|VAN||1||1||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|EDM||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
Trouble hitting the net translated to trouble hitting the scoreboard for the Oilers Sunday evening. After outshooting the Oil 32-12 through 60 minutes, including 14-1 in the third period alone, the Canucks snagged two points with a 2-1 victory at Rexall Place.
Under the Scope
With Edmonton's only shot of the third period, Jordan Eberle scored his club's lone goal of the game. At the opposite end of the ice, goalie Devan Dubnyk earned third-star honours for his strong 30-save performance.
The Oilers and Canucks registered only one shot each in the game's first five minutes. Vancouver quickly added three more, however, including the opening goal. After Dubnyk moved over to cover Daniel Sedin, Alex Burrows got the puck at the opposite side and fired into the open net to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
One minute later, Magnus Paajarvi was dragged down on a breakaway by Andrew Alberts and awarded a penalty shot. The young Swede swerved in on net but Roberto Luongo stuck with him and stopped the attempted equalizer.
Vancouver maintained a two-to-one shot lead as the period progressed, with Dubnyk and Luongo matching each attempt with a save. After 20 minutes, the Oilers continued to trail 1-0 and were down 9-4 on the shot clock.
Edmonton crafted a pair of good scoring chances early in the second before a holding minor to Sam Gagner stalled their offensive pursuits. Although Dubnyk stopped both Canucks power-play attempts, four seconds after Gagner returned to play, Henrik Sedin tapped his brother's feed over the line to set the score 2-0 Vancouver.
Near the game's midway point, it was announced that Oilers blue-liner Jim Vandermeer had suffered a right ankle injury and would not return to the game.
The Canucks were up 18 shots to six when the team took the first of two consecutive penalties. The Oilers tested Luongo four more times before the period was up, but the goalie kept the home team off the clock and down by two heading into the final frame.
Assisted by three Edmonton penalties -- including two that overlapped for 1:48 -- Vancouver continued to dominate in the third, firing 14 additional shots before the Oil could get one on Luongo. The Oilers' perfect penalty-killing continued, however, as Dubnyk came up with some huge saves to keep his club within two.
The Oilers opted for six skaters in the final 90 seconds of regulation. With Kesler serving his second infraction of the night and only four seconds left on the clock, Jordan Eberle fired the puck past Luongo. The goal occured on Edmonton's only shot of the third period.
The Oilers battled for an equalizer but, with only seconds left, couldn't close the deal. As a result, the club dropped a 2-1 decision to their Northwest Division opponents Sunday evening.
|Sam Gagner Holding against Mikael Samuelsson|
|Ryan Kesler Hooking against Kurtis Foster|
|Daniel Sedin Hooking against Theo Peckham|
|Mikael Samuelsson Hooking against Gilbert Brule|
|Sam Gagner Tripping against Andrew Alberts|
|Gilbert Brule Boarding against Keith Ballard|
|Theo Peckham Hi-sticking against Kevin Bieksa|
|Ryan Kesler Slashing against Taylor Hall|
|SA: 12||TOI: 59:04|
|Saves: 11||EV: 9 - 9|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 3|
|SV%: .917||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 32||TOI: 58:29|
|Saves: 30||EV: 22 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 7|
|SV%: .938||SH: 1 - 1|