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Oilers whitewash Canucks 4-0

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Vancouver carried most of the play early on thanks to a couple of Oilers penalties in the opening five minutes. First, Horcoff was sent off for holding the stick and then Pouliot was sent off for tripping.

Shots on goal through the first eight minutes were 5-0 Canucks but Edmonton got a power play chance after Tyler Bouck took two minutes for holding and had a chance to take the momentum away.

They did just that, leading to the game's first goal. Petr Sykora threw the puck over to Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff's shot went off Willie Mitchell in the slot and bounced past a stunned Roberto Luongo.

Tyler Bouck and Jean-Francois Jacques dropped the gloves with six minutes left as bad blood started to emerge between the two rivals.

Henrik Sedin almost tied the game late in the first with Roloson down and out of position. Sedin swept at the puck and it went across the crease under Roloson but didn't cross the line.

Shots on goal after one were 11-4 for Vancouver.

58 seconds into the second period, Daniel Tjarnqvist blasted a shot from the point that made its way through a maze of legs before beating Luongo five-hole.

34 seconds later, Lupul ripped a shot from the left circle past Luongo to increase the Oilers' lead to 3-0.

The Canucks looked to get their first goal of the night midway through the second. Dwayne Roloson was knocked out of the play by Henrik Sedin just as his brother Daniel put the puck in the net but the goal was waived off and Henrik was sent off for goaltender interference.

After two periods, shots on goal were 30-14 in favour of the Canucks.

The third period started off slow with neither team getting a shot through the first four minutes. The first shot of the period went to the Oilers and Raffi Torres made it count.

Jarret Stoll fed the puck over to Torres and he made no mistake, snapping it past Luongo from the left circle to make it a 4-0 game.

Vancouver's Alexander Burrows looked to spoil Roloson's shutout bid when he picked up the puck and wrapped it around the right post. However, it was not conclusive whether the puck crossed the goal line. After a lengthy video review, it was ruled no goal.

Late in the game, Kevin Bieksa dropped the gloves with Jean-Francois Jacques. Bieksa won the fight handily, giving the home fans something to cheer about in the final few minutes.

NOTES: Canucks defenceman Sami Salo left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return... Dwayne Roloson's shutout was the 20th of his career.
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