Edmonton at Vancouver

Oilers beat Canucks for fourth consecutive time

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Edmonton Oilers won a good old-fashioned Western Conference shootout with Vancouver.

Ryan Smyth scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, helping the Oilers extend their winning streak over Vancouver to four games with a 7-6 victory Wednesday night.

Marty Reasoner added a power play goal just over two minutes later as Edmonton moved into a tie with the Canucks atop the Northwest Division.

Todd Harvey, Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Mike Peca also scored for the Oilers, who overcame four one-goal deficits before Smyth put them ahead with a shot off the left boards.

"A wild, wild game in the wild, wild west," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "It was last goal wins tonight.

Actually, Daniel Sedin scored that last goal for Vancouver on a two-man advantage with 53 seconds left, but it wasn't enough to keep the Canucks from losing their third straight at home after starting the season winning 13 of 14.

Vancouver has blown multiple leads and given up a short-handed goal to tie in all three losses.

"Of course it's alarming, we wouldn't be human if we weren't a little upset about this," Vancouver coach Marc Crawford said. "We were far too sloppy and we didn't play with the urgency we needed. We got what we deserved tonight."

Todd Bertuzzi, who was selected to the Canadian Olympic team earlier in the day, Rick Rypien, Jarkko Ruutu, Henrik Sedin and Brendan Morrison also scored for the Canucks.

The Canucks scored on 5 of 9 power play chances, but in a game that featured plenty of strange bounces and very little defense, it wasn't enough to win.

Harvey opened the scoring 3:11 in after Ed Jovanovski's bad giveaway, but Bertuzzi jammed in a power play goal at 11:53 and Rypien scored in his first NHL game just over three minute later to put the Canucks ahead 2-1.

It was the first of four straight one-goal Vancouver leads. None lasted long.

Horcoff tied it 1:13 later on a rebound.

Ruutu restored the Vancouver lead on a rebound of his own just 1:15 into the second period, but Hemsky tied it on a long shot 59 seconds later.

Henrik Sedin beat Jussi Markkanen with a soft shot from the top of the circle two minutes later, ending the Edmonton goalie's night early after giving up four goals on eight shots.

Peca tied it on a short-handed breakaway less than two minutes later. But Ty Conklin, who replaced Markkanen, gave the lead back on the same power play 33 seconds later when his attempt to clear the puck from the front of his own net bounced in off a ducking Morrison.

"Those games start off intense and then because of the route the game goes it goes from the sublime to the ridiculous," MacTavish said.

This time it took the Oilers three minutes to tie the game. Raffi Torres beat Alex Auld, who finished with 30 saves, with a screened power-play point shot at 9:14, and Edmonton never trailed again.

Smyth s long blast over Auld s glove on the far side was the only goal Crawford blamed on his 24-year-old goaltender.

"You can look at just about everybody in our lineup and we were all guilty of not playing a strong game on the defensive side of the puck," Crawford said.

Conklin finished with 13 saves in relief -- the third straight game Edmonton has pulled its starting goaltender and won. Markkanen won the first two in relief of Mike Morrison, who watched this one from the press box.

"I made the mistake of starting our relief guy tonight," MacTavish said. "And you can never expect to get nine innings out of your relief guy."

Notes

  • Canucks D Nolan Baumgartner left two minutes into the game after the tip of the ring finger on his left hand was severed blocking a shot. The tip was reattached and Baumgartner said he expects to be out as long as two weeks. Rypien was undrafted out of junior, but signed after a tryout with Vancouver's AHL affiliate in Manitoba in March and played well enough to earn a contract in October.
  • The Canucks, who are 5-8-3 against the Northwest Division and 11-2-1 against the rest of the Western Conference, host Calgary their next two games.
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Marty Reasoner (center) gets cheers from Jaret Stoll (left) and Ryan Smyth for his winning goal. (AP)
Marty Reasoner (center) gets cheers from Jaret Stoll (left) and Ryan Smyth for his winning goal. (AP)
Scoreboard
Edmonton  (20-11-4) «2327
Vancouver (20-10-4)2316
Three Stars
R. Smyth
EDM


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
T. Bertuzzi
VAN


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
C. Pronger
EDM


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:17Todd Harvey (3), Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
11:53Power Play - Todd Bertuzzi (12), Wrist Shot - Assists: Markus Naslund and Ed Jovanovski
15:13Rick Rypien, Wrist Shot - Assists: Jarkko Ruutu and Ed Jovanovski
16:25Shawn Horcoff (8), Wrist Shot - Assist: Igor Ulanov
2ND PERIOD
01:15Power Play - Jarkko Ruutu (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi
02:14Ales Hemsky (8), Wrist Shot - Assists: Steve Staios and Jarret Stoll
03:48Power Play - Henrik Sedin (9), Wrist Shot - Assist: Daniel Sedin
05:42Short - Michael Peca (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Igor Ulanov and Ethan Moreau
06:15Power Play - Brendan Morrison (7) - Unassisted.
09:14Power Play - Raffi Torres (14), Tip-In - Assists: Chris Pronger and Ales Hemsky
3RD PERIOD
09:24Ryan Smyth (15), Slap Shot - Assists: Fernando Pisani and Marty Reasoner
11:46Power Play - Marty Reasoner (8), Tip-In - Assists: Marc-Andre Bergeron and Ryan Smyth
19:07Power Play - Daniel Sedin (11), Tip-In - Assists: Ed Jovanovski and Sami Salo
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:13Cross: Holding - 2 min.
11:45Bergeron: Holding - 2 min.
12:35Park: Hooking - 2 min.
19:49Bergeron: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
02:29Horcoff: Hooking - 2 min.
03:48Reasoner: Hooking - 2 min.
06:10Cross: Roughing - 2 min.
08:58Ruutu: Holding - 2 min.
08:58Ruutu: Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
15:31Allen: Interference - 2 min.
18:39Smyth: Hooking - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
02:54Jovanovski: Holding - 2 min.
10:13Ohlund: Hooking - 2 min.
18:35Hemsky: Roughing - 2 min.
19:02Peca: Interference - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Edmonton141112 37
Vancouver6126 24
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 18630
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Shane Heyer, Tim Peel
Line Judges - Mike Cvik, Lyle Seitz
 
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