NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver
(Thursday, February 1st)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Edmonton 3
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Markus Naslund scored the game-winning goal and added an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at General Motors Place.
Mattias Ohlund, Henrik Sedin, Jan Bulis and Marc Chouinard each tallied a goal for the Canucks, who have won two of their last three games. Roberto Luongo made 29 saves in the win.
"It was a good, hardworking effort," said Naslund. "I didn't think we were as sharp at the end of the game, but overall we battled hard and I think we deserved the win."
Marty Reasoner had a goal and an assist while Dwayne Roloson stopped 29-of-33 shots in the loss for the Oilers, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.
"We needed to show more desperation at the start of the hockey game for sure," said Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish. "Why it wasn't there was a mystery. We get back in the game and give ourselves a chance to win and we just give them two goals in the third period. You're not going to win at this level giving up easy goals in crucial situations."
The Canucks got the only goal of the first period when a left point shot by Ohlund tipped off the stick of an Edmonton defender and past Roloson 7:11 into the contest.
Luongo made several nice stops in the first period and kept the Oilers off the board, making a total of eight saves in the frame.
Vancouver took a 2-0 lead in the second when Daniel Sedin sent a pass from the right point to the high slot where his brother redirected the puck between the pads of Roloson at the 8:58 mark.
The Oilers, though, answered a little over three minutes later to make it a 2-1 game. Ryan Smyth was checked into the net by Ohlund and bumped Luongo, causing the goaltender to fall to the ice. Reasoner took advantage of the situation and popped the loose puck into the net. Vancouver argued that Smyth was interfering with Luongo, but the referee correctly said that Smyth was pushed into the goaltender.
The Canucks gave themselves some breathing room in the third as Chouinard skated in on a breakaway, deked to the backhand and flipped the puck over the right pad of Roloson for a 3-1 lead 7:27 in.
The Oilers gave themselves some life when Ladislav Smid tried a wraparound attempt that Luongo saved, but Toby Petersen was right on the doorstep to stuff in the rebound with 2:44 to play.
Naslund, though, got the goal back just 47 seconds later when he forced a turnover at the right point in the Vancouver end, skated the length of the ice, deked out Marc-Andre Bergeron and slid a shot between the pads of Roloson.
The goal proved to be fortuitous as, with Roloson pulled from the net, Joffrey Lupul scored on a shot from the left side with 37.4 to play to make it a 4-3 game.
Bulis, though, sealed the win with an empty-netter in the closing moments.
The Canucks hit the road for a game in Calgary on Saturday...Edmonton plays in Colorado on Saturday...Vancouver has won three straight against Edmonton...Both teams had seven power plays in the game, but neither were able to take advantage...Ales Hemsky had two assists in the game.
02/02 01:54:27 ET