Fernando Pisani like another famous Fernando, put on a marvelous display Sunday night as he scored a key goal at just the right time to move the Edmonton Oilers on to a second straight victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Pisani scored the second goal of the game, one more than needed to give the Oil the win he also picked up an assist on his two point night as Edmonton put away the Ducks 3-1 and suddenly have taken charge of he best of seven series and sit poised to put the Ducks away and gain some much needed rest.
Another marvelous performance came from Oiler goaltender Dwayne Roloson who stopped 33 Duck shots, many of them in flurries as he once again kept his Oiler team mates in the game, until they could regroup and regain control of a game that at times the Ducks looked ready to take charge of. But everytime they would apply the pressure, Roloson stood his ground and denied them a come back. He was aided by a stingy Oiler defence that did a marvelous job of clearing the puck and controlling the rebounds denying the Ducks much in the way of secondary opportunities.
Chris Pronger opened the scoring for Edmonton in the first period with a wire of a shot from the point, that goal was answered in the second period by the Duck’s Jeff Freisen who scored Anaheim’s only goal of the game. Pisani also went to work in the second period and Michael Peca put the insurance marker into an empty net in the last minute of play.
The Oilers picked up their second win despite down a few players suffering from the flu, but the remaining group more than held their own against a desperate looking Anaheim club. That desperation probably comes from the realization that the road ahead just became a lot tougher for the Ducks, since 1999 Anaheim has not won a game in Edmonton is twelve regular season matches, they also face an Edmonton team that has gone undefeated in the playoffs for the last four games.
Game three goes Tuesday night at Rexall Place, as Fernando might say, it’s shaping up to be a marvelous night, for the Oilers are looking marvelous darling, simply marvelous!