Oilers drop Ducks


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Fernando Pisani and the Edmonton Oilers are a win away from the Stanley Cup finals.

Pisani’s team-leading ninth goal of the postseason helped the Oilers withstand a late rally by the Anaheim Might Ducks, and Edmonton won Game 3 of the Western Conference final 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Edmonton will go for the sweep and their first trip to the finals since 1990 on Thursday at home.

The Oilers roared out to a 4-0 lead on goals by Michael Peca, Steve Staios and Chris Pronger in the first five minutes of a wild third period.

But Anaheim came right back on goals by Sean O’Donnell, Teemu Selanne and Chris Kunitz to make it 4-3.

Pisani gave Edmonton some insurance.

It turned out to be a huge goal after Selanne scored his second of the game to bring Anaheim back within 5-4.

Toby Petersen scored in the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

Edmonton has won seven straight since falling behind 2-0 to San Jose in the second round.

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