NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver
(Wednesday, December 21st)
Final Score: Edmonton 7, Vancouver 6
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Ryan Smyth and Marty Reasoner scored third- period goals to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 7-6 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place.
Smyth added an assist and Ales Hemsky had a goal and a helper for the Oilers, who have won four consecutive games.
Ty Conklin made 13 saves and got the win after Jussi Markkanen was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on nine shots.
Todd Bertuzzi, Brendan Morrison, Daniel Sedin and Jarkko Ruutu had a goal and an assist each for the Canucks, who have dropped their last three games. Ed Jovanovski had three helpers on the night.
Alex Auld allowed seven goals on 37 shots in defeat.
In an offensive game that featured 13 different goal scorers, it was two goals midway through the final frame by the Oilers that decided things.
With the game tied at 5-5, Smyth dashed into the Vancouver zone and from a sharp angle down low, let go a wrist shot that grazed off Auld's glove and into the net at 9:24. Reasoner then deflected Marc-Andre Bergeron's shot from the left point past Auld 2:22 later to give Edmonton a two-goal lead.
With a late two-man advantage, the Canucks made it a 7-6 game when Sedin slammed home a rebound, but they were unable to score on the latter part of the power play.
The Oilers drew first blood, scoring 3:17 into the first period. Jovanovski's outlet pass was intercepted by Todd Harvey just inside the blue line. Right away, Harvey flipped the puck on net and with Mike Peca providing a screen, Auld never saw the puck go past his right shoulder.
Midway through the first, the Canucks evened the score at 1-1 with a power- play goal by Bertuzzi.
Rick Rypien's first career goal -- on his first career shot -- gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead. Ruutu's shot from the right faceoff circle was stopped by Markkanen, but Rypien easily slammed the rebound home at 15:13.
A little over a minute later, Shawn Horcroff scored his eighth goal of the season to tie the game up at 2-2.
Early in the second stanza, the Canucks took a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal. From the right side of the net, Bertuzzi threw the puck in front and Ruutu tapped the loose puck in front past Markkanen.
The Oilers responded about a minute later, with Hemsky letting go a wicked wrister from the high slot that beat Auld high, glove-side.
At the 3:48 mark of the second, Henrik Sedin's weak shot from just inside the blue line beat Markkanen low stick-side, giving the Canucks a 4-3 lead and sending Markkanen to the bench in favor of Conklin.
Less than two minutes later, Peca scored a shorthanded breakaway goal to tie the game up at 4-4.
Seconds later, Conklin's clearing attempt from just outside his crease hit off Morrison's shin and into the net for a power-play goal and a 5-4 Vancouver lead.
Midway through the second, Raffi Torres deflected home Chris Pronger's slap shot from the point on the power play, once again tying things up.
Before the game, Pronger, Smyth, Bertuzzi and Jovanovski were named to Canada's 2006 Olympic hockey team that will compete in Turin, Italy...The Oilers have won all four meetings with the Canucks this season...Edmonton is 12-7-2 on the road...The Oilers were 2-of-6 on the power play while Vancouver was 5-of-9 with the man advantage...The seven goals allowed was a season-high for the Canucks.
12/22 01:51:15 ET