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Oilers top Canucks 5-3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers top Canucks 5-3
Vancouver Canucks 3, Edmonton Oilers 5

by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com

The Rexall Place floodgates opened wide in the third period, with the Oilers and Canucks trading five goals through the final 20 minutes. In the end, Sheldon Souray's slapshot and Ales Hemsky's empty-netter sealed a 5-3 win for the Oil.Sam Gagner led all skaters with a goal and two assists for first-star honours, while Dwayne Roloson stopped 43 shots for the win.

FIRST PERIOD

Strong starts have been an issue for the Oilers all season, but not Saturday night. Only 27 seconds in, Ales Kotalik pounced on Sheldon Souray's rebound and directed it past Roberto Luongo for an early home lead.

Consecutive Oilers penalties to Theo Peckham and Ales Hemsky gave the Canucks two powerplays in the first half of the frame, but the visitors were unable to match the home team despite owning the shot lead through -- and after -- the man advantages.

The powerplay chances evened out later in the period when Vancouver's Alex Edler and Henrik Sedin earned a hooking and holding minor respectively, but Edmonton's special teams had the same success as Van's.

At the buzzer, Zack Stortini and Rick Rypien participated in a vigorious punch-up near the Oilers blue line, resulting in fighting majors to both players.

SECOND PERIOD

The Canucks started the middle frame on the attack, descending in on Dwayne Roloson. Ryan Kesler had an excellent scoring opportunity only 45 seconds after puck drop, but Roloson's right post made the stop.

The Canucks hit 20 shots by the eight-minute mark, and though the Oilers trailed by eight attempts, they required only one more to double their lead. After Sam Gagner's slapshot was blocked by Edler, the puck bounced off the back boards and out towards the net. Defenceman Denis Grebeshkov battled for position near the crease and, while falling to the ice, shoveled the rebound into the net to make it 2-0.

A late penalty to Steve Staios pushed Vancouver over the 32-shot mark in the final minute of the second, but Roloson held out for the buzzer to keep his club up by two goals heading into the final frame.

THIRD PERIOD

After allowing 22 second-period shots, the Oilers tried to divert attention from Roloson to Luongo during the club's third powerplay early in the third. But Ryan Kesler was able to serve his entire two minutes and Edmonton dropped to 0-for-3 on the man-advantage.

Three minutes later, Mason Raymond posted Vancouver's 36th shot and first goal of the game. While poised at the corner of the net, Raymond caught Mats Sundin's rebound and forced it past a crouching Roloson to get the Canucks within one.

The one-goal game would last only four minutes. After snagging the puck in the neutral zone, Gagner skated up the right wing, split Steve Bernier and Willie Mitchell, dodged Luongo and backhanded the puck across the line for a 3-1 Oilers lead.

Unfortunately for the Oil, the back-and-forth game ebbed back to the West Coast club. With the home team deep in the Canucks zone, Henrik Sedin got the puck and fed it to odd-man-out Alex Burrows. The agitator surged in on a breakaway, and though Roloson stopped the initial shot, Burrows quickly redirected the rebound to make it 3-2.

Less than two minutes later, the flow went back to Edmonton. From the top of the left face-off circle, Sheldon Souray slapped the puck through traffic and past Luongo for a 4-2 Oilers lead and just over five minutes left in regulation.

A late slashing penalty to Ethan Moreau threatened Edmonton's lead, and with only nine seconds left in the infraction, the Canucks got their goal. With a cluster of players crowding Roloson's crease, Kyle Wellwood found the puck and lifted it into the net.

The Canucks pulled Luongo shortly after the goal, but speedy Hemsky took advantage of the opportunity by beating a Canuck to the puck and tossing it into the open net to seal a 5-3 victory for the Oilers.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:27
EDM
Ales Kotalik (19) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (34), Sheldon Souray (28)
1 - 0 EDM
2nd Period
08:14
EDM
Denis Grebeshkov (7) ASST: Sam Gagner (24), Patrick O'Sullivan (27)
2 - 0 EDM
3rd Period
06:51
VAN
Mason Raymond (11) ASST: Mats Sundin (17), Mattias Ohlund (19)
2 - 1 EDM
10:28
EDM
Sam Gagner (16) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 EDM
12:51
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (28) ASST: Henrik Sedin (60), Sami Salo (20)
3 - 2 EDM
14:49
EDM
PPG - Sheldon Souray (22) ASST: Ales Hemsky (42), Sam Gagner (25)
4 - 2 EDM
18:23
VAN
PPG - Kyle Wellwood (18) ASST: Ryan Kesler (32), Pavol Demitra (33)
4 - 3 EDM
18:58
EDM
EN - Ales Hemsky (23) ASST: NONE
5 - 3 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
02:03
EDM
Theo Peckham  Interference against  Kyle Wellwood
07:42
EDM
Ales Hemsky  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
11:11
VAN
Alexander Edler  Hooking against  Ales Hemsky
15:28
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Ales Hemsky
20:00
VAN
Rick Rypien  Fighting (maj) against  Zack Stortini
20:00
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj) against  Rick Rypien
2nd Period
00:52
EDM
Denis Grebeshkov  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
19:10
EDM
Steve Staios  Cross checking against  Mason Raymond
3rd Period
01:27
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Tripping against  Denis Grebeshkov
13:36
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Interference on goalkeeper against  Dwayne Roloson
16:32
EDM
Ethan Moreau  Slashing against  Mason Raymond
19:37
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Interference against  Zack Stortini
19:37
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
30-12-7
SA: 24TOI: 59:33
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .833SH: 1 - 1
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 46TOI: 59:58
Saves: 43EV: 29 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .935SH: 2 - 2