NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Edmonton|
(Saturday, April 27th)
Final Score: Edmonton 7, Vancouver 2
Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - Nail Yakupov notched his first career hat
trick as the Edmonton Oilers finished off the regular season with a 7-2 win
over the Vancouver Canucks.
Edmonton (19-22-7) scored five times in a span of 3:35 late in the third
period to finish off the season with two straight wins and a 12th place finish
in the Western Conference.
Vancouver (26-15-7) lost its final two games of the regular season, but won
the Northwest Division and as the third seed in the Western Conference will
host San Jose when the playoffs start.
Justin Schultz had a goal and three assists, Jordan Eberle lit the lamp twice
and Jerred Smithson also notched a goal for the Oilers, who got 28 saves from
"This was a fun game to get tonight and it's nice to win these last two here,"
said Schultz. "Obviously it comes a little too late, but we'll head into the
offseason with this and build on it next year."
Tom Sestito and Derek Roy scored for the Canucks, while Roberto Luongo was
victimized for all seven goals on 37 shots.
The score was tied when Edmonton went up by a goal in the third when Schultz
tied it with a one-timer in front off a short pass from Taylor Hall at the
13:17 mark for a 3-2 lead.
That opened the floodgates as Yakupov scored his second of the game 59 seconds
later and Eberle made it a 5-2 game just 21 seconds after that.
Yakupov capped the hat trick with 4:13 showing on the clock as he banged home
a rebound from the right side for his 17th of the year and a slap shot from
Smithson was 3:08 to play capped the scoring in the game.
"They just took the game over there," said Vancouver head coach Alain
Vigneault. "They grabbed all the momentum and had all the tempo and we just
couldn't get it back."
Roy got the Canucks on the board with 2:44 left in the first on the power
play, but the Oilers tied the game with just 1:20 to play in the second period
as a wrist shot by Schultz was tipped in by Eberle.
Yakupov shot home a rebound off the glove of Luongo from the right side on the
power play 2:21 into the final frame, but Sestito got a rebound goal of his
own off a rush play 1:20 later to tie the game at 2-2.
Edmonton snapped a franchise-record six-game home losing streak ... The
Oilers won three of five from the Canucks this season and won the season
series for the first time since 2005-06 ... Vancouver went 11-9-4 on the road
this season ... Edmonton posted a 9-11-4 mark as the hosts this season.
04/28 02:05:58 ET