VANCOUVER, B.C. – Daniel Sedin scored a pair of goals, the first on a power play, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 Wednesday on the night the team retired Trevor Linden’s jersey.
Ryan Kesler and Jannik Hansen, into an empty net, also scored for the Canucks, who won their second consecutive game and their third in four starts.
Dustin Penner and Sam Gagner, late in the third, scored for the Oilers, who were looking for a better result after being pasted 9-2 in Edmonton by the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night.
Edmonton has lost three of its last four games. Their lone victory in that span was a 3-0 win over the Canucks on Saturday.
The Canucks took a 3-0 lead into the final period, but the Oilers made in interesting in the third. Penner finally scored for Edmonton early in the period, then Gagner drew the Oilers to within one when he scored with the goaltender pulled for an extra attacker.
Prior to the game, a sellout crowd of 18,630 had a chance to give Linden one more standing ovation as his No. 16 was raised to the rafters. The former Vancouver captain joins Stan Smyl as the only Canucks to have their numbers retired.
“This is an incredible day,” said Linden, 38, who retired in June after 16 seasons as a Canuck. “To the fans of Vancouver and the province of B.C., it’s hard to express my gratitude to you tonight.
“Thank you for letting me into your lives. Thanks for being incredible, passionate hockey fans.”
The win came at a price for Vancouver as defenceman Sami Salo and Shane O’Brien both left the game with injures.
O’Brien was hurt in the first period after taking a brutal hit behind the net from Edmonton’s Zack Stortini. Salo, who had just returned to the lineup after missing three games with a groin injury, was driven into the boards by Ethan Moreau late in the second period.
He left the ice holding his upper body. No penalty was called on the play.
The Canucks broke open a scoreless game with goals 2:35 apart in the second period.
Sedin opened the scoring in the dying second of a five-one-three power play. Dwayne Roloson stopped the first shot but Edmonton defenceman Steve Staios drove Sedin into the Oilers’ goaltender. The pair crashed to the ice and the puck squirted into the net.
A frustrated Roloson swatted Sedin on the head but the goal stood.
Kesler made it 2-0 at 3:51. He drove the net, then managed to score off Steve Bernier’s rebound. It was the second consecutive game Kesler scored after going 13 without a goal.
Sedin made it 3-0 late in the period with a shot from a sharp angle that went over Roloson’s shoulder.
Penner made it 3-1 early in the third. He scooped up a Henrik Sedin giveaway and blasted a shot past Canuck goaltender Curtis Sanford.
Neither club could convert shooting opportunities in a sluggish first period.
Shawn Horcoff and Sheldon Souray both missed the net from the slot during an Oilers power play.
Late in the period, Vancouver centre Kyle Wellwood stickhandled in front of Roloson during a Canuck man advantage but the Edmonton netminder smothered the attempt. Wellwood also misfired while in close on a power play.
CANUCK NOTES(at): Sanford played in his 100th career game. …Vancouver also beat the Oilers on the night Smyl’s jersey was retired. …The Canucks’ next game is Saturday night at home against Chicago.