It looked bleak for awhile after Ryan Kesler scored in the shootout to put Vancouver up by a goal. It all came down to Shawn Horcoff who fired his shootout attempt top corner past Curtis Sanford to keep the Oilers alive.
Alex Burrows then shot wide on his shootout attempt on Garon, setting the stage for Pisani's winner.
Buoyed by a massive ovation from the sellout crowd at Rexall Place, Pisani deked out Sanford and the puck just inched past the line.
The game was scoreless for the first 57 minutes until Horcoff's goal late in the third period.
Hemsky took the puck in behind the net and passed it to Horcoff low in the left faceoff circle. His shot beat Sanford to put Edmonton on the board 1-0.
With 1:22 left in the third, Vancouver tied the game up. The Canucks had the Oilers pinned deep in the zone and Ohlund pinched in to pick up a rebound and shoot it past an outstretched Garon.
Shots on goal after regulation time were 27-23.
Shawn Horcoff had a scoring chance a minute into OT, jamming at the puck from the left side of the net. Sanford made the first two stops before the puck squirted out into the crease.
On the next shift, Steve Staios and Jason Jaffray dropped the gloves in front of the Edmonton net. Both combatants received two minutes for their efforts.
With 1:06 left in the extra frame, Pitkanen took a drop pass from Horcoff but his shot was blocked in front by a Canucks defender. He then picked it up again and passed the puck to Hemsky who was stopped by Sanford.
With 20 seconds to go, Gagner and Pitkanen both had great chances to end it but Sanford made a solid save.
The game had a fast pace to start, with no whistles for the first seven minutes and seven seconds.
Edmonton's best scoring chance during that time was Kyle Brodziak who picked up the puck behind the net and came out front but was denied by Canucks starting goaltender Curtis Sanford.
A little while later, Mathieu Garon got spun around, giving the Canucks an open net but no Vancouver players could get to the puck in time before Garon got back into position.
The first penalty of the game went to Vancouver's Mattias Ohlund for boarding with 5:43 to go in the opening period after he hammered Brodziak from behind into the end boards, putting Edmonton on the power play.
The Oilers managed several long-range shots on the power play but nothing that Sanford couldn't handle.
On the heels of the power play, Sanderson and Cogliano broke in on a two-on-one. Sanderson fed it to Cogliano in the slot but his shot went just wide. On the play, Taylor Pyatt got his stick on Cogliano just enough to be sent off for hooking.
Shots on goal after a scoreless first period were 9-6 for Edmonton.
Four minutes into the second period, Cogliano had a great chance in the slot. Sanderson passed it from the left side boards onto the stick of Cogliano but he fanned on the one-timer attempt.
Vancouver almost scored the game's first goal 13 minutes into the middle frame. Henrik Sedin found Daniel to the left side of the net but his shot rang off the far post behind Garon.
Fernando Pisani fired a pass through the neutral zone late in the period to send Robert Nilsson in alone but he put himself offside coming across the blueline.
Shots on goal after the second were 17-15 for Edmonton.
Dustin Penner chopped down Ryan Kesler 8:38 into the third to put Vancouver on the power play as the Canucks looked to score the game's first goal.
With 18 seconds left in the penalty, Garon made a pair of big saves. First, on a point shot by Sami Salo and then coming across to stop Kesler on the rebound.
Shots on goal 11 minutes into the third period were 9-1 for the Canucks.
Vancouver's Matt Cooke stripped Smid of the puck in the corner of the Oilers net and skated out front but Garon got down to make the save and keep the game scoreless with six minutes to play.
At the other end of the ice, Sanford came up big after a nice three-way passing play between Thorese, Reasoner and Stoll. Stoll took the shot from the slot and Sanford turned it away.
NOTES: Hemsky increased his scoring streak to six games (1g, 7a) and Souray increased his streak to three games (1g, 2a) with Horcoff's goal.
Jarret Stoll gets mugged in front of the Vancouver net during the second period.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com