NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton
(Friday, October 12th)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Edmonton 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Rick Rypien, Alex Burrows and Brendan Morrison each scored a goal and had an assist as the Vancouver Canucks rolled to a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Markus Naslund and Henrik Sedin also scored for Vancouver, which won for the sixth consecutive time against the Oilers, and rebounded from an ugly 8-2 loss to Philadelphia Wednesday night.
The Canucks got 28 saves from Roberto Luongo, while Kevin Bieksa had a pair of assists.
Sheldon Souray and Raffi Torres scored goals and Sam Gagner notched the first multiple-point game of his career with two assists for Edmonton, which lost its first home game of the season and its third straight overall.
The Oilers employed two goaltenders, both of whom had their share of trouble stopping the Vancouver offense. Mathieu Garon played the first period, and was peppered for three goals on 11 shots. Dwayne Roloson was slightly better in his two periods of relief, but still allowed two goals - including a soft one right through the wickets - on just eight shots.
Sedin gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead 10:27 into the first period when he flipped a wrist shot past Garon on an assist from his brother Daniel. A little more than two minutes later, Rypien took a pass from Jeff Cowan and scored a backhanded goal for a 2-0 advantage.
Souray cut the lead in half with just ten seconds remaining in the first when he received a pass from Gagner and fired a slap shot past Luongo.
Burrows put Vancouver back up by two goals with a shorthanded goal at 3:12 in the second, assisted by Rypien. But a holding penalty on Henrik Sedin resulted in an Edmonton power-play goal when Torres scored off of a pass from Andrew Cogliano at 17:21.
Vancouver then regained its two-goal lead just 20 seconds later when Morrison beat Roloson with a wrist shot assisted by Bieksa.
With just over two minutes remaining in the game, Naslund provided the backbreaker. He took a pass around the boards and split a pair of Edmonton defenders from the right side, then flipped a shot towards Roloson, who attempted to poke it away, but fanned, allowing the puck to trickle in for a goal and a 5-2 count.
Torres' second-period tally was Edmonton's first power play goal of the season; it had been 0-for-19 in the four previous games...In eight meetings during the 2006-07 season, Edmonton was 1-for-41 on the power play against Vancouver, but is 1-for-4 to start this season...The Canucks have been outshot in three of their four games this season, including both their victories...The two teams meet again Saturday night in Vancouver.
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