|Edmonton Oilers' Marty Reasoner, top, reaches for the loose puck to score past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo during the first second of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 3, 2008, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Richard Lam)|
Edmonton had the first two scoring chances of the game. First, Penner's shot missed just wide on a two-on-one and then Sam Gagner teed up a shot from the high slot that narrowly went wide of the left post by Roberto Luongo.
A penalty to Zack Stortini gave Vancouver the game's first power play but the Oilers were able to kill off the penalty. In particular, Fernando Pisani and Andrew Cogliano kept the Canucks pinned in their own zone to kill off a sizeable portion.
Midway through the first, Steve Staios was hit awkwardly in the corner and skated off the ice. He went into the Oilers dressing room for treatment but was back out for his next shift.
During that same shift, Andrew Cogliano received two minutes for roughing to give Vancouver their second power play on the night.
On the ensuing power play, Markus Naslund took a point shot that Roloson stopped with his blocker. The puck then trickled just past the left post.
During that play, Joni Pitkanen cross-checked Henrik Sedin into the Oilers net and received a penalty to put Edmonton down two men.
Roloson came up huge during the two-man advantage, denying both Henrik and Daniel Sedin at point-blank range. He then slid across to make another save on Henrik Sedin from the slot.
Edmonton took their first shot on net 14:35 into the opening period. Vancouver had nine shots on goal at that point.
Denis Grebeshkov lost his stick deep in the Oilers zone but still managed two checks on Ryan Shannon into the end boards. Shannon pushed back, resulting in a roughing penalty to the Vancouver winger.
Ironically, that penalty was cut short when Grebeshkov himself took a hooking penalty.
Shots on goal after one period were 12 to 7 for Vancouver.
31 seconds into the second period, Jarret Stoll took a slap shot right to the ear and had to be helped off the ice.
Roloson continued his strong play in the middle period, turning away shots from Kesler and Burrows from the right circle in the opening couple minutes.
Edmonton's first shot of the second period came at the 7:19 mark. Gagner's blast from the right circle was gloved by Luongo.
The Oilers scored the game's first goal with 11:08 left in the second period. Fernando Pisani blasted a shot from the right circle that was stopped by Luongo but Marty Reasoner was right on top of it, banging home the rebound.
With 9:23 to go, Mathieu Roy hammered Vancouver's Mike Weaver from behind into the boards. He received five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct.
Roloson came up with big saves on both Edler and then Naslund on the rebound during the ensuing power play.
Late in the man advantage, he denied Daniel Sedin on a one-time attempt right on the doorstep.
After the penalty to Roy expired, the Canucks had a great chance in the slot but again Roloson blocked it with his chest. Fernano Pisani received a hooking penalty, however, putting Vancouver back on the power play.
Jarret Stoll returned from injury with four minutes left in the second period.
Late in the period, Luongo slid across to make a great glove save on Marc Pouliot with Edmonton on their second power play of the game. Trevor Linden was in the box for slashing.
Next shift, Stoll one-timed a pass from Pouliot past Luongo to give Edmonton a 2-0 lead.
Shots after two periods were 24 to 13 for Vancouver.
Roloson made two big saves to start the third period. First, off Kevin Bieksa from the point and then a blocker save on Markus Naslund.
The Oilers goaltender continued to steal the show as the period went on. He turned away a shot from Markus Naslund and then a pair from Brad Isbister.
Shots through the first eight minutes of the period were 7 to 4 for the Canucks.
With 8:29 to play in the third, Pitkanen cross-checked Alex Burrows in front of the Oilers net. The result was a Vancouver power play.
With 29 seconds left in the man advantage, the Canucks scored. Bieksa's initial shot from the slot was blocked by Roloson but Burrows found the loose puck in the crease and banged it home.
Oilers and Canucks battle with just minutes left in the game, with good chances on both sides.
A hooking penalty to Henrik Sedin at 18:42 puts the Oilers on the powerplay for the remainder of the game.
With 18 seconds left, Marty Reasoner misses an empty netter due to a slash from Edler, keeping the score 2-1, and giving the Oilers a five on three advantage.
NOTES: Mathieu Garon played back-up to Dwayne Roloson tonight, marking his return to the Oilers' active lineup.