Taylor Hall's power-play goal late in the third period brought the Oilers even with the Canucks once more Tuesday night, sending the game to overtime (and a shootout) for the second consecutive evening. It didn't go as well this time around, as Cody Hodgson's skills tally sealed a 3-2 Canucks win at Rogers Arena.
The Oilers got the game's first scoring chance 51 seconds in when Shawn Horcoff, who was perched behind Roberto Luongo, made a soft centering pass to Ales Hemsky in the slot. No. 83 connected, but he was unable to get all of it, as the Canucks veteran made the save to keep it 0-0.
As the game's eight-minute approached, the Oilers held a slim 4-2 edge in shots, but the home side was coming on with a dominant, minute-long shift in the visitors' zone. Only one shot was added to the Canucks' tally, but it was a high-quality, high-slot chance that Devan Dubnyk kicked aside with his right pad to preserve the scoreless game.
Spurred by that sequence's momentum, the Canucks were able to cash moments later. As Taylor Hall was unable to clear the zone, Alex Burrows collected the biscuit and dished to Daniel Sedin in the house; with a quick snap glove-side over a defenceless Dubnyk, Vancouver snatched a 1-0 advantage at 10:24.
With about 45 seconds to play, the Oilers came within inches of squaring the score. Jeff Petry's point shot was knocked down en route, causing the puck to pinball in the slot. Eric Belanger swooped in and batted it out of mid-air and on goal, but Luongo made a terrific sprawling save to keep his team in the lead.
After 20 minutes, the Canucks continued to lead 1-0 but were trailing 12-9 in shots.
Belanger was assessed a hooking minor at 2:07, sending the Canucks' 23.3-percent power-play to work. Sami Salo stepped into a wide-side bullet that clunked Dubnyk's blocker-side post, but no further damage was done to the scoreboard as the Oilers weathered the home side's storm.
Still up on the shot clock as the period's midway point approached, the Oilers were able to tie it up. Driving down the wing with purpose and a lane, Taylor Hall spotted Horcoff alone at the doorstep. No. 4's pass was crisp on the tape, and the team's captain made no mistake in burying the puck into the gaping cage behind Luongo for the goal at 9:43.
With 20 seconds on the clock, a Kevin Bieksa stretch pass sent Jannik Hansen in alone on a breakaway behind a sleeping Oilers defence. The 25-year-old Dane burst in and ripped a slapper on goal; Dubnyk squeezed hard, but the shot dribbled between his gear. As it turned out, it was a visitors bounce as the puck bounced off the base of the post, keeping the 1-1 score on the board.
Through 40 minutes, the Oilers continued to lead in shots; at this juncture, by a 21-16 margin.
Exactly 5:00 into the period, Vancouver took the lead once more. A goal-mouth scramble caused the puck to sit along the goal line, where an unsuspecting Dubnyk became unaware of the puck's visibility behind him. David Booth was quick to the scene, curling his stick from behind the net and tapping the puck the required three inches to cross the line, establishing a one-goal Canucks lead.
Looking to extend the advantage, Vancouver went back to the power-play at 5:10 when Petry was assessed a hooking minor. The Canucks hammered another post in the process, but no other goals were scored.
The Oilers got their first power-play chance of the game when Dan Hamhuis was charged with interference at 14:58. The orange and blue, already sporting the league's third-best success rate, improved with a goal to bring the teams back on even terms. Corey Potter unleased a point blast, and Taylor Hall did the rest, redirecting the puck past Luongo 51 seconds into the power-play.
Devan Dubnyk, continuing his miraculous work from last night and in tonight's game, was sensational in the extra period. The 25-year-old made several gold-star stops off Vancouver's most dangerous snipers, keeping the game in a 2-2 score and sending it to a shootout.
Alex Edler started it all and wasted no time, rushing in and beating Dubnyk with a simple shot blocker-side on the young netminder. Jordan Eberle and Sam Gagner were unable to score, but Ales Hemsky did with a clever backhand move to send the skills competition to extra shooters.
Ryan Kesler and Taylor Hall were both stopped on similar moves in the fourth round.
Cody Hodgson opened up the next round with a goal, beating Dubnyk with a snap through the wickets. Shawn Horcoff was next to shoot, but his Hodgson-like shot was turned aside, ending the game and preventing the Oilers from winning consecutive games once more.
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