|EDM||1||2||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|VAN||5||1||1||(0 - 0)||7|
by Jen Sharpe | edmontonoilers.com
The Oilers fell into a deep hole in the first 10 minutes of the game, surrendering four goals and prompting a goaltending change. Although the club held their own through the following 50, they couldn't climb out and dropped a 7-3 decision in Vancouver Saturday night.
Gilbert Brule, Colin McDonald, and Dustin Penner scored for the Oilers, while Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 of 24 shots after entering the game in relief of Jeff Deslauriers. Although the end result was disappointing, Dubnyk and McDonald shared career firsts: first NHL game for Dubnyk and first NHL goal and point for McDonald.
Less than two minutes into the Saturday night contest, a holding minor to Dustin Penner put the Oilers at the disadvantage and the Canucks capitalized. Although goalie Jeff Deslauriers stopped the first three powerplay attempts, a slapper from Christian Ehrhoff tucked under the crossbar to make it 1-0 Vancouver.
At the five-minute mark, Jason Strudwick and Darcy Hordichuk went one-on-one inside the Oilers blueline. Strudwick drilled Hordichuk with a trio of jabs, but the Canuck responded with two big rights, throwing his opponent off balance and to the ice.
With both players serving fighting majors, the Canucks added a second goal. On Deslauriers' doorstep, Alex Burrows wristed the puck into the net to double Vancouver's lead.
Deslauriers showed some frustration following the goal and was assessed a roughing minor for his action vs. Canucks winger Tanner Glass. A minute into Vancouver's second powerplay, Mason Raymond made it a perfect 2-for-2 by beating the penalized goalie with a far wrist-shot.
Unfortunately for the Deslauriers, the relentless 'Nucks kept coming, this time led by Daniel Sedin. By getting in on the scoring action, Sedin set the score 4-0 and prompted Oilers Head Coach Pat Quinn to pull Deslauriers and give Devan Dubnyk his first NHL appearance. Deslauriers had stopped seven of 11 attempts; the Oilers, meanwhile, had only managed one on Roberto Luongo.
With five minutes left in the frame, the Oilers finally got a break when Canuck Ryan Johnson took a tripping minor. Although Luongo's post kept Edmonton's first powerplay shot off the clock, Gilbert Brule was on hand to force home the rebound, putting the Oilers back within three.
But in the last minute, the Canucks got that one back. From a sharp angle, Glass lifted the puck over Dubnyk and under the crossbar to renew his club's four-goal lead. After 20 minutes, the shots read 16-4 in favour of Vancouver.
The Oilers started strong in the middle frame, posting four shots at one end of the ice and three big saves at the other. Joining Dubnyk in the 'NHL Firsts' category, recent call-up Colin McDonald sniped Luongo to register his first NHL goal and put the Oilers back within three.
1:04 later, Penner cut that to two. With help from Brule and Gagner, the power forward fooled Luongo with a snapper to get the Oilers within striking distance at the game's midway point.
As the period progressed, Edmonton's penalty killers were sent back into the line of fire when Brule was called for interference. It didn't take long for Vancouver's powerplay proved deadly for the third time as Alex Edler guided a slapshot through traffic and over Dubnyk's right shoulder to set the score 6-3.
A shoving match behind Dubnyk's net late in the frame resulted in a trio of penalties, but the Oilers came out on top and would start the third period with 1:32 of powerplay.
The Oilers and Canucks matched eachother shot-for-shot in the first half of the final frame, but at 9:59, a slashing minor to Shawn Horcoff gave the Canucks the edge they needed to light the lamp a seventh time. Mikael Samuelsson's powerplay goal was his club's fourth of the game and secured a four-goal lead.
The lead Vancouver built in the game's first eight minutes would last through 60, and the Oilers returned to Edmonton with a 7-3 loss.
|PPG - Christian Ehrhoff (6) ASST: Alexander Edler (13), Ryan Kesler (17)|
1 - 0 VAN
|Alexandre Burrows (6) ASST: Henrik Sedin (13), Daniel Sedin (6)|
2 - 0 VAN
|PPG - Mason Raymond (9) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (11), Ryan Kesler (18)|
3 - 0 VAN
|Daniel Sedin (1) ASST: Henrik Sedin (14), Willie Mitchell (6)|
4 - 0 VAN
|PPG - Sam Gagner (6) ASST: Gilbert Brule (9), Dustin Penner (15)|
4 - 1 VAN
|Tanner Glass (4) ASST: Steve Bernier (6)|
5 - 1 VAN
|Colin McDonald (1) ASST: Ryan O'Marra (1)|
5 - 2 VAN
|PPG - Dustin Penner (15) ASST: Gilbert Brule (10), Sam Gagner (11)|
5 - 3 VAN
|PPG - Alexander Edler (1) ASST: Mason Raymond (7), Ryan Kesler (19)|
6 - 3 VAN
|PPG - Mikael Samuelsson (10) ASST: Mason Raymond (8), Alexander Edler (14)|
7 - 3 VAN
|Dustin Penner Holding against Willie Mitchell|
|Jason Strudwick Fighting against Darcy Hordichuk|
|Darcy Hordichuk Fighting against Jason Strudwick|
|Jeff Deslauriers Roughing against Tanner Glass|
|Jean-Francois Jacques Roughing against Ryan Kesler|
|Ryan Kesler Slashing against Jean-Francois Jacques|
|Ryan Johnson Tripping against Zack Stortini|
|Mikael Samuelsson Slashing against Ladislav Smid|
|Gilbert Brule Interference against Steve Bernier|
|Alexandre Burrows Slashing against Steve Staios|
|Ethan Moreau Interference against Daniel Sedin|
|Willie Mitchell Roughing against Ethan Moreau|
|Alexandre Burrows Roughing against Andrew Cogliano|
|Ethan Moreau Hi-sticking against Darcy Hordichuk|
|Shawn Horcoff Slashing against Henrik Sedin|