NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton
(Thursday, December 1st)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Vancouver 3
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Jarret Stoll scored two goals to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rexall Place.
Raffi Torres recorded a goal and an assist while Marty Reasoner and Ryan Smyth also scored for the Oilers, who have captured four of their last five games. Jussi Markkanen stopped 23 shots in the victory.
"It was a big win, especially with a team in our own division," said Stoll. "It gives the team a lot of confidence."
Josh Green, Daniel Sedin and Anson Carter scored for the Canucks, who have dropped three of their last four games and lost to Edmonton for the second time in as many games this season.
Vancouver goaltender Alexander Auld allowed five goals on 28 shots before he was pulled in the third period. Mattias Ohlund assisted on all three goals in the losing effort.
"It is disappointing to come into a tough building, play a tough team, and not have a more concentrated effort," said Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford.
The visitors got off to a very quick start as Green scored just 18 seconds into the game on a wrist shot from the low slot.
However, the Oilers settled in and scored twice in a 2:10 span midway through the opening period for a one-goal lead.
The first Edmonton tally, scored at 8:25, came off the stick of Stoll, who fired home a wrister after a pass from Radek Dvorak from the left half-wall.
Reasoner's hustle paved the way for a 2-1 Edmonton lead. He carried the puck over the blue line and left a drop pass for Steve Staios, who released a slap shot from the top of the right circle. Auld made the save, but Reasoner broke to the net and put the rebound into the cage with 9:25 remaining in the first.
Before five minutes had elapsed in the second stanza, Smyth's 12th goal of the season extended the lead to two goals. Ales Hemsky kept the puck alive at the left point and put a seemingly harmless soft wrist shot toward the net. The Vancouver defensemen did not see Smyth, who stayed behind the play and was left all alone for an easy rebound goal at 4:50.
The Sedin twins then cut the lead to 3-2 with a power-play marker in the latter stages of the middle session. On a play that appeared to have been practiced many times, Henrik took a snap shot from the right point and Daniel, standing in the slot, had his stick positioned perfectly for a beautiful deflection at 14:49.
However, the Oilers made it 5-2 in the third on goals from Torres and Stoll.
Torres capitalized on a terrible pass by Vancouver's Wade Brookbank, who tried to send the disc from his own goal line through the center of the ice. Torres picked it off and beat Auld from in close at the 6:06 mark.
"We can't make the number of mistakes that we did in this game," Crawford said.
With just over five minutes remaining in regulation, Dvorak fed Stoll a nice lead pass from the neutral zone and the latter scored on a blazing slap shot from the far side of the right circle to end Auld's night.
Carter's eighth goal with 2:51 remaining capped the scoring.
This marked the first time that the Canucks lost when scoring first (10-1-0)...Edmonton is now 10-1 when leading after two periods...Vancouver fell to 5-8-2 on the road...The Canucks, who finished 2-for-4 on the power play, committed just one penalty, a holding call on defenseman Ed Jovanovski on which the OIlers failed to score...Henrik Sedin had two assists...Rob McVicar replaced Auld and did not face a shot in 2:44 of action.
12/02 00:38:54 ET