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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- There is no 'I' in team, Radek Dvorak said.

However, there is one in "win." Dvorak provided it for the Anaheim Ducks on Monday when he scored two goals in a 2-1 decision over the Edmonton Oilers before an announced crowd of 15,148 at Honda Center.

"It's been a huge couple of games for us," said Dvorak, who recorded his 20th multi-goal game but his first since 2010, when he was playing the Florida Panthers. "It's been nice, but it's more about the team. We've been playing good hockey, and it's been fun winning games. We've got eight games left, and we have to be ready for every game."

Anaheim (27-8-5) is closing in on its first Pacific Division title since 2007. The Ducks, who have gone 5-1-1 in their past seven contests, lead the division by 11 points with eight games remaining.

Dvorak delivered the game-winner at 7:48 of the third period, when he slipped a wrist shot past goalie Devan Dubnyk off a rebound of a Daniel Winnik miss. It was Dvorak's third goal in five games after the 36-year-old right wing signed with the Ducks as a free agent late last month.

"I just happened to be in a good spot," Dvorak said.

"He got two rebounds and capitalized," Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller said of Dvorak. "It doesn't look like much, but he was doing the right thing and being in the right spot at the right time."

Hiller stopped 27 shots for the Ducks, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back after registering a 4-3 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Dubnyk finished with 36 saves for the Oilers (16-16-7), who have dropped 12 of the last 14 games against the Ducks.

The Oilers also are in a tough spot for a playoff berth, having lost their last three. They are four points back of the Detroit Red Wings for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

"We really had to win this one," Edmonton's Taylor Hall said. "Three games go away right there, and now we're a ways back. It's going to take a lot for our group, and we're just going to have to stay motivated, and you never know what could happen. Definitely tonight was one that we had to win."

Anaheim's Saku Koivu recorded two assists in the win, giving him four points in the past four games.

The Ducks prevailed again despite being without Ryan Getzlaf, their captain and leading scorer. Getzlaf missed his third game in a row with an injury to his right leg. He was hurt in Wednesday's win over the Dallas Stars. He is listed as day-to-day, and his availability for Wednesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche is unknown.

Nick Schultz tied the score at 1 when he slapped a shot over the shoulder of Hiller for his first goal at 1:12 of the third period, but it wouldn't hold up.

Dvorak, who spent three seasons with the Oilers, gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead when he rebounded a miss by Ben Lovejoy and slipped a backhand past Dubnyk with 2:39 left in the first period.

"I thought we really came out with a great start," Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said. "The guys were activated, we were getting pucks to Hiller, we were creating a lot of things that made us feel good about the way things were going. I thought the 1-0 (deficit) flattened us, and going 20 minutes, from the 18th minute in the first period to the 18th in the second, with eight minutes short-handed gave us a stalled feeling."

NOTES: Edmonton's Justin Schultz faced the Ducks for the first time. He was booed each time he touched the puck. The 22-year-old defenseman was a second-round pick (43rd overall) by the Ducks in 2008, but never signed with the club. The Oilers signed Schultz as a free agent before the season. ... Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano appeared in his 450th consecutive game. His streak is third best in the NHL behind the streaks of St. Louis' Jay Bouwmeester (624) and Vancouver's Henrik Sedin (619). ... The Ducks reassigned goalie Igor Bobkov to the AHL Norfolk Admirals. Bobkov didn't play for the Ducks during his short stay. He was called up after Hiller became ill and missed Friday's contest against the Stars, leaving the Ducks with only one goalie (Viktor Fasth).
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