The Edmonton Oilers lost their fourth in a row, falling 4-1 on the road to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.
The Oilers continue to have trouble scoring, with just four goals on 117 shots over the last three games
After a strong start, the Oilers made a bad line change and allowed a breakaway goal by Nick Ritchie 7:13 into the first.
Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler extended the Ducks lead to 3-0 before the second frame was eight minutes old. The Oilers applied tons of pressure in the latter half of the second period but could manage only a late goal from Leon Draisaitl. Edmonton outshot Anaheim 17-9 in the second period.
The Ducks controlled the third period and got an insurance goal from Antoine Vermette with 11:00 left.
John Gibson earned the win in net with 34 saves. Cam Talbot made 23 saves and took the loss.
Oilers head coach Todd McLellan says the team hasn’t beep putting up many markers in the results column lately.
“We’re still doing some things that are good for our hockey club. We need to find probably five or six individuals to pick their game up, whether it’s on the blue line or up front. When the margins are so tight in this league when it comes to being number one or number 30, you can’t get it done with average play from five or six guys.”
The Oilers fall to 9-7-1 on the season. They’ll play in Los Angeles on Thursday. (jrw)