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Marchant lifts Ducks past Oilers, 3-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Todd Marchant scored the go-ahead goal with 11:39 left in the third period and the Anaheim Ducks beat Edmonton 3-2 on Wednesday night, setting a franchise record with their 11th straight home victory and extending the Oilers' club-record road losing streak to 11 games.

Bobby Ryan scored twice, and Jonas Hiller made 17 of his 37 saves during the first period in the opener of the four-game season series.

The Ducks are 13-5-0 in their last 18 and just two points behind Calgary for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. They played without Ryan Getzlaf, who sprained his left ankle Monday night in a 4-2 win over Los Angeles.

Ryan Potulny and Ethan Moreau scored short-handed goals in the second period for the Oilers, whose penalty-killing unit had produced only one over the first 58 games. Jeff Deslauriers made 27 saves.

Edmonton, mired in a 3-22-2 freefall, is at the bottom of the NHL standings with 42 points — seven behind Toronto. The Oilers have never finished a season with the NHL's worst record. They had the best record three times during the Wayne Gretzky era.

The Oilers haven't won a road game since Dec. 11, when they concluded a 5-1 trip with a 5-3 victory at St. Louis. That also was the last time they scored more than four goals in a game. The defeat tied their longest road winless streak — set in 1990-91 when they went 0-7 with four ties.

Marchant, who spent nine-plus seasons with Edmonton, redirected James Wisniewski's slap shot from the right point past Deslauriers' glove for his first game-winner of the season less than a minute after the Oilers had killed off an interference penalty against Steve Staios.

Ryan opened the scoring at 13:58 of the first period, converting a pass from behind the net by Corey Perry after Perry worked the puck free from defenseman Ladislav Smid.

The Oilers came up empty during a 5-on-3 power play they had for a minute and 32 seconds early in the second period, but were able to tie the score while killing off a tripping penalty against Staios.

Moreau's persistent forechecking behind the net caused Steve Eminger to cough up the puck and it bounced out in front, where Potulny scored his first career short-handed goal on a one-timer from the slot.

Moreau put Edmonton ahead 2-1 at 14:33 of the second with his 15th short-handed goal, beating Hiller to the glove side on a breakaway just 9 seconds after Smid was sent off for holding Jason Blake. But the Ducks tied it with 42 seconds still left on Smid's penalty, as Ryan carried the puck into the right circle and beat Deslauriers to the glove side for his team-high 27th goal.

The teams meet again Saturday at Edmonton before heading into the Olympic break.

NOTES: Oilers coach Pat Quinn and general manager Steve Tambellini rejoined his team a day after attending a funeral in Canton, Mass., for Brendan Burke, the son of Toronto general manager Brian Burke. ... The Ducks' previous record for consecutive home wins was set two seasons ago. Eight of their first nine games after the Olympic break will be at Honda Center.

(This version CORRECTS Ducks 3, Oilers 2. SUBS 6th graf to correct score of Dec. 12 game to 5-3 sted 5-2.)