NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton
(Tuesday, March 21st)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Edmonton 1
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Alexander Auld turned away 29 of the 30 shots he faced to help Vancouver down the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1, in the opener of an important three-game series at Rexall Place.
These teams, which are currently in a scrum for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference, will meet in Vancouver for two more encounters on Thursday and Saturday.
Daniel Sedin scored twice and Trevor Linden and Ryan Kesler both registered goals for the Canucks, who have won two of three since losing five in a row. With the victory, Vancouver moved a point ahead of both the Oilers and idle Los Angeles for seventh place in a cluttered Western Conference playoff race. Currently only three points separate the fifth and ninth placed teams.
Raffi Torres had the lone goal for Edmonton, which has dropped six of its last eight. Jarret Stoll notched the primary assist while Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves in the loss.
"They took it to us from the onset, and we survived it to a certain to degree because of the play of our goaltending," said Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish.
Linden put Vancouver on the board first at the 5:26 mark of the opening period, netting a wrister from the left wing after some nifty work behind the net from former Oiler Josh Green.
Just over four minutes later and with the Canucks on the power play, Sedin blasted a one-timer from the right circle to make it 2-0.
The Oilers cut their deficit in half 1:10 into the middle frame as Stoll corralled the puck behind the net and fed it in front to Torres, who one-timed it home.
Vancouver, however, would reestablish its two-goal edge with 7:51 remaining in the second. Todd Bertuzzi set up the score by sending the disc fluttering into the right slot, where Kesler whacked it into the short side of the cage.
Sedin added an empty-netter with 1:08 to play to cap the scoring.
Edmonton is still 5-1 against the Canucks this season and has won seven of the last 10 meetings overall...Vancouver is now 24-3-2 when leading after two periods...Vancouver was just 1-for-10 on the power play, while Edmonton went 0-for-5.
03/22 00:45:04 ET