NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton
(Saturday, December 30th)
Final Score: Vancouver 6, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Mattias Ohlund and Daniel Sedin each had a pair of goals as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 6-2, at Rexall Place.
Jan Bulis and Sami Salo also scored for the Canucks, who have won three in a row following a three-game slide. Henrik Sedin had a pair of assists and Roberto Luongo recorded his first career win in Edmonton, stopping 35-of-37 shots.
Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Shawn Horcoff accounted for the only Edmonton goals. The Oilers have just one win in their last six games, and only two wins in their last nine. Jussi Markkanen made 19 saves in defeat.
Vancouver dictated the pace of play early on, with repeated pressure in the offensive finally paying off.
At 8:38 into the first period, Markus Naslund grabbed the puck and moved into the Edmonton zone before sending a pass to Ryan Kesler down low. Kesler managed to control the disc, which took a strange bounce before landing at the skates of Bulis in the slot. Bulis finished off the play by wristing the puck past a sprawling Markkanen for the 1-0 lead.
A little more than four minutes later, Jeff Cowan and Jean-Francois Jacques dropped the gloves at center ice. After exchanging a flurry of punches, Jacques got the upper hand after busting Cowan open and the officials finally jumped in to bring a stop to the fisticuffs.
Play continuted, but after a couple of big scoring chances on both sides, Steve Staios ran over Vancouver forward Taylor Pyatt at the Oilers blueline with 26 seconds to play. Pyatt got angry with the hit and immediately turned and challenged Staios. Both players then exchanged punches in the second fight of the period.
On a power play early on in the second period, Kevin Bieksa rifled a shot from the right point that was deflected out of mid-air by Sedin. The puck snuck past Markkanen and into the top corner of the net, doubling the Vancouver lead.
The Canucks added two more goals in the second period to widen the margin to 4-0.
Things once again got heated between the two sides, after Alex Burrows hit Staios with a high stick in the corner of the Edmonton zone at the 12-minute mark. A brawl nearly broke out afterward, as six or seven players started pushing and shoving, resulting in additional roughing penalities for Stoll and Kesler.
The man advantage was quickly snuffed out when Ryan Smyth was whistled for hooking. A short time after his penalty expired, the Canucks moved up ice and Salo ripped a slapshot from the left circle beat Markkanen to make it a 3-0 game.
Vancouver scored again with 2:36 remaining in the period to take a 4-0 lead. Ohlund took a feed from Daniel Sedin and ripped the puck past the netminder for his sixth goal of the season.
The Oilers finally lit the lamp 40 seconds into the third. Smyth gathered the puck behind the Vancouver net and threw it out front of the crease. Luongo couldn't move fast enough and Pouliot used a backhand shot to put the disc it into the wide open net, cutting the Edmonton deficit to 4-1.
Ohlund's second goal of the night gave Vancouver a 5-1 lead with 4:58 to play in the game. 67 seconds later, the Oilers tallied again to make it a three- goal game, as Torres dished to Horcoff at the top of the crease and he sent it past Luongo at 16:09.
Daniel Sedin scored 38 seconds later to cap the scoring.
There were 23 penalties in the game. Edmonton went 0-for-9 on the man- advantage while Vancouver tallied on 2-of-5 opportunities...Cowan made his Canucks debut tonight after being claimed on waivers earlier in the day from the Los Angeles Kings...Ohlund scored two goals in a game for the first time this season...The season series is now tied, 2-2...Daniel Sedin has a four game point streak (6G, 3A) and Henrik Sedin has a four game point streak (1G, 6A)... Naslund's assist in the first period was his 400th NHL assist.
12/31 01:07:33 ET