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 rink tomorrow."
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 the win.
"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 past Salo.
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