|EDM||0||0||0||0||1 (1 - 3)||1|
|VAN||0||0||0||0||0 (0 - 3)||0|
Mathieu Garon stopped 29 shots through 65 minutes of action and then turned away all three shooters in the shootout as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 at GM Place on Wednesday night.
Ales Hemsky was the lone Oiler to notch a goal in the shootout, backhanding a shot behind Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.
In the opening couple of minutes both teams hit the post. Dick Tarnstrom blasted a shot from the point that rang off the crossbar.
Several minutes later, Brendan Morrison blasted a shot that went off the far post behind Garon.
Jarret Stoll was injured five minutes into the period after a knee-on-knee collision with Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler but he came back about five minutes later.
Edmonton came close to scoring again several minutes later when Ales Hemsky's shot went through the pads of Luongo but the puck was swept away as it sat on the line.
Shots on goal after one period were 16-5 for Vancouver.
Both teams traded power play opportunities early in the second. Steve Staios lost his stick and had to haul down Alex Burrows as the Canuck tried to split the Oilers defence to get a scoring chance.
After that kill, Kyle Brodziak made a nice move to get around Vancouver defenceman Luc Bourdon. He had to haul down the Oilers forward, putting Edmonton on the power play.
On the ensuing power play, Edmonton's best chance came on a close-in chance by Dustin Penner.
There was a lot of flow but not a lot of chances for most of the second. The two sides went over eight minutes without a whistle at one point.
With time ticking down in the second period, Vancouver had some chances to score the game's first goal. Ryan Kesler's initial shot rang off the post behind Garon. Moments later, Alex Edler's point was tipped but Garon kicked that away.
Shots on goal after two were 23-10 for the Canucks.
Edmonton carried the play for most of the third period, outshooting the Canucks 7-2 through the first 14 minutes of the final frame.
By the end of the third period, the shot count was 27-18 for Vancouver.
Roberto Luongo made a great stop in the overtime period, snagging an Andrew Cogliano shot out of mid-air.
Garon made some amazing saves in the final minute of overtime, denying Kesler on two different occasions. His best stop came from close range as Kesler got in behind the Edmonton defence but couldn't jam it past the Oilers netminder.
|Ryan Kesler Hooking against Ales Hemsky|
|Shawn Horcoff Hooking against Daniel Sedin|
|Steve Staios Roughing against Alexandre Burrows|
|Luc Bourdon Tripping against Kyle Brodziak|
|Byron Ritchie Tripping against Denis Grebeshkov|
|Ryan Kesler Hooking against Dustin Penner|
|SA: 29||TOI: 64:48|
|Saves: 29||EV: 23 - 23|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 3 - 3|
|SA: 19||TOI: 65:00|
|Saves: 19||EV: 14 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|