Oilers blanked by Canucks
|Oilers forward Zack Stortini tangles with Darcy Hordichuk of the Canucks on Sunday night (photo: Jeff Vinnick / Vancouver Canucks)
by Marc Ciampa | edmontonoilers.com
The Edmonton Oilers ran out of gas on Sunday night at GM Place in Vancouver, getting blanked 2-0 by the Vancouver Canucks. Michael Grabner's first-period goal and Henrik Sedin second-period marker were the difference in the game.
The first penalty of the game went to the Oilers as Tom Gilbert
was sent off for tackling Alex Burrows in front of the Edmonton net.
Vancouver cycled the puck deep on the man advantage but couldn't generate any real good scoring chances as Edmonton's PK unit did a good job keeping the play to the outside of netminder Jeff Deslauriers
The Oilers got their first power play seven-and-a-half minutes in when Canucks' centre Henrik Sedin was sent off for roughing. 28 seconds later, Willie Mitchell received a high-sticking penalty to give Edmonton a two-man advantage.
Edmonton had five shots on goal during their five-on-three but could not capitalize.
With 2:09 to go in the opening frame, Vancouver scored the game's first goal. Michael Grabner redirected a shot that slipped through the five hole of Deslauriers to make it 1-0 for the home side.
Immediately after the next faceoff, Darcy Hordichuk and Zack Stortini
dropped the gloves at centre ice. Both combatants got their punches in but in the end it was a likely draw between the two.
Shots on goal after one period were 15-8 in favour of the host Canucks.
made a big stop early in the second off Vancouver's Alexandre Bolduc as the rookie attepted to fire a quick rebound past the Oilers netminder's outstretched pad but Deslauriers was able to reach across and knock the puck away.
Vancouver increased their lead to 2-0 midway through the period. The Oilers clearing attempt was stopped at the left point by Mikael Samuelsson. His wrist shot was batted down on its way to the net by Henrik Sedin, slipping past Deslauriers for the goal.
Edmonton had another opportunity to get within a goal after Alex Edler took a penalty for Vancouver with just over three minutes to play in the second.
The Oilers put a lot of pressure on the Canucks during the man advantage but couldn't solve Luongo.
The Oilers fell behind by another goal despite outshooting Vancouver 8-4 in the period. The Canucks have a 19-16 overall edge in shots in the game.
Lubomir Visnovsky fell victim to a high stick from Grabner, drawing blood. The resulting penalty gave Edmonton a four-minute power play but Visnovsky had to go to the dressing room for repairs.
With just under five minutes to go, Sam Gagner
almost broke Luongo's shutout bid. His shot from the slot went just wide of the goal.
The final shots on goal tally was 29-27 for Vancouver.
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