EDMONTON - Dwayne Roloson stopped 23 shots to record his first shutout of the season as the Edmonton Oilers finally put together a solid effort at home, knocking off the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Saturday night.
Dustin Penner, Ales Hemsky and Robert Nilsson scored for the Oilers (14-12-2) who have won four of their last five and improved to .500 at home with a 4-4-2 record at Rexall Place.
The Canucks (16-11-3) finished off their season high seven-game road trip with a 2-4-1 record.
Edmonton got off to a flying start in the contest with a goal just 49 seconds in as Penner sent a hopeful backhand shot on net that Vancouver starter Curtis Sanford likely wishes he could have back.
The Oilers had a good opportunity to extend their lead midway through the first with an extended five-on-three man advantage but the Canucks penalty killers proved up to the task. Edmonton had nine first period shots to only four on Roloson by Vancouver.
About a minute after Shawn Horcoff saw what should have been a sure goal clang off the post, Edmonton took a two-goal lead. With 1:33 left to go in the middle frame and the teams playing four-on-four, Hemsky led a three-on-one rush into the Canucks end and opted to shoot it himself, wiring a shot glove-side past Sanford.
Vancouver suffered a bit of a scare on the final play of the second as a Sheldon Souray bullet struck Kevin Bieksa on the cheek. Bieksa was slow to get up but did return for the third.
Edmonton went ahead by three goals 2:21 into the third after catching a major break. Roloson was out of position after misplaying the puck behind the net and coughing it up to Ryan Kessler. But Kessler's attempt to send the puck to the point instead gave Nilsson a clean breakaway and he made the most of it, deftly flicking it past Sanford.
The Canucks return home to face the surging Florida Panthers on Sunday while Edmonton is idle until Tuesday when the Chicago Blackhawks visit.
Notes: Edmonton forward Robert Nilsson returned to the lineup after four games lost to a shoulder injury. Also coming down from the press box for the game were Jason Strudwick and Zack Stortini. Liam Reddox and Rob Schremp were healthy scratches. ... Canucks defenceman Sami Salo appears to be close to returning but was still unable to suit up for Saturday's game. Rob Davison took his place. ... Daniel Sedin and Kevin Bieksa were held off the scoresheet, ending both of their point streaks at five games. ... The Oilers and Canucks will get awfully used to seeing each other in the next couple weeks. Saturday's match-up was one of three games between the two teams in a 13-day span.