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Vancouver at Edmonton

Torres nets hat trick for streaking Canucks

CBSSports.com wire reports
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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Raffi Torres got the best of his former team on Tuesday.

Torres had a hat trick and the Vancouver Canucks withstood a late charge to beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 for their fourth straight win.

Daniel Sedin also scored for the Canucks (6-3-2).

Torres was pleased to have a big night against the Oilers, but also to help his new club get its first road win of the season.

"Being a new guy on the team, anytime you can help out in any way possible it's good," Torres said. "I'm just trying to keep my game simple so it's nice to get rewarded."

Dustin Penner, Ryan Jones and Gilbert Brule scored for the Oilers (3-5-2), who have one win in their past eight games after a 2-0 start.

"You can't spot any team in the league three goals, or they're going to beat you," Jones said. "I don't think there's any doubt that if we played three periods like we did the last two we'd be laughing in here with two points."

After Vancouver blew a three-goal lead, Torres completed his hat trick with a backhand that surprised Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin with nine minutes to go in the third.

"[Torres] has been a real solid player for us," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "He came into camp with a great attitude and with really good conditioning. He's been doing the right things for us on and off the ice. He had a real big game for us tonight."

The Canucks opened the scoring with a pair of goals 32 seconds apart to go up 2-0 just past the midpoint of the first period.

Sedin scored his eighth of the season on a long power-play tip-in past Khabibulin. Torres made it 2-0 after a diving play on a rebound off the board to chip a shot over the Edmonton goalie.

Torres, who spent six seasons with the Oilers organization, scored his second of the night with five minutes to go in the opening period, tipping a Kevin Bieksa shot past Khabibulin with the man advantage to make it 3-0.

The Oilers made it 3-1 in the second period. Andrew Cogliano created a turnover behind the Vancouver net and Penner swung in front to beat Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

Edmonton cut the lead to a goal four minutes into the third as Zack Stortini put a shot on net. Jones kept digging at the loose puck in front until he slid it under Luongo to make it 3-2.

The Oilers tied the game two minutes later as Brule took a feed from Cogliano and his slap shot beat Luongo.

Notes

  • It was first overall draft pick Taylor Hall's 10th NHL game, meaning the Oilers will not be returning him to juniors this season as they would burn a year of eligibility by doing so.
  • Canucks winger Alex Burrows played his first game of the season following recovery from shoulder surgery. Burrows led the Canucks with 35 goals last season.
  • With Burrows being activated from the injured list, Vancouver reassigned Jeff Tambellini to Manitoba of the AHL.
  • Oilers goaltender Jeff Deslauriers cleared waivers on Tuesday and was officially assigned to Oklahoma City of the AHL. Also sent down was forward J.F. Jacques, in need of conditioning following back surgery.
  • It was the first of six meetings between the teams this season. Vancouver won four of the six last season.
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Raffi Torres celebrates his hat trick against the Oilers, a team he played with for four seasons.  (AP)
Raffi Torres celebrates his hat trick against the Oilers, a team he played with for four seasons. (AP)

Scoreboard
Vancouver  (6-3-2) «3014
Edmonton (3-5-2)0123
Three Stars
R. Torres
VAN


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
A. Cogliano
EDM


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
K. Bieksa
VAN


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 3
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
11:01Power Play - Daniel Sedin (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Sedin, Edler
11:33 - Raffi Torres (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Malhotra, Bieksa
15:13Power Play - Raffi Torres (5), Tip-In. Assist: Bieksa
2ND PERIOD
09:16 - Dustin Penner (4), Wrap Shot. Assist: Cogliano
3RD PERIOD
03:48 - Ryan Jones (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Stortini, Smid
05:28 - Gilbert Brule (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Cogliano, Smid
10:53 - Raffi Torres (6), Backhand Shot. Assist: Bieksa, Luongo
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:30Smid, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
11:41Ehrhoff, 2 min, Hooking
13:41Gilbert, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
31.0Torres, 2 min, Interference
14:34Eberle, 2 min, Tripping
16:34Penner, 2 min, Roughing
3RD PERIOD
06:54Alberts, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
VAN1110973
EDM512953
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Roberto Luongo59:56233
Nikolai Khabibulin59:24264
Game Information
Attendance - 16839
Referees - Brad Meier, Brad Watson
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Jay Sharrers
 
Other Games
Mon 0 Final
Colu 3
Ott 3 Final
Tor 2
SJ 0 Final
Min 1