NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton
(Thursday, March 20th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo made 33 saves, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1, at Rexall Place.
Trevor Linden, Daniel Sedin, Matt Pettinger and Taylor Pyatt all scored for the Canucks, who have not lost in regulation to Edmonton since December 4, 2006, going 9-0-3 over that span.
Vancouver remains tied with Calgary -- which edged Colorado, 2-1, on Thursday -- for the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Both clubs have 86 points and trail idle Minnesota by one point for first place in the tightly contested Northwest Division.
Tom Gilbert tallied for the Oilers, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Dwayne Roloson yielded four goals on 21 shots in defeat.
The Oilers are five points back of Colorado for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.
Sedin notched his 27th goal of the season to put the Canucks on the board. Sedin ripped a shot that Roloson turned aside, but Gilbert inadvertently tucked the rebound into his own net 69 seconds into the middle stanza.
The Canucks grabbed a 2-0 lead when Pettinger fired a shot labeled for the far corner with 2:05 remaining in the second period. Pyatt extended the Canucks margin to 3-0 at the 4:58 mark of the third with his 15th goal of the season.
Edmonton trimmed the deficit to two when Gilbert's shot from the point eluded Luongo with 9:51 to go in the third.
Linden's short-handed marker restored a three-goal advantage with 6:40 left in regulation.
Vancouver improved to 26-0-1 when leading after two periods...The Canucks scored two goals in the third period on three shots...Vancouver has scored eight short-handed goals this season, while Edmonton has allowed nine...Three of Pettinger's five goals this season are game-winners...Edmonton finished 0-for-6 on the power play. Vancouver failed to convert on its only opportunity with the man advantage.
03/20 23:54:59 ET