Thursday, December 01, 2005
Oilers 5, Canucks 3
[actual post Sun ~12:58p]
Off a very early faceoff, Nolan Baumgartner passed from the back of the right circle to Josh Green in the left side of the slot, who picked the loose puck off an Oiler skater and beat Jussi Markkanen top shelf inside the far post.
»» 1, VANCOUVER, Josh Green 2 (Nolan Baumgartner, Mattias Ohlund) 0:18
»» CANUCKS 1, OILERS 0
Radek Dvorak backhanded a pass to Jarret Stoll in the low slot who skated backward, controlled the puck, then lashed it past Alex Auld stick side.
»» 2, EDMONTON, Jarret Stoll 9 (Radek Dvorak, Raffi Torres) 8:25
»» OILERS 1, CANUCKS 1
A Steve Staios shot from the back of the right circle was stopped by Auld, but he couldn't control the rebound. The puck came out to Marty Reasoner, and despite Auld's effort to make the type of save David Aebischer made the last couple nights against Vancouver, the Canuck goaltender's try on Reasoner didn't come up roses. Reasoner roofed it over Auld from in front of the crease.
»» 3, EDMONTON, Marty Reasoner 6 (Steve Staios, Georges Laraque) 10:35
»» OILERS 2, CANUCKS 1
The Oilers outshot the Canucks 12-11 in the period. No penalties were enforced in the period.
Ales Hemsky flung a puck on the goal from the left point that found Ryan Smyth open in front of a half-open net; he had an easy time scoring glove side.
»» 4, EDMONTON, Ryan Smyth 12 (Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff) 4:50
»» OILERS 3, CANUCKS 1
The slap-pass strikes again. Henrik Sedin slap-passed from the right-wing boards to brother Daniel Sedin midslot, who redirected the puck in side the far post.
»» 5, VANCOUVER, powerplay, Daniel Sedin 6 (Henrik Sedin, Ohlund) 14:49
»» OILERS 3, CANUCKS 2
Vancouver outshot the Oilers 10-8 in the period (21-20 after two periods). The Canucks were 1-for-3 on the power play while the Oilers were 0-for-1.
Auld played the puck to his left, where Steve McCarthy tried to pass up the ice, but Raffi Torres stole the puck and quickly wristed one past Auld, short side from just right of the slot, basically putting the game away after the Canucks had gotten to within one goal.
»» 6, EDMONTON, Torres 12 (unassisted) 6:06
»» OILERS 4, CANUCKS 2
Stoll struck again, unleashing a slap shot from the back of the right circle along the right-wing boards that beat Auld inside the far post.
»» 7, EDMONTON, Stoll 10 (Dvorak) 14:48
»» OILERS 5, CANUCKS 2
Though the Canucks had the benefit of an Oiler penalty with 4:28 left, it proved to be too little too late as they were down 5-2. Henrik Sedin form the right hash threaded the puck between Marc-Andre Bergeron and Chris Pronger to former Oiler Anson Carter in the low slot, who beat Markkanen top corner, stick side.
»» 8, VANCOUVER, powerplay, Anson Carter 8 (H Sedin, Ohlund) 17:09
»» OILERS 5, CANUCKS 3
Edmonton outshot the Canucks 8-5 in the third period and 28-26 for the game. The Canucks scored on their only power play of the period and finished 2-for-4. Edmonton finished scoreless on their only power play of the night. Alex Auld stopped 23 of 28 for Vancouver.
Three stars -- (1) Edmonton's Jarret Stoll, (2) Edmonton's Raffi Torres, (3) Edmonton's Jussi Markkanen
H Sedin 0-2-2
D Sedin 1-0-1
The Canucks got the first goal, but it fizzled away afterward.
In the faceoff circle, Vancouver was a pathetic 21-for-54 (39%) in the faceoff circle. Brendan Morrison was 7-for-17, Ryan Kesler was 1-for-9 (OUCH), Henrik Sedin was 6-for-14, and Josh Green was 5-for-10. Sami Salo dished out three hits. Markus Naslund, Green, and Anson Carter recorded a pair of takeaways each. Bryan Allen blocked five shots and Nolan Baumgartner blocked four. Green led the team in shots with four.
Plus skaters for Vancouver (all plus-1) were Mattias Ohlund, Baumgartner, Trevor Linden, and Green. Minus-1 skaters included Morrison, Steve McCarthy, and Wade Brookbank. Minus-2 skaters included Salo, Kesler, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Jarkko Ruutu, and Carter. Minus-3 skaters (yes, it got that bad) were Allen, Richard Park, and Ed Jovanovski. All other Canuck skaters were even.
The loss took the Canucks down to 16-9-2, good for 34 points. They were to play only one game in the following seven days.