NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton |
(Saturday, February 21st)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Eric Brewer scored with 1:04 remaining in
overtime to give the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks
at Rexall Place.
Ryan Smyth set up the winning goal and finished with three assists for
Edmonton, which has won two straight. Tommy Salo had 18 saves in the victory.
"We haven't had a lot of breaks this year and we created our own break in the
end," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Brew made a terrific play. It was a
great feeling for our team and it will give us a lot of energy coming into the
Todd Bertuzzi had two assists for the Canucks, who have lost five of their
last six games (1-4-0-1). Dan Cloutier made 34 saves in a losing effort.
Smyth battled for the puck behind the Canucks' net and was able to get a pass
off to Brewer in front. With a defenseman on his back, Brewer backhanded a
shot that trickled over the goal line at 3:56 of overtime to give the Oilers
"That was really our only goal once we got into overtime," Brewer said. "We
battled like crazy to get there. I thought we played really well. Guys moved
the puck well, played the type of game we needed to."
Edmonton began the extra session on the power play, but failed to get a shot
on Cloutier. Adam Oates had an opportunity in close just after the power play
ended, but Cloutier made the save to keep the game going.
Salo had to make just one save in overtime.
The Oilers opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 1:45 into the
contest. Shawn Horcoff collected a loose puck in the slot and fired a shot
that Cloutier stopped. Fernando Pisani, however, fired the rebound between the
pads of the netminder for a 1-0 lead.
Marek Malik tied the game just 17 seconds later. The shot from the left point
bounced past Salo at 2:02 to even the score at 1-1.
Daniel Sedin beat Salo with a blistering wrist shot late in the opening period
to give the Canucks a 2-1 advantage.
Marc-Andre Bergeron's blast from the point during a power play bounced off the
back boards and in front to Oates, who flipped the puck over a sprawled
Cloutier to tie the game at 2-2 at 14:40 of the middle frame.
Artem Chubarov scored at 15:47 of the second period to give Vancouver a 3-2
lead. Chubarov's shot from the point hit Edmonton's Ethan Moreau and deflected
Moreau's blast was stopped by Cloutier, who thought he had the puck covered
for a face off. Oates, however, dug the puck lose and Ales Hemsky sent a
backhander through the legs of the netminder and into the net 4:21 into the
third period to knot the score again.
Oates' goal was his first as an Oiler and his first in 42 games...Brewer
notched his sixth career game-winning goal...Edmonton finished 2-for-5 with
the man-advantage, while the Canucks failed in three opportunities on the
power play...Vancouver center Fedor Fedorov assisted on Chubarov's goal for
his first career point.
02/22 02:23:54 ET