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Associated Press
10/26/2006 12:53:18 AM


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf and Travis Moen each scored twice, Chris Pronger had three assists against the team he led to the Stanley Cup finals last spring, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 on Wednesday night.

Rookie Ryan Shannon also scored and Scott Niedermayer had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who had more than four goals for the first time this season. Anaheim is off to its best start in franchise history at 7-0-2, with both losses have come in shootouts. The only other team that hasn't lost in regulation is Buffalo (9-0).

Jarret Stoll scored both goals for Edmonton in the first meeting between the clubs since the Western Conference finals, when the Oilers eliminated Anaheim in five games. They have lost only two of their last 13 regular-season games against the Ducks.

Less than a week after the Oilers were beaten by Carolina in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, Pronger asked them to trade him because his wife Lauren didn't want to stay in Edmonton. The club obliged, sending the four-time all-star and 1999-00 MVP to the Ducks for right wing Joffrey Lupul, defenceman Ladislav Smid and three draft picks.

Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson stopped rookie Dustin Penner on a breakaway with about 5 1-2 minutes left in the first period, after the Ducks' right wing intercepted an attempted cross-ice pass by Petr Sykora near the Edmonton blue line with the score tied 1-all. But Niedermayer and Getzlaf scored less than 2 1-2 minutes apart to give Anaheim a 3-1 lead at the 4-minute mark of the second.

Niedermayer got the go-ahead goal from close range just 4 seconds after Edmonton killed off a holding penalty against Matt Greene. Getzlaf then beat Roloson with a 15-foot wrist shot from the slot after Teemu Selanne's centring pass caromed off the stick of Edmonton's Daniel Tjarnquist and right to Getzlaf.

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