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4/2/2014 11:02:52 AM
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(SportsNetwork.com) - The Edmonton Oilers have no hopes of spoiling the Anaheim Ducks playoff chances, but they can put a dent in their quest for the Pacific Division title.

Anaheim kicked off a three-game homestand on Monday by welcoming Winnipeg to town, but the Jets were rude visitors as they went up 4-0 at the 10:54 mark of the second period.

However, Anaheim was able to rally for a 5-4 overtime victory.

The Ducks could have used some help from the Oilers last night, but instead Edmonton was defeated 5-4 by San Jose.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist, Taylor Hall notched a goal and three assists and Jordan Eberle finished with a goal and two helpers.

"We battled extremely hard," Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said. "In my recent memory I can't remember a game where we were supporting and fighting and battling [like we did]. I liked our compete level."

Ben Scrivens allowed all five goals on 33 shots in the setback.

Anaheim is to 4-0-1 in its last five games and looking for its third straight victory.

"We didn't have a great start [Monday vs. Winnipeg]. Being down 4-0 halfway through the game, it's tough to overcome," Perry said. "But we said in here, if we keep pushing and playing that style we established in the second half of the second period, no team can play with us. That's the way we've got to keep playing."

The Ducks set a club record with their 49th win of the season, surpassing the 48-win total set by the Stanley Cup-winning 2006-07 club, and moved three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division.

The Sharks were able to pull back to within a point following Tuesday night's victory over the Oilers, but the Ducks have two games in hand.

The Ducks and Oilers, who sit last in the Western Conference with 61 points, will wrap their season series with two meetings over the next five days. Anaheim will visit Edmonton on Sunday after concluding its homestand on Friday versus the Nashville Predators.

The Ducks won their first two encounters with the Oilers this season to push their series winning streak to six in a row before the Oilers won the most recent encounter 4-3 in overtime at home on March 28.

Anaheim has still won 16 of the last 19 meetings overall as well as three straight and seven of the previous nine at home.

Ben Scrivens (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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