|Edmonton's Steve MacIntyre battles Vancouver's Rob Davison during their game at General Motors Place on October 25, 2008 in Vancouver. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)|
Although Edmonton overcame a two-goal deficit in the second period, Vancouver's powerplay eventually proved too much for the visitors. The Canucks went 4-for-6 on the man-advantage, dealing the Oilers a 6-3 loss Saturday night. Vancouver's Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen tallied two goals each, while Denis Grebeshkov, Robert Nilsson, and Steve Staios scored for Edmonton.
The Oilers got early help from the Canucks' Kevin Bieksa who took a tripping penalty only 37 seconds into the game. But another tripping penalty to Erik Cole negated the final 12 seconds of the man-advantage and flipped the powerplay over to Vancouver.
Exactly a minute into Cole's infraction, Mason Raymond descended on Oilers goalie Mathieu Garon and wristed the puck into the net to put the Canucks up 1-0.
Edmonton benefited from a second powerplay shortly after the goal but were unable to get back on even terms as Vancouver's penalty killers and goalie Roberto Luongo stifled the visitors.
Near the period's midway point, a short-lived scrap between Steve MacIntyre and Rob Davison put both players in their penalty boxes for five minutes. But MacIntyre wouldn't be alone for long as his Captain Ethan Moreau earned a hooking penalty and took a seat beside the enforcer.
The Oilers successfully killed the penalty and benefited from a third powerplay soon after. Although the club couldn't beat Luongo on the man-advantage, they maintained top spot on the shot clock through to the first period buzzer.
53 seconds into the second period, Denis Grebeshkov received a backhand pass from Robert Nilsson and caught Luongo on the wrong side of his crease to get the Oilers on the scoreboard and tie the game at one. The Oilers kept pressure on Luongo following the equalizer, but the goalie -- and a stubborn post -- kept Edmonton from assuming their first lead of the game.
At the six-minute mark, a cross-checking penalty to Sheldon Souray offered the Canucks their fourth powerplay of the game, and like he did in the first period, Raymond made sure it counted. With a slapshot from the slot, the young forward renewed Vancouver's lead at 7:39.
Less than a minute later, Jannik Hansen made it 3-1. After capitalizing on a turnaround, Hansen and Ryan Kesler surged into the Oilers zone and with a dead-on one-timer, the Dane tallied his second goal of the season and first even-strength Canucks goal of the game.
At the game's midway point, a fight between Cole and Mattias Ohlund became a mixed blessing for the Oilers: the club benefited from a third powerplay but were forced to play the rest of the game without Cole, who earned a game misconduct for an unsecured jersey. Despite the loss of such an offensive spark, Nilsson ensured that the club wouldn't suffer by directing a slapshot from the top of the face-off circle beyond Luongo's glove.
Nearly three minutes later, Steve Staios renewed the tie game by converting a feed from Sam Gagner into a third goal for Team White. After getting hooked on a breakaway following the goal, Gagner stepped into the spotlight with a penalty shot, but Luongo stopped the attempt to force a 3-3 game heading into the final frame.
An interference penalty to Shawn Horcoff early in the third put Vancouver's powerful powerplay unit back on the ice. Although Edmonton killed 1:58 of the infraction, Kyle Wellwood beat Garon with two seconds left to tally a third home man-advantage marker and put the Canucks back up by one.
Like in the middle frame, Hansen was the man to craft a two-goal Canucks lead. With just over 12 minutes left on the clock, the winger fired a sharp-angle shot that slipped through Garon's legs and put Vancouver up 5-3.
In the final five minutes of regulation, a slashing penalty to Andrew Cogliano put the Oilers on another disadvantage, and for the fourth time in the game, the Canucks took full advantage of the opportunity. Faced with a four-on-one rush, Garon dove to snag Jason Krog's shot but was unable to hold onto the puck and saw it fly into the mesh.
The powerplay goal would seal a 6-3 victory for Vancouver and an unsuccessful three-game road trip for Edmonton.