NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton
(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: Edmonton 4, Vancouver 3 (SO)
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Raffi Torres scored twice in regulation, including the game-tying goal with 23 seconds left in the third period, and also scored in the shootout to help the Edmonton Oilers rally for a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Rexall Place.
Jussi Markkanen had 28 saves, including stops of Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi in the shootout, for Edmonton, which has won each of its first two games. Ales Hemsky scored the decisive goal in the shootout for the Oilers, who beat the Canucks for just the third time in 12 outings.
Naslund had a pair of goals in regulation and Sami Salo had a goal and two assists for the Canucks, who have split their first two games of the season. Ed Jovanovski had two assists for Vancouver, which scored twice in the third period to go ahead 3-2.
However, the Oilers tied the game with only 23 seconds remaining in the contest. Michael Peca sent a pass across the crease to Torres, whose first shot was stopped by a sprawling Dan Cloutier. However, the rebound went right back to Torres and all he had to do was lift it over the netminder, who was down on the ice.
"It was a good play by Peca," said Torres. "He gave me a chance and I managed to put it in."
Neither team had a solid scoring chance in overtime and the game went into a shootout.
Markkanen stopped Naslund on the first try of the shootout and Torres then converted his attempt for the Oilers for a 1-0 lead.
Markkanen then made a kick save of Bertuzzi's attempt, giving Hemsky a chance at the win.
Hemsky skated in on Cloutier and wristed a shot over his glove hand, giving the Oilers two points in their first shootout of the season.
"Shootouts are part of the game now," said Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford. "We all have to all get our minds around that. They scored on their two opportunities. We were stoned by their goalie."
Shawn Horcoff staked the Oilers to a 1-0 lead in the first period, tallying his third goal of the season at the 1:42 mark. Ryan Smyth and Radek Dvorak had assists on the play.
Vancouver tied it with just under three minutes remaining until the first intermission. Naslund recorded his third goal of the season off assists from Salo and Jovanovski.
Torres scored the only goal of the second period, but Naslund and Salo registered third-period goals to put the Canucks ahead.
Cloutier ended with 31 saves.
Smyth suffered a sprained left MCL in the first period and did not return...Vancouver ended 3-for-12 on the power play, but failed to score on four different two-man advantages...Edmonton went 2-for-7 on the power play.
10/09 01:28:52 ET