Edmonton came out strong out of the gate, outshooting Vancouver 4-0 in the opening five minutes.
6:22 into the first, Shawn Horcoff
intercepted a Canuck clearing attempt and wristed it on goal. It was tipped on its way by Raffi Torres, beating Luongo five-hole.
Edmonton had Vancouver pinned deep in their zone for about a minute midway through the period. Henrik Sedin was caught without a stick as the Oilers cycled the puck around the boards.
Joffrey Lupul came within inches of scoring to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead. He took a pass from Toby Petersen and had the puck alone in the slot. He fired a shot but Luongo was equal to the task in kicking it out.
Late in the period, Bryan Young took a hooking penalty which gave Vancouver its first power play of the night. The Canucks controlled the play for the entire two-minute duration. Edmonton attempted numerous times to get the puck out of the zone but could not. Thankfully, Dwayne Roloson was stellar in keeping it a 1-0 game.
With one second left in the penalty to Young, Fernando Pisani was sent off for holding, giving Vancouver another two-minute power play. After allowing five or six shots against on the first man advantage, the PK tightened up and did not allow a shot on the second power play.
After one period, shots on goal were 15-15.
Pisani had a great chance to double the Oilers' lead when he took a pass from Marc Pouliot while stationed in front of the net but Luongo made a great cat-like stop on the Edmonton winger.
On the next shift, Edmonton got trapped in its own end which led to a holding penalty assessed to Young.
On the ensuing power play, the two Sedins and Trevor Linden combined for a nice three-way passing play which ended with Linden one-timing a shot just out of the reach of Roloson to tie the game at 1-1.
Vancouver made it 2-1 several minutes later as Daniel Sedin picked up a rebound off the stick of his brother Henrik and slipped it inside the right post.
Edmonton had some opportunities to tie the game on a power play later in the period. Robert Nilsson and Petr Sykora both had point-blank chances to score but were denied by Roberto Luongo.
Several minutes later, Horcoff teed up a blast from the top of the left circle and Luongo just got a shoulder on it.
With five minutes to go in the period, Luongo made a tough pad save on Jacques and Stortini couldn't get a stick on the rebound before it was cleared out of harm's way.
Vancouver killed off a pair of penalties late in the period to preserve their one-goal lead heading into the intermission.
Shots after two were 31-24 in favour of Edmonton.
Luongo made a big save to keep his team in the lead six minutes into the third. The Canucks netminder flashed the leather and robbed Matt Greene with a glove stop after the Oilers defender blasted the puck from the right point.
Luongo made another glove stop off Winchester on a screened wrister from the high slot, his 35th save of the night on 36 shots.
With 15 seconds remaining, Vancouver's Brent Sopel cleared the puck over the glass and received a delay-of-game penalty. The Oilers made a last-gasp attempt to tie it up but couldn't get the puck through to the net.