NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver
(Saturday, December 17th)
Final Score: Edmonton 5, Vancouver 4 (OT)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Michael Peca netted the game-winning goal at the 4:08 mark of overtime, as Edmonton notched a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Vancouver at General Motors Place.
Marty Reasoner and Shawn Horcoff added third-period tallies for the Oilers, who were down 4-2 heading into the third frame, but still managed to snap a modest two-game losing streak.
Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky also scored for Edmonton, while Jussi Markkanen made 16 saves in relief of Mike Morrison. Morrison allowed two goals on four shots faced in the opening stanza before giving way to Markkanen.
"If (Morrison) had more experience, I would have hung in there with him," said Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish. "But I just thought it was too much to overcome for a young goalie to have a couple goals go on early in the game. I knew that I had Jussi...I was happy (he) came in and played as well as he did."
Todd Bertuzzi had a pair of goals and Matt Cooke and Anson Carter also lit the lamp for the Canucks, who saw their four-game overall and six-game home winning streak stopped.
Maxime Ouellet allowed five goals on 37 shots faced in his Vancouver debut, as the Canucks fell to 0-1-2 against Edmonton this season. Vancouver also lost for just the second time (13-1-1) at home this season.
"I thought Maxime was okay, we gave up far too many chances late in the game," Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford said. "It was a difficult game for him to play in. It was a difficult game for us. He gave us a great opportunity to win."
Peca's game winner came on a 2-on-1. After a blocked shot, Hemsky carried the puck into the offensive zone and passed to Peca in the left circle. The center then backhanded a shot over Ouellet's stick for the victory.
"I was thinking of going far side high, but I didn't want to miss the net at that point," said Peca. "We're looking at an odd man rush, so I figured a backhand and fortunately enough it went in."
Down 4-2, Edmonton recorded two tallies in the third to force the extra session.
The first goal came after Fernando Pisani passed from left circle to Reasoner, who was positioned in the bottom of right circle. Reasoner then slammed the puck into the empty net on the power play 3:14 into the frame.
Horcoff's short-handed tally tied the contest at 4-4 after Horcoff sent a blast from top of left circle that found the back of the net at the 12:33 mark of the third.
Vancouver also opened up the contest with a 2-0 lead it could not hold.
Cooke's fifth goal of the season 3:44 into the game staked Vancouver to an early 1-0 lead and Bertuzzi then extended the Canucks lead to two goals after he took a pass from Steve McCarthy behind the net, skated in front and slipped the puck past Morrison, 7:03 into the first.
Smyth's 14th tally of the season, a power-play goal, made it a 2-1 contest with 7:47 left in the opening frame and the Oilers tied it at 2-2 7:57 into the third. After Chris Pronger held the puck in at the blue line on a man advantage, Hemsky took a shot from the left circle that beat Ouellet glove side.
However, Vancouver answered 26 seconds later as Ed Jovanovski sent a cross-ice pass to Markus Naslund, who then found Bertuzzi with a pass. Bertuzzi took the feed to the net and flipped a shot over Markkanen's glove for a 3-2 edge.
"I knew that sooner or later I was going to catch my stride and start getting my speed back," said Bertuzzi.
Just 1:36 later, Carter chopped in a rebound from the slot off a Mattias Ohlund blast for a two-goal Vancouver lead at 4-2. It was Carter's 11th goal of the season.
This was the third of eight games the two teams will play against each other this season...The Canucks found themselves shorthanded for a season-high 10 times. Edmonton cashed in three times. Meanwhile, Vancouver finished 0-for-6 on the power play...The Canucks fell to just 13-1-1 when scoring first and 12-1-1 when leading after two periods...Vancouver fell to 5-7-3 against division foes...The Oilers outshot Vancouver 37-22...Edmonton's Jarret Stoll had to leave the game with 4:58 remaining in the third after taking a stick to the face that cut his right cheek.
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