PLAYOFFS
EDM Wins series 4-1
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Oilers return to Edmonton with 2-0 series lead

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers, growing accustomed

to Dwayne Roloson's rock-solid goaltending, are heading home with a

commanding lead in the Western Conference finals.

Roloson made 33 saves Sunday, Fernando Pisani and Chris Pronger

scored key goals, and Edmonton beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-1

for the second time in a row.

The win gave the Oilers a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven

series and a six-game playoff winning streak. They will take both

back home, where they've defeated the Ducks 12 in a row dating to

1999.

Game 3 is in Edmonton on Tuesday and Game 4 is there on

Thursday.

The Ducks outshot the Oilers again in Game 2, 34-25, but Roloson

allowed only Jeff Friesen's second-period goal.

As he had after the opening victory, Roloson credited his

teammates' defense in front of him, but Edmonton coach Craig

MacTavish and other Oilers said the goalie deserves a lot of

credit.

"He's giving us terrific goaltending," MacTavish said. "I was

saying to the coaches after the game that it's amazing what that

quality of goaltending does for your defensive zone coverage.

"He's really into it."

The Oilers' Ryan Smyth added: "We knew they were going to come

out strong, and obviously Rollie is our backbone. He's been doing

it all along in the playoffs for us.

"It's great to see him really step up when he knew they were

going to come out a little bit harder," Smith said.

Although the Oilers seem in great shape with a two-game lead and

two games coming at home, MacTavish said they won't take anything

for granted.

"We want to go back there with the mentality that we're down

2-0 and have a real hunger," the coach said. "Not that we won't

anyway, but we want to play the type of hockey we played against

San Jose when we were down 2-0.

"And to ride the emotion that our fans are going to give us in

our own building and really make home ice a real advantage for

us."

It wasn't an edge for Anaheim as Roloson, the 36-year-old goalie

acquired from Minnesota in a March trade, kept the Ducks at bay

despite almost constant pressure on him. He blocked, gloved, batted

and kicked away almost everything the Ducks could send at him; the

only puck that got past him was Friesen's point-blank shot in

traffic.

Pisani scored the go-ahead goal at 17:09 of the second period.

Michael Peca added an empty-net goal in the waning seconds in a

game very similar to the Oilers' 3-1 victory in the opener.

"It was a better effort than we had the other night, and we

have to find a way to change the momentum," Anaheim coach Randy

Carlyle said. "We maintained a fairly good puck possession for

periods of time, but we didn't find a way to get the puck inside

often enough.

"Everything seems to be going their way at the moment, and we

have to find some way to turn the tide."

A perfect pass from Sergei Samsonov set up Pisani's 20-footer

from the slot. Skating in a crowd near the crease, Samsonov spotted

Pisani and backhanded the puck to him. Pisani's one-timer sailed

past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

"I got the puck and snapped it right away and it went in the

top half of the net," Pisani said of his eighth goal of the

postseason. "It's been one of those playoffs where we are

capitalizing on our chances."

Bryzgalov, a 25-year-old rookie from Russia, made 22 saves.

Although he lost for the second time in a row after logging a

shutout string of 229 minutes, 42 seconds earlier in the playoffs,

he still has allowed only four goals in the two losses to the

Oilers.

Friesen evened it at 6:12 of the second period with his third of

the postseason. With traffic in front of the Edmonton goal and the

puck loose in the crease, Friesen sliced across from the left side,

tapped the puck toward the right of the crease, then flipped a

backhander that beat Roloson on the glove side.

Pronger opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first

period with Anaheim's Chris Kunitz off for high-sticking. The

Oilers' 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman banged a 50-footer from just

inside the blue line that sailed past Bryzgalov on the stick side

for his third goal and 14th point of the playoffs.

Ales Hemsky, who scored the go-ahead goal for the Oilers in

their Game 1 victory, and Smyth assisted on Pronger's score.Game notes
The Oilers ran their overall winning streak against the

Ducks to 14 in a row, including four victories during this regular

season. ... Edmonton finished eighth in the conference with 95

points, while the Ducks were sixth with 98. The Oilers shocked

top-seeded Detroit by eliminating the league's best regular-season

team in six games, then beat San Jose in six games after losing the

first two. Anaheim outlasted Calgary in seven games in the opening

series, then swept Colorado.