The Edmonton Oilers lost their first game on the road since February 8 on Monday night in Anaheim.
Corey Perry scored twice and Bobby Ryan added a goal and an assist as the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2.
The Oilers lost despite outshooting Anaheim 22-8 in the second period alone.
A major turning point came early in the third period. With the score tied 1-1, the Ducks received a spectacular save from Jonas Hiller on a breakaway from Jordan Eberle. Then moments later, the Oilers allowed Bobby Ryan to be all alone in their zone, and he made no mistake in scoring past Nikolai Khabibulin.
I really think the major weakness on the Oilers continues to be goaltending, and not defense. (Even though Ryan Whitney did give the puck away right to Perry late in the game). I admit that I overpraised Yann Danis earlier in the season. After watching him play one period in their loss to St. Louis, I am convinced he is simply not big enough to be the Oilers’ long term number one goaltender. That means General Manager Steve Tambellini needs to go after a legitimate starting goaltender once the season ends.