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Oilers boost lead in series

AP , ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson dives to make a save during the second period of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Mighty Ducks in Anaheim, California, on Sunday. Edmonton defeated Anaheim 3-1.

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Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves, Fernando Pisani and Chris Pronger scored key goals, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 3-1 on Sunday to take a commanding lead in the NHL Western Conference finals.

The Oilers own a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series, and a six-game playoff winning streak. They will take both back home, where they've defeated the Ducks 12 in a row since 1999.

Game 3 is in Edmonton today and Game 4 there on Thursday.

Roloson, the 36-year-old goalie who was with Minnesota when the Wild lost to Anaheim in the 2003 playoffs, kept up his outstanding play for the Oilers, who acquired him in a March trade.

Anaheim kept steady pressure on Roloson, but the only puck which got past him was Jeff Friesen's point-blank shot in traffic in the second period.

Pisani scored the go-ahead goal at 17:09 of the second period. Michael Peca added an empty-net goal in the waning seconds.

Pronger opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 13:08 of the first period, with Anaheim's Chris Kunitz off for high-sticking.

Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov, a 25-year-old rookie from Russia, made 22 saves.

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