NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: Edmonton 3, Vancouver 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth and Raffi Torres each scored power- play goals and Edmonton picked up its first home victory in a month with a 3-1 decision over Vancouver at Rexall Place.
Jarret Stoll also tallied once and Jaroslav Spacek finished with a pair of assists as the Oilers snapped a five-game home losing streak since a 5-0 triumph over Chicago on January 3 and won for the fourth time in five outings overall.
Edmonton dominated the Canucks for the duration of the contest, much like the Oilers have when the two teams have squared off this season. Vancouver was outshot 40-17 for the night, with Edmonton goaltender Mike Morrison needing to make just 16 stops.
"I think they beat us to a lot of the loose pucks and we ended up taking way to many penalties, and that gave them a big advantage," said Canucks forward Markus Naslund. "It comes down to hard work. Tonight I thought we were slow out there. We didn't initiate anything and kinda waited for someone to do something instead of taking control."
The Oilers have now won all five meetings between the clubs in 2005-06.
Daniel Sedin had the lone goal for the Canucks, who had a three-game wining streak snapped. Alex Auld had 37 saves in defeat.
Smyth put Edmonton up 1-0 when he redirected Chris Pronger's slap shot past Auld with 8:39 left in the first period.
Stoll made it a two-goal advantage with 6:57 remaining in the second, slipping in a shot from the left circle after a feed from Ales Hemsky.
"It always helps when you do get that first goal," said Stoll "And maybe getting a couple of power plays under your belt. We wanted to come in and get a lot of shots early."
Vancouver answered less than four minutes later. Tomas Mojzis worked the puck up to Henrik Sedin, who flew down the right side while his twin brother broke towards the net. Daniel Sedin knocked in the cross-ice pass from close range to pull the visitors within 2-1.
Edmonton then put the clamps on the Canucks' offense the rest of the way, as Vancouver mustered just a single shot during the third period.
Torres scored on a wrister from the right circle following a drop pass by Shawn Horcroff 8:17 into the final frame to provide the insurance.
Edmonton held an opponent to a single shot during a period for the eighth time in franchise history...Stoll extended his point streak to five games...The Oilers improved to 16-1 when leading after two periods this season and moved to 11-11-3 at home for the year.
02/05 02:33:52 ET