NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver |
(Saturday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Edmonton 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mike Keane scored a pair of goals as the
Vancouver Canucks clinched the Northwest Division title with a 5-2 victory
over the Edmonton Oilers at GM Place.
Brendan Morrison and Mattias Ohlund each contributed a goal and an assist for
the Canucks, who will be the third seed when the Western Conference playoffs
begin. Dan Cloutier made 24 saves for the win.
Igor Ulanov and Brad Isbister scored for the Oilers, who were eliminated from
playoff contention. The loss by Edmonton allowed the Nashville Predators to
clinch the eighth and final playoff berth in the West.
"The team has been playing really well down the stretch, especially
defensively," said Morrison. "We've really came together as a group."
Keane beat Oilers goalie Ty Conklin with a wrist shot through a screen to give
the Canucks a 1-0 lead midway through the first period.
It took the Oilers less than four minutes to even things at 1-1, as Isbister
tallied his 10th of the season at 15:01.
Markus Naslund's 35th goal of the season at 17:48 of the opening period gave
Vancouver a 2-1 edge.
Keane beat Conklin with a blistering wrist shot on a 2-on-1 break to give
Vancouver a 3-1 lead at 13:42 of the second period. Morrison increased the
Canucks' lead to 4-1 with just 1.5 seconds left in the middle frame, beating
the Oilers netminder with a wrist shot from the right circle.
Edmonton pulled within 4-2 on a power-play goal by Ulanov, who took a return
pass from Adam Oates and beat Cloutier from the slot early in the third
Edmonton's Raffi Torres was tossed from the contest after taking Keane into
the boards from behind with five minutes left in the third period. The penalty
gave the Canucks a power play and Ohlund scored to put the game away.
Jussi Markkanen replaced Conklin between the pipes after the second period and
allowed one goal on 10 shots. Conklin finished with 13 saves.
"We all believed," said Vancouver defenseman Ed Jovanovski. "No one questioned
each other. We all worked hard."
The Canucks won their first division title since the 1992-93
season...Vancouver is 8-2-1 in the last 11 games against the Oilers...Edmonton
is 1-3-1 in its last five at Vancouver...The Canucks allowed just 194 goals
this season, a new franchise record low...Vancouver won the season series,
4-2...Keane notched his first multi-point game of the season...Oates, who had
previously announced his retirement, played his last NHL game.
04/04 01:02:40 ET