EDMONTON, AB (AP) - It was a nail-biter right to the end, but the Vancouver Canucks couldn't manage to squeeze out a win in Edmonton on their last game of a long road trip. Goals were hard to come by, and it looked for a while like the two teams would see each other in overtime without a goal scored, but the Oilers managed to break the Canucks' defensive wall in the 3rd with a goal by Horcoff to take the lead.
But the Canucks would answer back. With only a minute and a half left in regulation, Mattias Ohlund found the back of the net off a rebound from Daniel Sedin. Then it was off to overtime, which had plenty of scoring chances, but no saw no goals scored.
Kesler, the second shooter for the Canucks, was the first to score, but in the end the Oilers managed to get 2 by Sanford, with Fernando Pisani scoring the deciding goal. The Edmonton Oilers earned their third straight post-regulation win in a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
It was the second loss in a row for Vancouver, which lost for the third time on its now completed four-game road trip. Vancouver is back in GM Place on Tuesday to host New Jersey.
Edmonton (16-16-2) moved back to the .500 mark for the first time since the fourth game of the season. The Oilers are 8-3-1 in their last 12 and have 10 wins this season in shootouts.
After going scoreless for over 56 minutes, the teams traded goals two minutes apart late in regulation.
Shawn Horcoff scored with 3:29 remaining in the third period. Ales Hemsky hung on to the puck, circling behind the net before feeding Horcoff in front for a one-timer. It was his 16th of the season.
Stopped 29 shots and won the shoot-out.
Stopped 25 shots in a hard fought game.
|Fernando Pisani Scored the game winning goal in the shootout.|
But the Canucks tied with 1:28 left when Daniel Sedin's shot bounced off a body in front and went to Mattias Ohlund, who had an easy tap in to send the game to overtime.
Edmonton had the best chances in the extra session but Vancouver goalie Curtis Sanford stood his ground to force the game into a shootout.
Sanford finished with 25 saves before the tiebreaker. Oilers netminder Mathieu Garon stopped 29.
There was a frenetic start to the game as play went back and forth play for 7:07 before the first whistle.
Notes: Canucks G Roberto Luongo sat out his fourth consecutive game (bruised rib). Sanford has gone 1-2-1 in relief. Also missing from the Vancouver lineup was C Brendan Morrison, missing his third game (wrist). ... Oilers forward Raffi Torres was out due to knee injury, allowing Geoff Sanderson to return from back spasms that sidelined him for two weeks. ... The teams split the previous four meetings this season. ... This was the fifth meeting between the two teams this season. ... Edmonton is two shootout wins short of the NHL record set by Dallas in 2005-06. Five teams tied for the league lead with 10 last season. ... Garon became the father of a girl, Rosemary, on Friday.