Rickard Rakell’s hat trick helps Ducks topple Oilers

Rickard Rakell notched a natural hat trick as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 on Saturday.

Corey Perry and Devin Shore also scored for the Ducks (33-37-10). Anaheim has won two of its past three, but is out of the playoff race.

Sam Gagner replied for the Oilers (34-35-9), who have lost two straight and are now all but eliminated from playoff contention.

Shortly after Jakob Silfverberg rang a shot off the post, the Ducks scored with five minutes left in the first period. Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen got a piece of a Perry shot with his glove, only to see it trickle behind him into the net.

The Ducks took a two-goal lead 1:21 into the second period when Silfverberg kept a puck in at the line and sent it to Rakell, who scored on a one-timer.

Anaheim made it 3-0 nine minutes into the second when Rakell backhanded in a rebound for his second goal of the night and his sixth in the past five games.

Rakell picked up the hat trick with his third goal of the game with five minutes left to play in the second period, his 18th of the season. Anthony Stolarz replaced Koskinen in net after that goal.

Anaheim added to its lead a minute-and-a-half into the third after Shore scored on a blast off of a faceoff.

Edmonton broke Ducks goalie John Gibson’s shutout bid with seven minutes left in the third on a goal by Gagner.

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