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Radek Dvorak leads Ducks to 2-1 win over Oilers

He scores both goals for Anaheim, which moves within a point of clinching a playoff spot. Jonas Hiller makes 27 saves for the Ducks.

April 08, 2013|By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times
  • Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk can't make a save on a shot for a goal by Radek Dvorak (18).
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk can't make a save on a shot… (Victor Decolongon / Getty…)

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The Ducks moved one point away from clinching a playoff spot Monday as a 36-year-old plucked from Switzerland last month saved the night with two goals.

Radek Dvorak scored rebound shots past Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk in the first and third periods, giving the Ducks a 2-1 victory at Honda Center.

"Great play by the line, I just happened to be in a good spot," Dvorak said. "All through the night, we were putting nice shots on the net and [Dubnyk] was leaving nice big rebounds. I just had the open net a couple times."

Dvorak's second goal, with 12 minutes 12 seconds left in the third period, answered a goal by Edmonton'sNick Schultz six minutes earlier and Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller preserved the margin by finishing with 27 saves.

The Ducks (27-8-5) moved to within three points of Chicago for the Western Conference lead, and can clinch a playoff spot should Dallas lose to the visiting Kings on Tuesday.

"The first goal is to make the playoffs," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If you don't want the whole enchilada, I don't want to talk to you."

Dvorak was summoned to his seventh NHL organization from the Swiss Elite League last month to bolster the offense.

The veteran posted a 31-goal season in 2000-01 with the New York Rangers, but had just 11 goals since the start of the 2010-11 season.

Dvorak last scored two goals in a game on Oct. 14, 2010, when he was a Florida Panther.

"He brings a wealth of experience and knows how to skate in a tight game," Boudreau said.

His Monday resurrection was timed perfectly, given that Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf missed his third consecutive game because of a right leg injury. Getzlaf participated in Monday's morning skate, but Boudreau opted to give him two more days rest with Colorado up Wednesday.

"He wanted to play," Boudreau said. "I expect him Wednesday."

Schultz tied the score early in the third period, striking a shot from about 20 feet over Hiller's right shoulder.

A night after they exhausted great emotion and energy in beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings 4-3 by shootout, the Ducks were sluggish to open the game.

"Not a textbook effort," Boudreau said. "Two weary teams, and if this was in Edmonton, it's probably the opposite" outcome.

The Ducks didn't get a shot on goal until Dvorak took one with 9:51 remaining in the first.

But after Edmonton's Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall pressured Hiller to increase the shots disparity to 11-2, the Ducks fired the next 20 consecutive on goal.

With 2:39 left in the first, Dvorak slapped a deflected shot by defenseman Ben Lovejoy past Dubnyk.

"He's a real positive character who knew his role when he came in here," Saku Koivu said of Dvorak. "The playoffs are coming up. If you want to do well, adding depth like that is a big boost for our team."

The game also included a rude Anaheim welcome to Edmonton defenseman Justin Schultz, the 22-year-old who signed with the Oilers as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season after spurning the Ducks.

The Ducks drafted Schultz in the 2008 entry draft and he told them repeatedly he intended to come to Anaheim following his University of Wisconsin career before later committing an about-face and opting to exercise his collective-bargaining rights to free agency.

He nearly squeezed a shot past Hiller late in the game, but the puck glanced off the post.

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