|EDM||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|VAN||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
The Vancouver Canucks finally took some of the pressure off of Roberto Luongo.
Luongo looks for his second straight victory after snapping a three-game slide when the Canucks complete a home-and-home series against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on Tuesday.
Vancouver (3-2-1) snapped its three-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over Edmonton (3-2-0) on Monday night. Luongo faced only 18 shots as he bounced back from a difficult stretch for his first victory since Oct. 6.
The Canucks goaltender saw an average of 36 shots over the three previous games, when Vancouver lost twice in regulation and once in overtime. He allowed a season-high six goals in a 6-4 loss to San Jose on Friday.
Luongo was grateful to not see so much action Monday.
"It was getting lonely back there," Luongo said. "The guys did a great job. They didn't get much."
Canucks defenseman Sami Salo, who had been listed as questionable after sitting out Friday's loss with a groin injury, returned Monday and scored the go-ahead goal in the second period. He snapped a shot through the legs of defenseman Jason Smith and past a screened Dwayne Roloson.
"When I came around I just looked for open guys but it's the last minute of the period so you don't want to force anything so I just threw it at the net and it seemed to have eyes," Salo said.
Taylor Pyatt tied it for Vancouver six minutes later on a similar play, knocking a rebound into an unguarded net before Roloson could recover from Kevin Bieksa's long shot.
The Oilers failed to record a third straight win after rallying in each of its previous two games. Edmonton struggled to mount any offense, managing only five shots on goal in the final period and going 0-for-6 on the power play for the game.
The contest ended with pushing and shoving as Vancouver's Alex Burrows and Edmonton's Joffrey Lupul were each called for roughing.
Vancouver was able to shut down Edmonton forward Ryan Smyth, who committed two penalties in the third period and failed to record at least one point for the first time in four games. Smyth had five goals in the Oilers' previous two games.
Roloson lost despite 35 saves - he's faced 84 shots over his last two outings.
"We didn't do enough tonight," Roloson said. "We turned the puck over in critical areas and we all know that. That's why we play 82 games, but we've got tomorrow to come back and get a win."
The Canucks' Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin each remained tied for the team lead with seven points after neither brother had a goal or assist on Monday.
Edmonton is 2-0 at home this year and won three of four meetings at Rexall Place last season against Vancouver.
|Mar 19 '07||VAN 2 at EDM 1||D. Sedin|
|Feb 06 '07||VAN 5 at EDM 2||T. Pyatt|
|Feb 01 '07||EDM 3 at VAN 5||M. Naslund|
|Jan 05 '07||EDM 2 at VAN 3 - OT||M. Cooke|
|Dec 30 '06||VAN 6 at EDM 2||S. Salo|
|Dec 04 '06||EDM 4 at VAN 0||S. Horcoff|
|Oct 17 '06||VAN 1 at EDM 2||P. Thoresen|
|Oct 16 '06||EDM 1 at VAN 2||S. Salo|