NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton
(Monday, October 19th)
Final Score: Edmonton 2, Vancouver 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Sam Gagner scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Edmonton Oilers survived a score that came just after the clock expired to beat Vancouver, 2-1, at Rexall Place.
Patrick O'Sullivan registered a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who have won four of their last five games. Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 39 shots in the victory.
"These games are the ones at the end of the year that are going to be important," said O'Sullivan. "You have to continue to try to keep the teams below you down there."
Steve Bernier had the lone score for the Canucks, who couldn't gain momentum from a 2-1 win against Minnesota on Saturday. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in defeat.
"The effort was definitely there tonight," said Luongo. "If we play like this on the road we have a shot."
Gagner scored on a rebound in front at 10:33 of the third, and the Oilers looked to ice the victory when Ales Hemsky was on a breakaway with the Vancouver net empty in the final minute. He was pulled down from behind, but no penalty was called.
Bernier centered the puck in the final half-minute, but the disc never got to the net. Then, Kyle Wellwood carried the puck into the Edmonton zone and put the puck between Khabibulin's pads, but it crossed the goal line just after the clock showed zeroes.
Bernier scored 6:32 into the game on a rebound, and it became 1-1 26 seconds into the second when O'Sullivan, stationed in front, took a left circle pass from Denis Grebeshkov for the tying tally.
The Canucks play at Chicago Wednesday, while the Oilers next play Thursday at home against Columbus...Vancouver was 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Canucks went 0-for-3...The Oilers are 4-1-1 at home.
10/20 01:18:08 ET