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Visnovsky's third-period goal lifts Oilers to 3-2 win over Ducks

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Visnovsky's third-period goal lifts Oilers to 3-2 win over Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mathieu Garon made 33 saves and Shawn Horcoff, Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky scored to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.

Visnovsky scored a power-play goal 2:41 into the third period, blasting a shot from the right point past Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller to lift the Oilers (2-0) to victory while keeping Anaheim winless (0-4) this season.

Kent Huskins and Rob Niedermayer scored for the Ducks. Hiller made 25 saves in his first start of the season.

Anaheim had averaged over 31 penalty minutes during its opening three losses. The Ducks managed to take just four minor-penalties Wednesday, a call against Corey Perry 2:21 into the final period for interfering with Garon provided the Oilers the chance to score the game winner.

After sitting as a healthy scratch in Tuesday's 6-3 loss in Los Angeles, Huskins had plenty of early resolve Wednesday. He quickly jumped into a rush and blasted a rising shot past Garon just 2:12 after Horcoff had given the Oilers a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Niedermayer put the Ducks ahead 2-1 in the second period, whisking in a backhander from the high slot after Travis Moen and Scott Niedermayer fought to keep the puck alive along the right boards in the Oilers zone.

Edmonton tied the game with 1:37 to play in the second when Souray deflected a pass from Robert Nillson off the right post and under Hiller.

Notes: Defenceman Ken Klee and forward Brian Sutherby were healthy scratches for the Ducks. ... The announced crowd of 16,604 was 570 short of sellout, ending a 78-game regular season and playoff sellout streak by the Ducks at Honda Center dating back to December 6, 2006.

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Visnovsky's third-period goal lifts Oilers to 3-2 win over Ducks