Cory Schneider allowed goals on his first two shots faced and Roberto Luongo was beat twice on his first three shots against as the Edmonton Oilers road an early lead to a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night at Rexall Place.
The Oilers led 3-0 a mere 2:43 into the first period (a franchise record for fastest three goals to start a game in franchise history) and the Canucks never recovered losing for the first time in seven outings to open a two-game road trip.
Taylor Hall had three goals and Ladislav Smid rounded out the scoring for the Oilers, who are suddenly back in the Western Conference playoff hunt.
The Canucks were outshot 24-23 and were it not for Luongo, the Oilers may have set a record for goals in a game; Luongo finished with 20 saves, including 10 in the third period.
Vancouver is in San Jose Monday to face the Sharks.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Onnnn the bright side, the Easter Bunny comes tomorrow!
Tweet of the Night - "@canucksgame is the apocalypse happening? Should I retreat to a bunker of some sort?" - @WestSideZag. No, it was just a bad start, in a horrible game, but no bunkers were necessary.
This and that - Zack Kassian, who has been medically cleared to return to the Canucks line-up, missed his sixth consecutive game Saturday night; Cory Schneider set a new personal best starting his career-high seventh straight game - a win would have equaled a personal career-high win streak for him.
Costly loss - Those Minnesota Wild aren't going anywhere. Vancouver's Northwest Division rival erased a two-goal deficit Saturday night to beat the LA Kings 4-3 in a shootout to tie the Canucks for the division lead with 13 games remaining this season.
So you know... - The last time a team scored on its first three shots: Oct. 14, 2009, Dallas did it against Nashville.