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IN GAME BLOG: Oilers at Canucks

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers
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The Edmonton Oilers play their second game of the regular season tonight -- and first road game -- against the Vancouver Canucks.

Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:

Smyth - Hall - Hemsky
Joensuu - Gordon - Eberle
Perron - Arcobello - Yakupov
Gazdic - Acton - Brown

Ference - J.Schultz
Smid - Petry
N.Schultz - Belov



20:00: The puck has dropped for tonight's game.

18:58: As expected, the Canucks looking to establish physicality early tonight. Andrew Ference and Jannik Hansen to the box for roughing.

18:02: Jeff Petry scores his first goal of the season. David Perron frees Petry up the boards on the right wing and the defenceman, diving on his stomach slides the puck past Luongo! EDM 1, VAN 0

16:18: The Canucks score shorthanded on the breakaway to tie it up. Brad Richardson breaks in on Devan Dubnyk and goes forehand, backhand, forehand and gives a shoulder fake and scores. Pretty goal for the Canucks and it's a tied game. |  EDM 1, VAN 1

04:36: Under five minutes to play and the Canucks are dominating the shot count 18-6.

01:33: Dan Hamhuis scores his first of the season as he takes the puck off the draw and fires shortside from the point over the blocker of Dubnyk. EDM1, VAN 2

01:15: Canucks continue to cruise late in the first period. Oilers turnover the puck in their own zone and a tic-tac-toe play gives Vancouver a two goal lead. EDM 1, VAN 3

00:41: Fireworks! Acton drops the gloves with Kesler. After the play, more shoving and Mike Brown lands some fists on a Canuck.

00:00: That escalated quickly. The Oilers trail in shots 22-8 after 20 minutes and some angry hockey players push and shove eachother at the end of the opening period. EDM 1, VAN 3


20:00: Puck drops and period two is underway.

18:00: The Oilers kill the penalty from the end of the first period and we are even strength.

12:39: Daniel Sedin scores on a pretty power play set up and the Canucks offensive attack continues to flourish. EDM 1, VAN 4

07:03: Mark Arcobello with a great chance but the shot is swallowed up by Luongo.

06:04: Puck breaks up out of the corner in the Oilers zone and Kesler shoots the puck for Vancouver from inside the point and it goes past a screened Dubnyk. LaBarbera comes in for Dubnyk in net. | EDM 1, VAN 5

04:37: Ales Hemsky perfectly sets up Boyd Gordon in the slot and Oilers score! | EDM 2, VAN 5

00:00: Shots are 34-15 in favour of the Canucks after two periods. | EDM 2, VAN 5


20:00:  The third period is underway as the Oilers attempt to mount a comeback.

16:21:  Luke Gazdic drops the gloves with Sestito a good scrap for the Oilers enforcer after a big hit.

12:00:  Oilers running out of time for a comeback, still trailing 5-2 in the third period.

09:57:  LaBarbera makes a sprawling save to keep it a three-goal game.

08:44:  Lots of opportunities for the Oilers as Schultz hits the post and Arcobello misfires on a wide open one-timer. Oilers can't connect.

05:06:  Canucks aggressive play continues late in the game with a three-goal lead. No sitting back for the home team.

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