Getzlaf, Ducks beat Oilers 3-2 in OT
EDMONTON, Alberta—Ryan Getzlaf scored in overtime as the Anaheim Ducks gave Edmonton fans an unhappy final look at their team at home this season, defeating the Oilers 3-2 on Thursday night.
An Edmonton shot caromed off the boards and came all the way down the ice for a Getzlaf breakaway, and he beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk through the legs 1:12 into extra time.
Andrew Cogliano and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Ducks who ended a three-game winless streak and moved up to 23rd in the NHL with one game to play this season.
Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle scored for the Oilers who sit second-last in the NHL and finished off the year a 18-17-6 on home ice this season.
Anaheim had a great chance four minutes in as it looked like Ryan was going to have a clear breakaway, but Dubnyk hustled way out of the net to make a diving play to strip him of the puck.
Edmonton's best chance in the scoreless first period came halfway through as Gagner dropped a pass back to Eric Belanger, but he shot a puck wide of the open net.
Edmonton had 11 shots on Ducks goalie Jeff Deslauriers, while Anaheim only had two shots on Dubnyk through 20 minutes.
The Oilers finally broke the scoreless deadlock midway through the second period. Jeff Petry's shot rang off the post but came back to Gagner, who scored his 18th of the season past a flailing Deslauriers.
The Ducks came back with two quick goals late in the second period to surge ahead 2-1.
With three minutes to play in the middle period, Cogliano came off the boards and sent a quick snap shot from the right faceoff dot past Dubnyk.
Just 36 seconds later, Ryan came away with a loose puck on the doorstep and lifted it over the Oilers starter for his 29th goal of the season.
Edmonton tied it with six minutes remaining in the third period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fed a pass to Eberle and he deked out Deslauriers before flipping in a backhander for his 34th of the year, eventually sending the game to overtime.
Both teams conclude their seasons on Saturday as the Oilers travel to Vancouver to play the Canucks and the Ducks are in Calgary.
Notes: It was the final of four meetings between the two teams and second in a five-day span. The Ducks won the first two before Edmonton came away with a 2-1 win on Sunday in Anaheim... The Oilers and Ducks have both long been out of the playoff picture this season. Edmonton will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight year since losing out in Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup finals. Anaheim will miss the post-season for the second time in the last three years ... Ducks F Teemu Selanne entered the game with seven goals and seven assists during a nine-game point streak against Edmonton.