Oilers end season by routing Canucks | Sunday, 04.28.2013 / 4:01 AM

The Edmonton Oilers ended a disappointing season on a happy note.

The Oilers left the Rexall Place ice Saturday with cheers ringing in their ears after rookie Nail Yakupov's first NHL hat trick powered them to a 7-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks. All three goals came in the third period, when the Oilers scored five times in a span of 3:35 to blow open a close game.

Jordan Eberle scored twice, rookie defenseman Justin Schultz had a goal and two assists and Jerred Smithson had the other goal for the Oilers. Edmonton (19-22-7) ended the season with back-to-back victories after a stretch in which it dropped nine of 10 on the way to missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.

"We started doing what we wanted to do all year in the last two games," Schultz said. "It's what we'll carry forward to next year."

The Canucks (26-15-7) got goals by Derek Roy and Tom Sestito on a night when they rested many of their key regulars to get them ready for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs next week.

Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin dressed and played one 22-second shift, enough to extend his consecutive games-played streak to 629.

The Canucks lost two in a row and four of their last six to end the regular season. Their next game will be the opener of their first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks.

"We played against them two years ago in a very close series," Henrik Sedin said, referring to the Canucks' five-game win in the 2011 Western Conference Finals. "They are built like a lot of other teams in this conference. They are big, they have got some very skilled guys. So it’s going to be tough."

Yakupov got his first of the night when he flipped Schultz's rebound past Luongo early in the third period during a 5-on-3 advantage to make it 2-1. Sestito banged the rebound of Kevin Bieksa's shot past Devan Dubnyk two minutes later to tie the game.

Dubnyk robbed Keith Ballard on a breakaway and denied a point-blank shot by Maxim Lapierre, setting the stage for Edmonton's barrage.

Taylor Hall's no-look backhand passout found Schultz at the top of the crease at 13:17 to put the Oilers ahead to stay. Yakupov got his second of the night 59 seconds later after a misplay by Luongo behind his own net, and Eberle got his second of the game just 21 seconds after that.

Yakupov completed the hat trick a little over a minute later when picked up a rebound in front and lifted a backhander into the net for his 17th of the season, tops among all NHL rookies.

"The sky is the limit for this kid," Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff said.

Smithson beat Luongo from the slot at 16:42 to complete the onslaught.

Despite the season-ending blowout win, the reality is that the Oilers are headed for the draft lottery again -- they've had the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft in each of the past three years.

"As nice as this win is, we leave the season with a lot of pain in our stomachs that we'll look to use to get better," Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said.

Material from team and national media was used in this report.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
17:16VAN PPG - Derek Roy (7) ASST: Jannik Hansen (17), Mason Raymond (12) 1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
18:40EDM Jordan Eberle (15) ASST: Justin Schultz (17), Nick Schultz (8) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
02:21EDM PPG - Nail Yakupov (15) ASST: Justin Schultz (18), Sam Gagner (24) 2 - 1 EDM
03:41VAN Tom Sestito (3) ASST: Kevin Bieksa (6), Zack Kassian (4) 2 - 2 Tie
13:17EDM Justin Schultz (8) ASST: Taylor Hall (33), Mark Fistric (5) 3 - 2 EDM
14:16EDM Nail Yakupov (16) ASST: Magnus Paajarvi (6) 4 - 2 EDM
14:37EDM Jordan Eberle (16) ASST: Taylor Hall (34), Justin Schultz (19) 5 - 2 EDM
15:47EDM Nail Yakupov (17) ASST: Mark Fistric (6), Magnus Paajarvi (7) 6 - 2 EDM
16:52EDM Jerred Smithson (3) ASST: Ryan Jones (5), Ryan Smyth (11) 7 - 2 EDM
Three Stars of the Game
Justin Schultz
Justin Schultz
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 21:53
Nail Yakupov
Nail Yakupov
G: 3Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:47
Jordan Eberle
Jordan Eberle
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 16:09
Penalty Summary
1st Period
15:41EDM Taylor Hall  Hooking against  Keith Ballard
2nd Period
08:07VAN Kevin Bieksa  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
11:20EDM Ryan Smyth  Holding against  Kevin Bieksa
18:12EDM Ladislav Smid  Slashing against  Kevin Bieksa
18:12EDM Ladislav Smid  Roughing against  Ryan Kesler
18:12VAN Kevin Bieksa  Roughing against  Ladislav Smid
18:12VAN Kevin Bieksa  Roughing against  Ladislav Smid
3rd Period
00:23VAN Jannik Hansen  Boarding against  Taylor Hall
00:39VAN Mason Raymond  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:27VAN Keith Ballard  Holding against  Taylor Hall
17:48EDM Mark Fistric  Misconduct (10 min)
17:48VAN Maxim Lapierre  Misconduct (10 min)
17:48VAN Steven Pinizzotto  Misconduct (10 min)
17:48EDM Mark Fistric  Roughing against  Steven Pinizzotto
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/4
Faceoff Wins3136
Blocked Shots810
Penalty Minutes3220
3K. BieksaD01-24621:09
4K. BallardD00-22220:10
9Z. KassianR0102015:18
13S. PinizzottoR00-231012:02
15D. RoyC10-14021:02
17R. KeslerC00-12015:29
18C. BarkerD00-40019:46
20C. HigginsL00-13016:34
21M. RaymondL01-20215:12
25A. EbbettC0001016:39
26F. CorradoD00-12020:27
29T. SestitoL1001011:29
32D. WeiseR00-20014:14
33H. SedinC000000:22
36J. HansenR01-23217:09
38D. JoslinD00-10018:58
40M. LapierreC00-421018:00
41A. AlbertsD0001018:07
1R. Luongo3037.81159:55
2J. PetryD0011019:02
4T. HallL0234221:41
5L. SmidD0011419:19
10S. HorcoffC0020016:42
13M. BrownR0000010:50
14J. EberleR2035016:09
15N. SchultzD0120016:56
19J. SchultzD1334021:53
20E. BelangerC00-1109:25
28R. JonesL0101011:03
44C. PotterD0012020:06
45M. FistricD02211217:31
52J. SmithsonC1013014:07
57A. LanderC00-1109:11
64N. YakupovR3026018:47
89S. GagnerC0130019:45
91M. PaajarviL0225014:30
94R. SmythL0112217:28
40D. Dubnyk2830.93360:00