VANCOUVER – Michael Grabner’s second-period goal gave the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in a pre-season game Tuesday.
It was Vancouver’s second victory over Edmonton in two nights, although both teams iced entirely different lineups from the ones that played in the Alberta capital Monday. Grabner is looking to crack the Canucks lineup after spending last season with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.
Darcy Hordichuk, playing his first game as a Canuck after three seasons with Nashville, scored Vancouver’s other goal.
Kyle Brodziak replied for the Oilers.
Vancouver outshot Edmonton 30-20. The Canucks went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Oilers were 1-for-6.
Brodziak gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead on a power play 5:41 into the game. Vancouver’s Alex Burrows was off for hooking at the time.
Hordichuk, known more for his fighting prowess than scoring, drew the Canucks even about seven minutes later as he converted a pass from Burrows after Ryan Johnson dug the puck out along the boards.
The goal matched Hordichuk’s offensive output in each of the last two regular seasons.
Things got testy in the opening frame as Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson slugged Steve Bernier after the Vancouver winger hit him in the mask with his stick as he gloved a shot.
Meawhile, Vancouver’s Mike Brown and Edmonton’s Adam Huxley fought and then Canuck defenceman Nathan MacIver and Oiler enforcer Zack Stortini scrapped.
Grabner gave Vancouver a 2-1 advantage 2:48 into the second period after Jannik Hansen made a fine rush along left wing and slid the puck across the goal-mouth to him during a power play.
Brown and Huxley fought again later in the middle frame. Curtis Sanford replaced Luongo in the Vancouver net at 14:23 of the second and did not allow a goal the rest of the way.
NOTES: Vancouver centre Cody Hodgson, trying to become the first top draft pick to stick with the Canucks in his first year of pro eligibility since Petr Nedved in 1990-91, made his NHL debut. . . . Henrik Sedin played while his twin brother Daniel sat out. . . . Gilbert Brule stood out in his first game for the Oilers after being acquired in an off-season trade from Columbus for Raffi Torres. . . . Pavol Demitra made his Vancouver debut after leaving Minnesota in the summer and signing as a free agent.