Viktor Fasth beat his former team for the first time (on his second try), helping the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 Sunday night.
Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and David Perron entered the game tied for the team lead with 26 goals, and when this game was finished, they were all still even, but at 27 as they each counted one time. Justin Schultz also scored as the Oilers won their second straight game against a team having playoff implications.
Anaheim closed the first period up 1-0 after Jakob Silfverberg scored on the first shot of the game against Fasth, just 1:20 in.
Tempers flared early in the second period with Edmonton’s Steve Pinizzotto challenging Matt Beleskey to a fight and then landing a couple of very solid shots in a decisive win. On an Edmonton power play, Hall used Ryan Smyth as a decoy and slipped the puck past Jonas Hiller, who was anticipating the pass across the crease. On the ensuing faceoff we got another scrap, with Matt Hendricks squaring off against the much bigger Patrick Maroon. After Maroon had the upper hand early, Hendricks came back and landed a couple of shots before scoring a takedown.
Just after a period of 4 on 4, when the Anahiem penalty expired, Perron made a highlight reel play. He was carrying the puck in the Anaheim end, and was not given a clear path, so he took the puck to the corner and circled back to the slot. This time the seas parted and Perron wristed a shot past Hiller for the shorthanded goal.
Maroon fought again, this time squaring off against Mark Fraser in the third fight of the period, but this one didn’t have the sizzle. Schultz rounded out the scoring in the period, picking up the loose puck at the edge of the crease and jamming it home to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes.
Corey Perry got one back on an Anaheim power play, tipping home a shot by Ryan Getzlaf to bring Anaheim back within one. Eberle capped it off with the empty netter, assisted by Hall, who had a 3 point night including his career high 50th assists of the season.
For Fasth, it was the first time he beat the team that traded him to Edmonton earlier this season. It was the second time in less than a week facing them, after dropping a 3-2 decision on Tuesday night, giving up 3 third period goals.
The Oilers play host to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.