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Nolan helps Canucks edge Oilers 2-1

Friday, 09.23.2011 / 12:23 AM

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Nolan helps Canucks edge Oilers 2-1
Vancouver Canucks 2, Edmonton Oilers 1
Owen Nolan has an uphill task as he tries to earn a spot with the defending President's Trophy winners. Thursday night's performance can't hurt.

Nolan, a 39-year-old who played in Switzerland last season, had a power-play goal as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 at Rexall Place.

Nolan finished off a three-way passing play by beating Devan Dubnyk 12:42 into the game.

"I'm still getting back to the timing and the pace here but I definitely feel that I can keep up," said the 39-year-old, who had 26 points in 24 games with Zurich last winter after spending the previous two seasons with the Minnesota Wild. "I have to earn it. I know there are spots, but they are not just going to give me one. I'm trying to work hard and show what I've got."

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault was pleased with what he saw from Nolan.

"The first thing you see is the professionalism he brings every day to the rink," he said. "He knows the game and goes out there and is quick to help out the younger guys. It's just a matter of whether or not he can keep up with the pace. The hands are still there. It's the beginning of camp, but I am very happy with what I have seen so far. There are some spots available right now."

Mike Duco's shorthanded goal at 19:07 of the second period made it 2-0 and proved to be the winner when Jordan Eberle scored a power-play goal 17 seconds later. It was the only goal for the Oilers, who iced a lineup that was about two-thirds of what figures to be their regular-season lineup. The Canucks' lineup was mostly minor-leaguers and veterans on tryout contracts.

"We weren't very inspired in the first half of the game," Oilers coach Tom Renney said. "That was a tough lineup to coach against. But I thought we found our legs a little bit better in the second half of the second and were pretty good in the third. Playing how I think we have to, to have some success."

Duco's goal came when he knocked his own rebound through Yann Danis' legs on a 2-on-1 break. No. 1 draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins set up the Oilers' goal when he chipped the puck to Eberle, who beat Manny Legace with a backhander.

"It's not rocket science when it comes to scoring," Renney said. "You have to get to the hard places, and we didn't do that enough."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report
scoring summary
1st Period
12:42
VAN
PPG - Owen Nolan (1) Tip-in - ASST: Mark Mancari (1), Andrew Ebbett (1)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
19:07
VAN
SHG - Mike Duco (1) Snap shot - ASST: Alexander Sulzer (1)
2 - 0 VAN
19:24
EDM
PPG - Jordan Eberle (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1), Tom Gilbert (1)
2 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
00:52
EDM
Theo Peckham  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Aaron Volpatti
00:52
VAN
Aaron Volpatti  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Theo Peckham
03:07
EDM
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Todd Fedoruk
03:07
VAN
Todd Fedoruk  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Darcy Hordichuk
10:17
EDM
Alex Plante  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steven Pinizzotto
10:17
VAN
Steven Pinizzotto  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Alex Plante
10:36
EDM
Taylor Hall  Tripping  - 2 min against  Cody Hodgson
11:26
EDM
Tom Gilbert  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Owen Nolan
14:46
EDM
Jeff Petry  Holding  - 2 min against  Victor Oreskovich
18:55
VAN
Alexander Sulzer  Holding  - 2 min against  Magnus Paajarvi
19:52
EDM
Theo Peckham  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min against  Mike Duco
19:52
VAN
Mike Duco served by Jordan Schroeder  Roughing  - 2 min against  Theo Peckham
19:52
VAN
Mike Duco  Roughing  - 2 min against  Theo Peckham
19:52
EDM
Ryan Smyth  Roughing  - 2 min against  Mike Duco
2nd Period
08:25
EDM
Tanner House  Holding  - 2 min against  Alexander Sulzer
11:34
VAN
Antoine Roussel  Hooking  - 2 min against  Magnus Paajarvi
18:16
VAN
Todd Fedoruk  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min
3rd Period
03:00
VAN
Todd Fedoruk  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Darcy Hordichuk
03:00
EDM
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Todd Fedoruk
03:00
EDM
Darcy Hordichuk served by Linus Omark  Slashing  - 2 min against  Todd Fedoruk
15:29
VAN
Ryan Parent  Roughing  - 2 min against  Linus Omark
goalie stats
Eddie Lack
SA: 10TOI: 31:31
GA: 0SV%: 1.000
Manny Legace
SA: 12TOI: 28:26
GA: 1SV%: .917
Yann Danis
SA: 8TOI: 27:32
GA: 1SV%: .875
Devan Dubnyk
SA: 19TOI: 31:34
GA: 1SV%: .947