Ducks spoil Bryzgalov’s return, win fifth in a row

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Ilya Bryzgalov returned to action on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to get the Edmonton Oilers back on a winning track or end the Anaheim Ducks’ surge. The Ducks won their fifth in a row by beating the Oilers 3-2 tonight.

Even so, it wasn’t all bad for Bryzgalov or his team.

“There were lots of positives for us tonight,” Bryzgalov said. “It’s unfortunate we weren’t able to get a win.”

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins agrees.

“I can’t find a lot wrong with our game tonight. I thought our guys played excellent right to the end,” Eakins said. “It’s one of those nights where you feel like you deserved a point, if not both.”

They didn’t get a point for their third consecutive game, however.

The contest wasn’t without incident, as defenseman Corey Potter received a match penalty for checking Nick Bonino from behind. Here’s a GIF of the hit, via Prime Ticket by way of The Score:

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The Ducks are keeping within a stride of first place, as they’re just one win shy of tying the Chicago Blackhawks.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Oilers remain the third worst team in the NHL and the worst in the West.