"We didn't think we played terribly," Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish said after the game. "It was like the last loss here against Nashville."
Edmonton's power play had scored in seven straight games heading into tonight but were blanked on the evening, going 0-for-7.
"We were out of sync on the power play and never found it," MacTavish stated.
The game's first penalty went to Edmonton's Joni Pitkanen, receiving two minutes for hooking. The Oilers penalty killers limited Vancouver to only one shot - a weak shot from the point that Roloson had no trouble handling.
It was Edmonton's turn to go on the power play at 9:41 of the first period when Sami Salo received two minutes for cross-checking.
Luongo came up with a pair of nice saves midway through the penalty, stopping PItkanen on a screened shot from the point and then denying Penner on the rebound.
Luongo made another big save off Cogliano during Edmonton's second power play of the night, kicking out his right pad quickly to make the stop.
Strong forechecking by Curtis Glencross resulted in Vancouver's third penalty of the period as he was upended while trying to break free in the Canucks zone.
At the tail end of that power play, Nilsson was behind the net where he found Pisani in front with a quick pass. Pisani's redirection was smothered by Luongo.
Shots on goal after one period were 14 to 9 for Edmonton.
1:09 into the second period, Daniel Sedin's shot was kicked out by Roloson but the bounced in off Tom Gilbert in front for the goal, giving the Canucks a 1-0 lead.
Things finally boiled over between Zack Stortini and Nathan McIver 2:44 into the second. The bout was quick with Stortini taking down McIver within seconds of the fight starting.
Vancouver had Edmonton pinned in their zone for over 90 seconds with both Dustin Penner and Dwayne Roloson playing without their sticks. The Oilers were eventually able to get the puck out after running around in their own zone for a lengthy amount of time.
Penner kicked the puck ahead to Stoll who then passed it to Nilsson coming right off the bench on a line change. Nilsson's deke attempt on Luongo was thwarted, leaving Edmonton still looking for its first goal.
With just over two minutes to play in the first, Matt Pettinger rushed up ice on a two-on-one with Pitkanen the lone Oilers defender back. He fired the puck top corner to extend Vancouver's lead to 2-0.
Shots on goal after two periods were 24-18 for the Oilers.
Vancouver extended their lead to 3-0 five minutes into the third period after Ryan Shannon made a nice move to get the puck around the Oilers defender. He then dished it to the slot where Taylor Pyatt slipped it five-hole for the goal.
The Oilers started to play a more physical game as the period approached the midway point and it paid off. The line of Brodziak, Glencross and Stortini cycled the puck for quite awhile before setting up Tom Gilbert's point shot that beat Luongo high.
Momentum started to shift Edmonton's way as the period went on. Continued pressure by the Oilers saw Canucks defenceman Willie Mitchell forced to take a hooking penalty.
30 seconds into the man advantage, Ales Hemsky was upended by Trevor Linden who then skated back up the ice the other way and scored shorthanded to give Vancouver a 4-1 lead. The reversal of fortune killed any momentum the Oilers may have had after the Gilbert goal.
Oilers forward Ales Hemsky carries the puck around the Vancouver net.
- photo by Greg Skafte edmontonoilers.com