The Canucks (44-23-6) have now won three in a row and eight of their last 10 to move three points ahead of idle Minnesota for top spot in the Northwest Division. Edmonton (30-36-7) has now also gone 10 games without a victory since the deadline deal of forward Ryan Smyth to the New York Islanders and is just three losses short of their franchise record 14 game winless streak from the 93-94 season.
The injury-riddled Oilers came out looking determined to finally end their string of futility. They staked a 1-0 lead just over six minutes in when Torres redirected a Shawn Horcoff point shot over Vancouver starter Roberto Luongo.
Vancouver had a number of glorious chances to tie the game up with a pair of late power plays, but Oilers netminder Dwayne Roloson came up big to keep the Canucks off the board.
But yet another power play early in the second allowed the Canucks to draw even as Daniel Sedin made a perfect pass through the crease to Linden, who had an easy tap in to knot the game 1-1.
The Canucks then took the lead five minutes later as Roloson allowed a big rebound on a kick save from a Mattias Ohlund shot and Henrik Sedin found brother Daniel Sedin waiting at the side of the net to chip in his 32nd of the year for a 2-1 Vancouver advantage.
It was Edmonton’s turn to apply the late pressure in the second period with a number of quality chances but Luongo shut the door, making 31 saves through 40 minutes.
The Canucks did a good job keeping the Oilers down from there and were able to hold on through a scoreless third.
Both teams return to the ice on Wednesday as the Oilers play the fourth game of a six game homestand against Colorado and the Canucks return home to face Nashville.
NOTES: The Oilers were once again missing 10 players from their lineup on Monday night. With five defencemen out Edmonton was forced to look to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for help, calling up 20-year-old blue-liner Sebastien Bisaillon on an emergency basis from the Val-d’Or Foreurs for the game. Kyle Brodziak, another recent emergency call up, was returned to Wilkes-Barre of the AHL before the game as Joffrey Lupul drew back in after a bout with the flu. . . . Edmonton’s injury woes have exposed the dangers of not having a dedicated American Hockey League affiliate this season, but that won’t be a problem next season as the Oilers announced they had signed a three-year affiliation agreement with the Springfield Falcons on Monday. It enables the Oilers to ice their own AHL affiliate for the first time since 2004-05. . . . . . . Heading into the match against the Oilers, a total of 15 different Canucks had scored the team’s last 17 goals.