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Ducks 3, Oilers 0

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EDMONTON -- The Anaheim Ducks clinched their first Pacific Division title in six years Monday when they completed a two-night sweep of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Ducks posted a 3-0 victory, on the heels of a 3-1 victory Sunday night over the Oilers, to lock up their first Pacific crown since 2006-07, the year they won their lone Stanley Cup championship.

Anaheim (29-11-6) will have the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

For the Oilers, the night meant nothing. Sunday's defeat left them mathematically eliminated from the playoffs for a league-leading seventh straight year.

Edmonton didn't waste any time digging itself a hole Monday, starting with back-to-back penalties from captain Shawn Horcoff that resulted in one power-play goal against and a lot of time spent hemmed up in the defensive end.

Ryan Getzlaf's power-play goal after 6:13 wound up being the game-winner.

The Oilers, who were being outshot 9-0 at one point, fell behind 2-0 when Radek Dvorak was left all alone by the side of the Edmonton net at 11:48 of the first period. He could have counted to five before scoring his fourth of the season, three of which have come against the Oilers.

Edmonton pushed back hard in the second period, with a cast of maligned veterans such as Ryan Smyth and Ryan Jones leading the way, but despite some of the team's best pressure in five periods, the Oilers couldn't crack Viktor Fasth in the Anaheim net.

Edmonton continued pressing in the final period, and it looked as if it would launch a comeback -- the Oilers have come from behind in the third period six times this season -- but a point shot from Sami Vatanen at 3:55 gave Anaheim all the insurance it would need.

The Oilers scored one minute into the first period of the first game Sunday night, then didn't score again for the next 119 minutes.

They've lost eight of their last nine, five in a row at home.

The Ducks won for the 11th consecutive time at Rexall Place. The last time they lost a game in Edmonton was Nov. 30, 2007. It is the longest winning streak in any opponent's building in franchise history.

NOTES: Edmonton C Eric Belanger, who was going to be shut down for the season with a groin injury, was pressed into action Monday by the foot injury to Magnus Paajarvi. The Oilers were all out of forwards because they've only been carrying one spare. They use the other extra roster spot for D Theo Peckham, who's been a healthy scratch in all but four games this season. He's being punished for coming to training camp out of shape. ... Ducks RW Bobby Ryan was a late scratch after becoming ill during the day.
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