NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver
(Thursday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Edmonton 3 (SO)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Todd Bertuzzi scored the game-winner in the shootout and added a goal and an assist, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, in the second installment of an important three-game series at GM Place.
Markus Naslund and Henrik Sedin tallied goals and Alexander Auld stopped 26 shots in the win for the Canucks, who have won three of their last four games.
Vancouver has 82 points and is tied with Anaheim for the sixth spot in the Western Conference. But, Anaheim has three games in hand. Also, Vancouver trails Calgary for first place in the Northwest Division by two points.
Raffi Torres had two goals and Fernando Pisani tallied the other marker for the Oilers, who have dropped three straight and with 80 points sit in the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Dwayne Roloson made 16 saves, but failed to stop any Canucks in the shootout.
The first portion of the set was played Tuesday in Edmonton and the Canucks picked up the 4-1 win. The final game will be played on Saturday at GM Place.
Vancouver tied the game in the third period and neither team was able to score throughout the remainder of regulation and overtime.
Ales Hemsky went first for Edmonton, but his wrist shot missed the net. Naslund then skated in, lifted his leg to get Roloson to bite and fired a wrister over the goaltender's blocker.
Next up for the Oilers was Ryan Smyth. He skated in and went from the backhand to the forehand and tried to stuff it in. The puck went off of Auld's right pad and under his right arm. It was ruled no goal by the official despite the puck being in the net. After a review of almost 10 minutes, the on-ice call was overturned and the shootout was tied up.
Jarkko Ruutu was next for Vancouver and he used the leg deke, dropped his shoulder and fired a backhander into the net. Michael Peca was the last shooter for the Oilers, but he tied it up with a wrister into the right corner.
It was all up to Bertuzzi, who skated in, went to the backhand and banked it off the right post and into the net for the victory.
Vancouver had given up a 2-0 lead, but evened the game up with 8:24 left in regulation.
Good cycling work along the boards allowed Bertuzzi to get the puck alone behind the net. He sent the disc to the right circle where Naslund fired it over the left shoulder of Roloson for his 30th goal of the season to make it a 3-3 game.
"It took a great play," said Vancouver Marc Crawford. "Todd stayed on the puck and he found Nazzy and Nazzy made the perfect shot."
The Canucks took a 1-0 lead 9:47 into the first period. Ryan Kesler fought off a check deep along the left boards and got the puck to Bertuzzi behind the net. Bertuzzi skated out front to the right side of the net and fired it between the legs of Roloson for his 22nd goal of the season.
Vancouver grabbed a 2-0 lead with Henrik Sedin's 18th goal. Daniel Sedin had the puck behind the net and threw a centering pass to Anson Carter, whose shot was saved by Roloson, but Henrik smacked it over the stacked pads of the goaltender 4:50 into the second period.
The Oilers, though, scored the next three goals to take a 3-2 lead into the final period.
Sergei Samsonov showed off his speed as he flew into the Vancouver zone and from the top of the left circle slammed on the brakes. He had drawn two defenders to him, which allowed Torres to get open. Samsonov fed the puck to Torres at the top of the right circle and he fired a one-timer between the pads of Auld 8:33 in.
Again Samsonov's speed led to a goal. Jarret Stoll lifted the puck out of the Edmonton zone and Samsonov beat Keith Carney to the puck right outside the Vancouver zone. Samsonov snapped a shot from the low right side that Auld made a save on, but the disc went to the left side where Torres slammed it in with 1:52 left in the second.
Just 48 seconds later, Carter turned the puck over deep in his zone and Pisani picked it up in front of the net and tucked it between Auld's legs for his 17th goal of the season.
"We played much better tonight," said Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish. "We're gonna have to be that much better to win a hockey game."
Samsonov, who had two assists in the game, has seven points (one goal, six assists) in seven games since coming to Edmonton from Boston...Edmonton is 5-2 versus Vancouver this season...Naslund has scored at least 30 goals in each of the past five seasons...Vancouver is 3-18-1 when trailing going into the third period this season...Torres has seven goals in seven games versus Vancouver this season.
03/24 02:20:52 ET