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Hall has goal, 2 assists in Oilers' win over Ducks

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 11:20 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — All that is left for the Edmonton Oilers to do in the regular season is to spoil the postseason plans of others.

Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, and the Oilers beat the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Sunday night.

David Perron, Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz also scored for the Oilers (28-42-9), who have won two in a row.

"Playing the role of spoilers can be a lot of fun," said Hall, who moved into seventh place in the NHL scoring race with 77 points. "To get on a team that really needed those points tonight was good.

"To play a good solid third period against a team like this and not give up a lot was nice. It was a learning game for us. It wasn't perfect by any means, but for the most part we shut them down."

It is the third time the teams have met in the past two weeks. The Oilers beat the Ducks 4-3 in overtime on March 28, and Anaheim edged Edmonton 3-2 on Wednesday.

Perron said the Oilers showed a lot to keep the Ducks from rallying.

"I liked the way that we kept going when it was 3-2," he said. "It was a good game all around. At this point there isn't a whole lot to play for, and to get that kind of energy was pretty cool.

"We want to keep our momentum going into next year and play this kind of hockey right from the start. We had a lot of great emotion."

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said three second-period fights had an effect on the outcome.

"It certainly rattled their team," he said. "They are a composed group in Anaheim, and then when the first one erupted, that seemed to set them off the tracks a little bit. I thought they got distracted. I think it worked in our favor.

"They were so upset they were even yelling at me, which is always great when I didn't even throw a punch."

Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Perry scored for the Ducks (50-20-8), who have lost two straight and remained just one point ahead of the idle San Jose Sharks in the Pacific.

"We're struggling finding ways to win hockey games right now," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "I thought we started a lot better than we have in the past and were in a hockey game.

"We let our emotions get the best of us a little bit there for a while, and I thought that was a little bit counterproductive, and that's our responsibility, me and (Perry)."

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said it was an up-and-down performance by goalie Jonas Hiller.

"It's tough. I thought (Hiller) played well in the first period. Then there were a couple in the second that he could have had," Boudreau said. "Then in the third, he regained his form again. It's one of those things where he's really lacking in confidence, and once the first one went in, he was a little worried until he regained his composure."

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