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Oilers find firepower, slay Canucks 8-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Jen Sharpe - edmontonoilers.com

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Oilers find firepower, slay Canucks 8-2
Vancouver Canucks 2, Edmonton Oilers 8

It took only two minutes for the Oilers to hit the scoreboard, and they didn't let up as the game progressed, dominating an 8-2 decision vs. Vancouver Sunday night. Linemates Jordan Eberle and Shawn Horcoff led the game with two goals and one assist each, while Linus Omark also posted three points with one goal and two assists. Chris Vande Velde and Dustin Penner helped the cause with one and two goals each.

All in all, 12 different Oilers earned points in the victory. In net, Nikolai Khabibulin made 26 saves in his first game since November 16, 2009.

FIRST PERIOD

The Oilers didn't have to wait long before gaining an edge over the Canucks. One minute into the game, Brandon Morrison took a hooking minor, and one minute after that, the Oil struck. With help from Ryan Whitney, Eberle caught the puck and fired it past Cory Schneider to score the first goal of the game and his first of the pre-season.

Three minutes later, another Canucks infraction prompted another Oilers goal. Although Schneider caught a piece of Jim Vandermeer's initial slapper from the point, the puck continued to creep across the blue paint. Penner spotted it and gave it a final nudge to make it 2-0 Edmonton.

Vancouver soon got that one back, however. In a scramble in Khabibulin's crease, the puck got wedged between the goalie's left skate and the post. Manny Malhotra prodded it clear to get the Canucks on the board.

But the back-and-forth goals continued. Only 16 seconds after Malhotra's goal, Horcoff completed an Eberle surge with a third Edmonton goal, renewing his club's two-goal lead.

The goalies finally got some rest near the eight-minute mark when Jason Strudwick and Aaron Volpatti dropped their gloves for a furious fight in front of the Canucks bench. An extra roughing minor to Darcy Hordichuk gave the Oilers their third powerplay, but this time the club failed to capitalize.

No worries, though, because the Oil got the same result at 16:40. After snagging the puck near center ice, Horcoff skated up the left side and angled towards the net. Spotting Eberle on his right, Horcoff wired a clean pass to the rookie, who converted it into his second goal and third point of the game.

After 20 minutes, Edmonton was up 4-1 and 15-6 on the shot clock.

SECOND PERIOD

The Canucks registered the first two shots of the second period and then benefited from a two-minute man-advantage, but Gilbert Brule's tripping minor failed to do any damage on the scoreclock.

Vande Velde, on the other hand, hit the Canucks where it hurts. At 4:45, the young centre cleanly beat Schneider with a snap shot to make it 5-1 Edmonton.

Vancouver's frustrations boiled over following the goal, culminating in a gory fight between Zack Stortini and Hordichuk. The lengthy brawl drew blood from both players and had fans on their feet once again.

The Oilers and Canucks tradded penalties as the period progressed, but penalty killers and goaltenders ruled the play.

With 2:04 left in the frame, Kesler broke the goal drought by snapping the puck past Khabibulin to get his club back within three heading into the third period.

THIRD PERIOD

Less than a minute into the final frame, the Oilers got that one back. Again, Schneider caught a piece of Vandermeer's shot but the puck bumbled through and was shoved across the line by Horcoff, making it 6-2 Edmonton.

Then it was Omark's turn to join the scoring party. 42 seconds after Horcoff's second marker, Omark performed an impressive one-man show to cycle the puck into the corner, to the wing, back in on Schneider and into the net to give the Oil a healthy 7-2 lead.

Vancouver kept up in the shot department, but Khabibulin kept Edmonton's lead intact. Try as he might, Schneider didn't have the same success, and with six minutes left in regulation, his lamp was lit again.

Starting with a stellar between-the-legs pass to Omark to Brule, Penner capped his linemates' efforts by tipping the puck into the net for his second goal of the night. With assists, Brule and Omark increased to two and three points apiece.

The goal would cap an offensively-oriented game for the Oil. With a final score of 8-2, the Oilers increased their pre-season winning streak to three games and head into Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix on a roll.

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scoring summary
1st Period
02:00
EDM
PPG - Jordan Eberle (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Whitney (1)
1 - 0 EDM
04:46
EDM
PPG - Dustin Penner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jim Vandermeer (1), Linus Omark (1)
2 - 0 EDM
06:28
VAN
Manny Malhotra (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Raffi Torres (1), Lee Sweatt (1)
2 - 1 EDM
06:44
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Eberle (1)
3 - 1 EDM
16:40
EDM
Jordan Eberle (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Shawn Horcoff (1), Taylor Hall (1)
4 - 1 EDM
2nd Period
04:45
EDM
Chris VandeVelde (1) Snap shot - ASST: Teemu Hartikainen (1), Jeff Petry (1)
5 - 1 EDM
17:56
VAN
Ryan Kesler (1) Snap shot - ASST: Mason Raymond (1)
5 - 2 EDM
3rd Period
00:45
EDM
Shawn Horcoff (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Jim Vandermeer (2), Taylor Hall (2)
6 - 2 EDM
01:28
EDM
Linus Omark (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Johan Motin (1), Gilbert Brule (1)
7 - 2 EDM
14:19
EDM
Dustin Penner (2) Tip-in - ASST: Gilbert Brule (2), Linus Omark (2)
8 - 2 EDM
penalty summary
1st Period
01:03
VAN
Brendan Morrison  Hooking  - 2 min against  Linus Omark
03:06
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Hooking  - 2 min against  Chris VandeVelde
07:20
VAN
Aaron Volpatti  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jason Strudwick
07:20
EDM
Jason Strudwick  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Aaron Volpatti
07:20
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Roughing  - 2 min against  Jason Strudwick
2nd Period
02:02
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Tripping  - 2 min against  Mikael Samuelsson
04:57
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Zack Stortini
04:57
EDM
Zack Stortini  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Darcy Hordichuk
05:24
EDM
Ryan Whitney  Slashing  - 2 min against  Victor Oreskovich
08:45
VAN
Aaron Rome  Holding  - 2 min against  Taylor Hall
11:53
EDM
Jason Strudwick  Holding  - 2 min against  Mason Raymond
12:47
EDM
Gilbert Brule  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mikael Samuelsson
12:47
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson  Slashing  - 2 min against  Gilbert Brule
15:03
VAN
Darcy Hordichuk  Interference  - 2 min against  Taylor Hall
3rd Period
08:54
EDM
Jim Vandermeer  Cross checking  - 2 min against  Raffi Torres
11:43
VAN
Aaron Volpatti  Interference  - 2 min against  Jared Aulin
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
GA: 8SV%: .758
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
GA: 2SV%: .929