NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver|
(Wednesday, December 17th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Edmonton 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Daniel Sedin scored twice and picked up an
assist, leading the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton
Oilers in a Northwest Division tussle at GM Place.
Jannik Hansen registered a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have won
three of their last four games. Curtis Sanford made 22 saves to collect the
In an emotional pre-game ceremony, the Canucks bestowed the ultimate honor on
former captain Trevor Linden, raising his No. 16 to the rafters of General
Motors Place. One of the most beloved and iconic players to ever suit up for
the Canucks, Linden is just the second player in team history to have his
number retired, joining Stan Smyl (No. 12).
Dustin Penner and Sam Gagner scored for the Oilers, who have lost three of
four, including a 9-2 thrashing at home at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks
on Tuesday. Dwayne Roloson was beaten three times on 27 shots in defeat.
Following a scoreless first period, Sedin lit the lamp twice in the middle
stanza, sandwiched around a Ryan Kesler tally, and Vancouver held a 3-0
advantage through 40 minutes of play.
The Canucks capitalized on a two-man advantage to open the scoring. Sedin's
bid from in close was stopped, but Edmonton defenseman Steve Staios drilled
the Swede into Roloson and the puck slid across the goal line at the 1:14
Kesler found the back of the cage at 3:51 and Sedin gave the home squad a
three-goal edge late in the frame. From behind the net, Hansen dished to the
far side of the goal for Sedin, who ripped a shot that beat Roloson on the
short side with 3:50 remaining.
Penner put the Oilers on the board 2:32 into the third period, and Gagner
added a power-play marker with 1:29 left, but Hansen's empty-net goal in the
final minute sealed the win for Vancouver.
Hansen ranks third among rookies with 12 assists...Both clubs finished 1-for-6
on the power play...Vancouver defensemen Sami Salo and Shane O'Brien both left
the game with undisclosed injuries...The Canucks have won four of the last six
meetings with Edmonton...Vancouver improved to 9-3-1 at home this year, while
the Oilers dropped to 10-9-0 on the road.
12/18 01:32:15 ET