Oilers win wild affair 7-6
Edmonton got on the board early on a goal by Todd Harvey. Ed Jovanovski non-chalantly backhanded one into the high slot where Harvey jumped on the puck and roofed it under the crossbar behind Auld.
The Oilers almost made it 2-0 on a two-on-one with the two hottest Oilers Fernando Pisani and Ethan Moreau. Auld stopped Moreau's blast before coming across to get a pad on Pisani's rebound attempt.
At the start of a Canucks power play, Todd Bertuzzi won a draw back to Jovanovski who directed the puck on net. Bertuzzi was in front to pick up the garbage and tie the game at 1-1.
Rick Rypien scored his first career NHL goal to give Vancouver the lead. Trevor Linden carried the puck along the side boards through the neutral zone and into the Edmonton end before dishing it to Jovanovski at the point. His shot was tipped by Ruutu and stopped by Markkanen. Rypien was right in front for the rebound and fired it under Markkanen.
Edmonton came right back to score their second of the game. Shawn Horcoff won the draw back to Ulanov before driving to the net and picking up a rebound in front to make it a 2-2 game.
Late in the period, Rypien was welcomed to the NHL after being levelled in the neutral zone on a nice open-ice hit by Raffi Torres.
Although the game was tied 2-2, the Oilers carried the play in the opening frame outshooting Vancouver 14 to 6.
Vancouver struck early in the second with a power play goal by Jarkko Ruutu but the Oilers responded once again less than a minute later as a high shot from the slot beat Auld over his shoulder.
Jussi Markkanen was pulled from the game after Vancouver's fourth goal, a wrister by Henrik Sedin that beat him five-hole.
Ty Conklin came into the game and was immediately tested with a Vancouver power play, making some big stops.
On that same man advantage, Michael Peca was sprung on a breakaway by Igor Ulanov and scored to tie the game at 4-4.
The onslaught of goals continued, with Ty Conklin banking a clearing attempt off Brendan Morrison in front a la Marc-Andre Fleury to give Vancouver the lead once again, this time 5-4.
With a four-minute penalty to Jarkko Ruutu, the Oilers capitalized to tie the game at 5-5. Right off the faceoff, Chris Pronger blasted a shot from the point through a Raffi Torres screen that beat Auld five-hole.
Late in the period, Ethan Moreau had a shorthanded chance to put the Oilers up 6-5 but Auld did the splits, making a great stop. Ethan Moreau danced around Kevin Bieksa in a one-on-one situation to create the scoring chance.
Shots on goal after two periods were 25-18 for the Oilers.
Hemsky was denied on two chances in-close as Auld, turning away a screened shot from the high slot and the subsequent rebound to keep it tied at 5-5.
Midway through the period, Ryan Smyth scored on a blast from a wide angle along the left side boards to give Edmonton a 6-5 lead.
Edmonton extended their lead to 7-5 after Marty Reasoner crashed the net, tipping home a shot while crashing the crease. The goal was Edmonton's second power play marker on the night.
Shots on goal were 10-1 Edmonton with 7 minutes left in the third period.
It was desperation time for Vancouver in the final minute. With a two-man advantage and Auld on the bench, Daniel Sedin tipped a Jovanovski point shot that found the top corner behind Conklin.
NOTES: Ethan Moreau earned an assist on Peca's shorthanded goal to extend his scoring streak to eight games... For the third straight game, the Oilers have had to pull their goaltender... It was the fourth straight game the Oilers have scored five or more goals and third straight game Vancouver gave up a shorthanded marker... Starting goaltenders tonight were Jussi Markkanen for Edmonton and Alex Auld for Vancouver... Rick Rypien made his NHL debut tonight for the Canucks, scoring his first career NHL goal... Vancouver's Nolan Baumgartner left the game in the first period after blocking a shot.