NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton|
(Sunday, February 19th)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Henrik and Daniel Sedin had a goal and an
assist each as the Vancouver Canucks took care of the Edmonton Oilers, 5-2, at
Sami Salo, Kevin Bieksa and Chris Higgins also scored, and Alexandre Burrows
added a pair of assists for the Canucks, who have won four straight and seven
of their last eight. Cory Schneider made 26 saves in the victory.
"A lot of credit goes to my teammates," Schneider said. "They took care of
things instead of me having to make big saves."
Shawn Horcoff and Magnus Paajarvi scored for the Oilers, who have lost three
straight and five of their last six. Nikolai Khabibulin gave up two goals on
17 shots before leaving the game in the first period with a groin injury.
Devan Dubnyk was tagged for three goals on 14 shots in relief.
Vancouver struck first just 53 seconds into the game after Burrows chased down
the loose disc in the left corner, dished it to Daniel Sedin, who found his
brother wide open in front and Henrik Sedin tapped it in.
Skating with a 5-on-3 man advantage, the Canucks extended their lead to 2-0 at
6:34 of the first stanza when Henrik Sedin sent a perfect feed to Salo, who
wristed it past Khabibulin from the slot.
Edmonton cut its deficit to 2-1 just 1:08 into the second period after Tom
Gilbert threw a shot on net from the right point that wound up on the stick of
Ryan Smyth in front. Smyth quickly sent it to Horcoff, who deposited it into
an empty cage.
The Canucks though, restored their two-goal lead with 4:59 left in the second
period when Bieksa ripped a slap shot from the point that got through Dubnyk
courtesy of a perfect screen in front by Dale Weise.
Higgins then made it 4-1 when he got a perfect feed in the slot from Jannik
Hansen and ripped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Dubnyk with 3:20 to play
in the period.
Paajarvi pulled the Oilers within two with a one-timer off a 3-on-2 rush that
squeezed through Schneider, but Sedin put the game away just 33 seconds into
the final stanza when he jumped on a loose puck in the slot and fired a slap
shot past Dubnyk.
"I thought we did a good job of fighting back," Horcoff said. "In the second
period, we were right in the game. We were too aggressive in certain areas and
we were too soft in our own zone for sure. We turned pucks over and gave them
too many easy chances to score."
Vancouver improved to 25-0-0 when leading after two periods this
season...Schneider has won 11 of his last 12 games...The Canucks are 6-0-1 in
their last seven on the road...The Sedin twins have combined for 12 points in
their last two games...Vancouver finished 1-of-5 with the man advantage, while
the Oilers failed to convert on their only power play chance...Vancouver will
visit the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, while the Oilers will play the
Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
02/20 00:28:33 ET