season for the Ducks (14-22-7), who have won four of their last five and moved to within one point of Edmonton and 28th place in the NHL.

Jason Blake, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry rounded out the scoring for Anaheim.

Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano also feels like his squad is on the upswing.

“All four lines are contributing every game,” he said. “We are really starting to click now. We’re obviously quite a few points back. But the more we’ve starting winning and feeling good about ourselves, I feel like this a team gaining momentum.”

The Oilers (16-23-4) are going in the opposite direction, with losses in five straight and in 12 of their last 14 games.

Oilers head coach Tom Renney was clearly upset with his team’s effort on the night.

“I’m not sure what Anaheim did in the game was all that spectacular. We were just brutal,” he said. “They don’t feel real good about themselves at the moment and they shouldn’t.

“The thing I don’t like is that I don’t see ice bags and guys sore from really gutting it out and doing everything they possibly can to win a hockey game.”

The Ducks started the scoring eight minutes into the first period as Cam Fowler fed the puck to Blake in the slot and he blasted his first of the season past Edmonton starter Nikolai Khabibulin.

“I’ve just been trying to get my legs underneath me,” said Blake, who missed 34 games this season with a laceration on his wrist. “Missing that many games is not easy. I’m just glad to get that goal off my back.”

Anaheim took a 2-0 lead early in the second period on a power-play goal as Selanne swung behind the net and backhanded the puck in front, getting some luck as it hit Khabibulin and bounced behind him.

It was Selanne’s 15th goal of the season.

It appeared the Oilers had quickly responded as Anton Lander lifted a puck over Hiller. However, the goal was called off because of an early whistle on the play.

Edmonton’s frustrations came to a boil a few minutes later as Sam Gagner got into a rare fight with Anaheim’s Francois Beauchemin in response to a hit the Ducks’ defenceman had made on Taylor Hall.

Anaheim went up 3-0 midway through the second period on another bad goal as Getzlaf made a nice pass to set up Ryan, whose shot from the side of the net somehow got past Khabibulin.

The Oilers starter was yanked after the goal in favour of backup Devan Dubnyk.

Just over three minutes later, Anaheim went up 4-0 as Dubnyk was able to stop Perry on a breakaway but bobbled the shot, allowing the Ducks winger to put away his own rebound.

Anaheim rounded out the scoring with three minutes to play in the match as Selanne banked his second of the game off of defender Ladislav Smid and into the net.

Both teams return to action on Sunday as the Oilers play host to the Los Angeles Kings and the Ducks wrap up a three-game Western Canadian trip in Vancouver.

Just Posted

Rebels drop home opener to Oil Kings

The Edmonton Oil Kings were simply better than the Red Deer Rebels… Continue reading

RDC Kings topple Medicine Hat College Rattlers

Kings Matheus Alves scores twice in the win

Grassroots movement to clean up Red Deer is gaining momentum

Homeless people need more attention than shopping carts, says former councillor Cindy Jefferies

Improving life for people with Alzheimer’s and their families is a priority for Raitt

The federal Conservatives deputy leader is dealing with the disease in her own home

PHOTO: International Peace Day

Visitors broke bread, made crafts and trading cards at a gathering marking… Continue reading

RDC Kings topple Medicine Hat College Rattlers

Kings Matheus Alves scores twice in the win

Saskatchewan RCMP charge man in abduction that sparked Amber Alert last Sunday

NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. — Saskatchewan RCMP have arrested a man following an… Continue reading

One dead following police-involved shooting in Burlington, Ont.

BURLINGTON, Ont. — Ontario’s police watchdog says a 32-year-old man was shot… Continue reading

Several injured as Tornado tears through Ottawa and Gatineau, Que.

OTTAWA — A tornado ripped through the Ottawa area Friday afternoon, damaging… Continue reading

B.C. wildfires burned large areas affected by mountain pine beetles: Experts

VANCOUVER — Clearing or burning beetle ravaged forests may be costly but… Continue reading

Dustin Byfuglien scores in overtime, Jets beat Flames 4-3 in pre-season

WINNIPEG — Bryan Little tied the game late in the third and… Continue reading

Mistrial denied in Calgary murder trial over jury’s visit to hotel Denny’s

CALGARY — A Calgary judge has denied a request for a mistrial… Continue reading

Former Canadian astronaut says space shuttle is a vehicle of hope

OTTAWA — Sending messages of hope from space is a big part… Continue reading

Canada requests trade panel on uncoated groundwood paper ruling by U.S.

OTTAWA — Canada has requested a NAFTA trade panel review a U.S.… Continue reading

Most Read