Daniel Sedin had a career-high three goals and two assists while twin brother Henrik Sedin added four assists as the Swedish pair helped the Canucks down Edmonton 5-2 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win over the Oilers. Daniel Sedin says he’s glad his big performance came in such an important divisional game.
“It was a big game, so it was nice to get some goals and contribute like that,” he said. “When the puck goes your way like that, it makes for a fun night.
“It’s been an up and down season. The last little bit we have been lucky to get some goals.”
Henrik Sedin agreed the nine-point performance is even sweeter coming against a division rival.
“Tonight we got back scoring,” he said. “It is good for the team. It was a huge win and to do that in their building was big for us.”
Markus Naslund and Taylor Pyatt had the other goals for Vancouver (30-20-4), which has recorded at least a point in nine of its last 10 games.
But the Canucks had their share of help from both the Oilers and the officials, scoring on a pair of full two-minute 5-on-3 opportunities.
“Any time you get in a position where you have to kill two full minutes of 5-on-3, it’s difficult to overcome,” said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. “We are good enough to win, but we aren’t good enough to overcome that kind of disadvantage.”
Oiler Raffi Torres, who took the second penalty in both situations, accepted his role in the loss.
“We can’t have that, it’s stupid,” he said.
Daniel Sedin agreed the odd-man opportunities influenced the outcome.
“When you have two 5-on-3s that makes it easier,” he said. “If they are going to take that many penalties, we have to score and we did.”
Shawn Horcoff and Zack Stortini scored for Edmonton (26-24-4).
“It was a frustrating night because we thought we did a lot of things right,” said Oilers defenceman Steve Staios. “Roberto Luongo was obviously very good, but that’s a game we have to win so it is frustrating.”
Horcoff opened the scoring at 4:18 of the first, deflecting Jason Smith’s shot past Luongo with both teams playing with four skaters aside.
Vancouver tied the score at 17:43 on a two-man power play as Henrik Sedin’s shot hit his brother’s skate, then the post and went past Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson. The Oilers argued the puck was kicked in but the goal stood following a video review.
Vancouver had another two-man power play in the second, and that resulted in Naslund’s goal at 5:26. Daniel Sedin found the Canucks captain at the side of the net and he easily tapped the puck in for the 2-1 lead.
Edmonton made it 2-2 on Stortini’s goal at 9:28. Petr Sykora put a shot on goal that Luongo stopped but allowed a huge rebound that Stortini was able to convert for his first NHL goal.
But the Canucks took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission on Pyatt’s goal at 14:18, which both Sedins drew assists on.
Daniel Sedin cemented the victory with third-period goals at 8:18 and 19:04, the last into an empty net.
Vancouver returns home to face the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday while Edmonton plays the second game of a three-game homestand against the Hawks on Friday.
NOTES: Stortini hit Vancouver defenceman Lukas Krajicek into the boards a minute and a half into the first. Krajicek left the game and didn’t return . . . Both clubs have been very stingy on the penalty kill this season. The Canucks entered the game with the top-ranked unit (88.7 per cent) while Edmonton was second (87.5 per cent) . . . Edmonton and Vancouver are the only teams under .500 against Northwest Division opponents . . . On Tuesday, the Oilers assigned left-winger Patrick Thoresen to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.