Oilers slide further
The Ducks got second-period goals from Scott Niedermayer, Chris Prongerand Rob Niedermayer to bust open a 1-1 game and send the Oilers totheir fifth loss in the last six games
The Skinny: The Ducks got second-period goals from Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Rob Niedermayer to bust open a 1-1 game and send the Oilers to their fifth loss in the last six games, getting payback for a 5-3 loss in Anaheim last Friday.
The Quote: “We didn’t get timely goals early,” said captain Ethan Moreau. “We were physical, we played tough and we got pucks to the net. We were just looking for that early goal we weren’t able to get.”
The Big Play: Dwayne Roloson was the hero in Friday’s win, but he gave up a soft goal that was the difference when Rob Niedermayer snapped a sharp-angle shot past him high on the glove side at 18:35 of the second period to make it 4-1.
History: This was Roloson’s 33rd consecutive start and his 60th appearance this season, making him the oldest goaltender in NHL history to play 60 games. Roloson is 39 years and 170 days old. Curtis Joseph set the record in 2005-06 at the age of 38 years and 354 days.
No Home Cooking: If the Oilers miss the playoffs, they need look no further than their record at Rexall Place. At 16-15-6, they have 38 points at home. Colorado, with 36, is the only Western Conference team with fewer.
Bad Break: Andrew Cogliano’s snapshot past Jonas Hiller to the put the Oilers up 1-0 came on the power play. The Oilers were 3-for-34 in with a man advantage in their previous nine home games.
Stick It: Having narrowed it to 4-3, the Oilers called for a measurement of Teemu Selanne’s stick with 2:11 to play. Selanne’s lumber was legal and the Oilers were penalized.
The Next Game: The Oilers host the San Jose Sharks Thursday.