Oilers end pre-season with 4-1 setback

Ryan Dittrick  - edmontonoilers.com | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

The Edmonton Oilers skated step-for-step with the lineup of the reigning Western Conference Champions for nearly the entire game, but three third-period goals by the Canucks handed the Oilers a 4-1 loss to conclude the 2011 NHL pre-season schedule.


The Oilers came out strong, pressuring the Canucks 'D' and earning three separate odd-man rush opportunities only six minutes in. The shooters elected to keep each time, but Canucks 'tender Roberto Luongo turned them all away with ease.

With 12:44 remaining, a strong push by the home side enabled the Canucks to pull even in shots and draw a power-play chance when lumbering rearguard Andy Sutton was assessed a hooking minor.

Strong penalty-killing and three saves from Nikolai Khabibulin helped preserve the scoreless tie passed the period's 10-minute mark.

The Canucks went back to the man-avantage when Corey Potter was charged for hooking at 12:08. With only 18 seconds remaining in the chance, Vancouver went up 1-0. Dan Hamhuis' rocket was redirected home by Cody Hodgson beside a sprawling Lennart Petrell between the hash-marks.

A late-period cross-checking minor to Tom Gilbert put the Canucks back on the power-play, but the Oilers responded well, surviving the chance without allowing another Vancouver attempt.

With 20 minutes in the books, the Canucks held a 1-0 lead and were up 11-8 on the shot clock.


The Oilers pulled to within one shot of the Canucks' tally before being awarded a power-play at 4:18; Alex Edler was assessed a boarding minor. Edmonton was quick to strike, drawing even 50 seconds later when a chaotic goal-mouth scramble allowed the Oilers to equalize. With help from Ryan Smyth, No. 91 bounced home a rebound to make it a 1-1 game.

With 12:11 on the clock, bad blood boiled over. Vancouver's Victor Oreskovich lined up and crushed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, provoking a chaotic Oilers response. Theo Peckham stepped in, pounding Canucks centre Max Lapierre with crushing blows in a lengthy and highly-spirited tilt.

In total, 16 minutes in penalties were assessed, including a charging minor to Oreskovich.

At 13:40, searching for the match's go-ahead marker, the Oilers went back to the power-play when Vancouver's Alex Edler was assessed a minor for hitting to the head. Edmonton did scoop a 20-18 edge in shots, but were unable to orchestrate the game's 2-1 tally.

The Oilers were awarded another late-period power-play when Mikael Samuelsson went off for slashing, but the 1-1 score could not be broken. With 40 minutes expired, Edmonton held a 24-19 shot lead.


An early-period hooking call, 50 seconds in, on Ryan Smyth put Vancouver back on the advantage, but the Oilers erased the opportunity with a smoothly-run PK.

Moments later at 5:36, the Canucks were able to bulge the twine. Jannik Hansen picked up the loose puck in the slot, snapping a missle bar-in, blocker-side on Khabibulin to restore his team's one-goal lead.

The Oilers were presented with another two power-play chances late in the third, but were unable to even the score.

Just as the Oilers looked to replace Khabibulin with an extra-attacker in the waning moments, Mikael Samuelsson snapped the puck past the veteran netminder, putting his team up 3-1 at 19:15. An empty-net tally by Cody Hodgson with only 1.2 seconds to play sealed a 4-1 Canucks victory.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
13:51VAN PPG - Cody Hodgson (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Dan Hamhuis (1), Chris Higgins (1) 1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
05:08EDM PPG - Magnus Paajarvi (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (1), Shawn Horcoff (1) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
05:36VAN Jannik Hansen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Higgins (2), Manny Malhotra (1) 2 - 1 VAN
19:15VAN Mikael Samuelsson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dan Hamhuis (2) 3 - 1 VAN
19:58VAN EN - Cody Hodgson (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Chris Higgins (3), Keith Ballard (1) 4 - 1 VAN
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:16EDM Andy Sutton  Hooking  - 2 min against  Alexandre Burrows
12:08EDM Corey Potter  Hooking  - 2 min against  Cody Hodgson
17:10EDM Tom Gilbert  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Victor Oreskovich
2nd Period
04:18VAN Alexander Edler  Boarding  - 2 min against  Taylor Hall
07:49EDM Theo Peckham served by Tom Gilbert  Roughing  - 2 min against  Maxim Lapierre
07:49EDM Theo Peckham  Roughing  - 2 min against  Maxim Lapierre
07:49EDM Tom Gilbert  Roughing  - 2 min against  Maxim Lapierre
07:49VAN Victor Oreskovich  Roughing  - 2 min against  Tom Gilbert
07:49VAN Maxim Lapierre  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Theo Peckham
07:49VAN Victor Oreskovich  Charging  - 2 min against  Tom Gilbert
07:49EDM Theo Peckham  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Maxim Lapierre
13:40VAN Alexander Edler  Illegal Check To Head  - 2 min against  Taylor Hall
16:20VAN Mikael Samuelsson  Slashing  - 2 min against  Ryan O'Marra
3rd Period
00:50EDM Ryan Smyth  Hooking  - 2 min against  Manny Malhotra
06:48VAN Henrik Sedin  Interference  - 2 min against  Anton Lander
13:32VAN Marco Sturm  Illegal Check To Head  - 2 min against  Lennart Petrell
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/51/5
Faceoff Wins1527
Blocked Shots168
Penalty Minutes1919
4T. HallL00-21014:03
10S. HorcoffC01-14018:47
12J. GreenC000008:57
13C. BarkerD00-22023:22
14J. EberleR00-10014:15
24T. PeckhamD00-11912:10
25A. SuttonD0000223:19
28R. JonesL00-13013:11
37L. PetrellL0001013:14
42R. O'MarraC0002013:14
44C. PotterD00-12220:26
56T. HartikainenC00-12010:15
57A. LanderC00-10013:42
58J. PetryD00-10016:34
77T. GilbertD00-12424:51
91M. PaajarviL10-13018:09
94R. SmythL01-15218:07
35N. Khabibulin2528.89359:40
40D. Dubnyk00.0000:00
2D. HamhuisD0221021:49
3K. BieksaD0023021:29
4K. BallardD0110017:50
6S. SaloD0002017:01
8C. TanevD0010017:09
14A. BurrowsR0001019:55
15M. SturmL0015212:49
20C. HigginsL0321016:39
22D. SedinL0002020:36
23A. EdlerD0001419:47
26M. SamuelssonR1013213:49
27M. MalhotraC0120016:37
33H. SedinC0003219:32
36J. HansenR1013015:22
38V. OreskovichR000047:56
39C. HodgsonC2022012:14
40M. LapierreC0001511:14
54A. VolpattiL000109:51
1R. Luongo2829.96659:31
35C. Schneider00.0000:00