NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver
(Saturday, October 11th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Edmonton 0
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Johan Hedberg stopped 14 shots for the shutout while Matt Cooke scored a pair of goals and added an assist, as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Edmonton Oilers, 3-0, at GM Place.
Jiri Slegr also scored for the Canucks, who are off to a 2-0 start for the second year in a row.
Edmonton (1-1) hasn't won its first two games of a season since winning three straight to start the 1996-97 campaign.
Hedberg, making his debut for the Canucks, stopped four shots in the first period, six in the second and four in the third en route to his eighth career shutout. He became the first goaltender to post a shutout in his Vancouver debut since Mike Fountain turned the trick against New Jersey on November 14, 1996.
Cooke tallied both of his goals in the first period, giving the Canucks an early 2-0 lead. Just 1:41 into the contest, Cooke took a feed from Mattias Ohlund and beat Edmonton goaltender Tommy Salo with a high shot from the slot.
Cooke's second goal came on a one-handed deflection of Ed Jovanovski's shot from the top of the right circle at the 8:40 mark of the opening frame.
Slegr put Vancouver up 3-0 with a shorthanded goal at 13:44 of the second period. Cooke carried the puck along the left boards into the Edmonton zone and zipped a cross-ice pass over to a cutting Mike Keane in the right circle. Keane then quickly sent the puck into the low slot for Slegr, who beat Salo for his first goal since February 7, 2002.
The Oilers' best chance at reaching the scoreboard came with about 6 1/2 minutes left, when Hedberg made a shoulder save on Jason Smith's one-timer from the slot.
Salo finished with 19 saves in the loss.
Cooke tied a career-high for points in a game, as he last tallied three points (2 goals, 1 assist) March 3, 2003, versus Boston...Vancouver's last shutout against Edmonton was recorded by Kirk McLean on October 13, 1997...The Canucks are 5-0-1 in their last six meetings with the Oilers...Vancouver went 0-for-8 on the power play, while Edmonton was 0-for-9.
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