NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver
(Monday, December 4th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Vancouver 0
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Dwayne Roloson stopped all 36 shots he faced, notching his second shutout of the season, as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0 at GM Place.
Petr Sykora notched two assists, Raffi Torres picked up a goal and one assist, while Shawn Horcoff, Daniel Tjarnqvist and Joffrey Lupul scored for Edmonton, which snapped a three-game losing skid.
"We've come out and we've played well right away and other teams have taken it to us," said Roloson. "But we were able to maintain the whole game plan through it for sixty minutes tonight, we executed everything that the coaches wanted us to do."
Roberto Luongo made only 14 saves in the loss for Vancouver, which has dropped two of its last three games.
Edmonton's energy line staked the Oilers to a 1-0 lead at 8:13, when Horcoff's try from the left circle caught a Canuck defenseman's blade, arched into the air, and skipped past Luongo as he came out of the net to cut down the angle on the shot.
Two goals within 34 seconds tripled the Oilers' lead to 3-0 before two minutes were played in the second.
With 58 seconds gone, Tjarnqvist rifled a shot through Luongo's pads from the left side, and at the 1:32 mark, Lupul stripped a Canuck defenseman, turned to the forehand, and scored on the short side from the edge of the left circle.
Torres brought the lead up to 4-0, 3:54 into the third, threading a shot past Luongo through his armpit after Jarret Stoll stripped the puck from a Vancouver forward halfway up the boards on the right side, and fed the breaking winger for his fifth of the season.
Vancouver was denied a chance to break the shutout with 4 1/2 minutes left, as Alexandre Burrows' shot from just outside the crease was smothered by Roloson before it fully crossed the goal line.
"I think we'd all like to know what to do different," Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. "Obviously, offense, the power play is not working and our offense is not what it should be. That's a big factor. We're getting shots again, but maybe we're not getting in deep enough in the scoring areas and screening and getting dirty."
Edmonton leads the season series, 2-1, and tonight's win is the first road victory for either team...Vancouver was shut out for the third time this season, and the second time in six games...Canucks forward Taylor Pyatt absorbed a nasty hit in the first period, left the ice under his own power, but did not return...The Oilers host Carolina on Wednesday, while the Canucks are off until Friday, when they entertain Carolina.
12/05 02:43:19 ET