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Ducks continue to roll with 5-2 victory over Edmonton Oilers

Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who became a father Tuesday, scores two in the first period.

January 03, 2014|By Lance Pugmire

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Ben Lovejoy's life-changing week added another wrinkle Friday night, when he scored near-duplicate goals in a 2-minute 43-second span of the first period to pace the Ducks to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

“I just tried to hit the net,” the defenseman said. “Two good shots, great feeling, great win. It's been an awesome couple of days, and I'd love to keep it going.”

Lovejoy called Tuesday “an all-around amazing day,” when he witnessed the late-morning birth of his first child, daughter Lila, then contributed the defensive play of the night to help the Ducks beat San Jose.

BOX SCORE: Ducks 5, Edmonton 2

Just inside the blue line Friday, Lovejoy uncorked a wicked shot that struck the post to the right of Edmonton goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and ricocheted into the net late in the period.

Then, with 4.4 seconds remaining, Lovejoy again took a pass from in front by Cam Fowler and did the same thing, banking the shot off the post for a 3-2 lead.

“It has to be perfectly in my wheelhouse,” said Lovejoy, who didn't score a goal in 35 games last season. “It's a very small sweet spot.

“It's the first game my daughter's seen. She brought me good luck.”

The Ducks (30-8-5) improved to 16-0-2 at Honda Center, five wins shy of the most in an unbeaten-in-regulation start in NHL history, while goalie Jonas Hiller shrugged off two early Edmonton goals to extend his club-record win streak to 10.

The last-place Oilers (13-26-5) managed only eight shots in the final two periods, falling to 3-13 in back-to-back games.

The Ducks outshot Edmonton 14-3 in the second period and extended their lead to 4-2 with 44 seconds left in the period when Tim Jackman converted a pass from behind the net by center Nick Bonino.

“He has such good hands, and such good vision, he makes guys miss and makes nice plays,” Jackman said of Bonino.

When Edmonton killed off a four-minute high-sticking penalty by Taylor Hall early in the third period, it marked the seventh successful penalty kill by the Oilers with the Ducks failing to score on 15 man-advantage shots.

Minutes later, Andrew Cogliano scored his 13th goal by knocking down a shot at mid-ice by Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry, racing on a breakaway and converting against the team that traded him to Anaheim in 2011.

The Ducks have scored 11 goals in the last two games, just one by their first-line stars Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who have been teamed with Jakob Silfverberg rather than Dustin Penner.

“We have depth,” Getzlaf said. “At different times, we have people stepping up in different situations. If it's not us, it's somebody else. The guys picked us up.”

Until Lovejoy's burst, the Ducks surprisingly found themselves trailing the Western Conference's worst team.

Edmonton scored 35 seconds into the game when center Boyd Gordon flipped a backhanded shot under Hiller.

The Ducks answered 11 seconds later when forward Kyle Palmieri scored his eighth goal of the season with his own backhanded shot past former Duck Bryzgalov.

“We buckled down, that's more our game,” Cogliano said.

lance.pugmire@latimes.com

Twitter: @latimespugmire

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