EDMONTON – The Edmonton Oilers have had their problems containing Vancouver’s dynamic Sedin twins, and Sunday night was no different.
Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist and brother Daniel added two assists as the Vancouver Canucks won their third straight road game for the first time in over a year, defeating the Oilers 2-1.
The Canucks outshot Edmonton 32-12, with the Oilers only registering one shot in the third period for the second game in a row.
Alexandre Burrows also scored for the Canucks (16-8-4), who have won six of their last eight games.
“They didn’t play to their standards and we played a really solid game,” Daniel Sedin said. “That’s what happens sometimes. I felt we played one of our best games of the year.”
Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault felt that it was one of the strongest performances of the year by the Sedins, who have proven to be Oiler killers over the years with 53 career points against Edmonton apiece.
“They were outstanding,” he said. “That was probably the best game they have played so far this year and we need them to play that way. They made some smart plays with the puck in their end of the rink and were really solid in our end when Edmonton came in. They played the type of game that we need them to win and expect then to play.”
Jordan Eberle scored the lone goal for the Oilers (11-13-5), who have lost two of their last three but still have five wins in their last seven games.
“We allowed a real good team to come in and have it easy,” said Oilers head coach Tom Renney. “We certainly need to be better.
“I’m disappointed in our compete. Vancouver is a good team but they didn’t blow the doors off of anybody here. That’s probably the most frustrating thing. We had an opportunity to beat a very good team if we had been as ready as we have been for most of this month.”
Vancouver opened the scoring just over six minutes into the first period as Daniel Sedin made a terrific pass through traffic to Burrows, who had an empty net to shoot at with Oilers starter Devan Dubnyk not able to get over in time.
The Oilers had a great chance to tie it up one minute later as Magnus Paajarvi was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a break by Andrew Alberts, but Canucks goalie Robert Luongo was able to stop his backhand attempt.
“I tried to make a move there but it was a bad penalty shot by me,” Paajarvi said. “I just took it. It didn’t work out.”
Edmonton almost caught a break early in the second period as Alberts directed a puck at his own net, but Luongo reacted in time to stop it.
The Canucks went up 2-0 six and a half minutes into the second just as a power play expired as Daniel Sedin made another terrific pass through the goal crease to give Henrik an easy tap in for his fifth of the year.
Eberle broke Luongo’s shutout bid with 4.5 seconds remaining in regulation, scoring a power-play goal with Dubnyk also on the bench for an extra attacker. It was Edmonton’s only shot of the period.
“An unfortunate set of circumstances led us to let them score like that,” Luongo said. “We played well, we dominated the other team for a big part of the game and we did what we had to do to get two points.”
The Oilers next play host to Toronto on Tuesday. The Canucks return home to play Columbus on Wednesday.
Notes: It was the second meeting of the season between the two teams. Vancouver won the first game 4-3 on the strength of Raffi Torres’first career hat trick. Torres has only scored two goals in the 17 games since…Vancouver came into the game with the league’s top-rated power play while the Oilers were 30th in penalty killing. Eight of Daniel Sedin’s team-high 16 goals for the Canucks have come on the power play…Canucks forward Mason Raymond broke his right thumb against Anaheim on Wednesday and is week to week. Defenceman Christian Ehrhoff took a puck to the head in the same game and has a concussion…The Oilers are still without forwards Ales Hemsky (groin) and captain Shawn Horcoff (knee)…Oiler defenceman Jim Vandermeer left the game with an ankle injury in the first and did not return.