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Under the Scope: Canucks vs. Oilers

by Ryan Frankson / Edmonton Oilers

Led by rookies Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz, the Oilers closed out their season with a dominant 7-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night at Rexall Place. Yakupov tallied his first-career hat trick and Schultz racked up four points to lead Edmonton to victory. The Oilers close out their season with two wins by a combined score of 13-3.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

The Oilers and Canucks were knotted in a 2-2 tie in the latter stages of the third period until Justin Schultz converted on a feed from behind the net from Taylor Hall to give the home team the lead. The eventual game-winner opened the floodgates as the Oil scored four more times to win by five.

215 Seconds it took for the Oilers to score five unanswered goals late in the third period
6 Players with multi-point games for Edmonton
28 Saves for Devan Dubnyk as he finishes the season with career bests in GAA (2.57) and save percentage (.920)
50 Points for Taylor Hall this season to lead the team and put him ninth in the NHL scoring race
75 Points for Justin Schultz in 82 games combined with the Oilers and OKC Barons this year

Justin Schultz
1 3 4 0 +4

Nail Yakupov
3 0 3 0 +3

Jordan Eberle
2 0 2 0 +2

Roberto Luongo
30 37 7 59:55 0.811


Devan Dubnyk
28 30 2 60:00 0.933

Kevin Bieksa - D

21:09 - 1 PTS, -2 rating

Justin Schultz - D

21:53 - 4 PTS, +4 rating

The most impressive of Edmonton's seven goals on the night was their fifth as Justin Schultz made a nice steal in the neutral zone and fed Taylor Hall streaking down the left wing. Hall fired the puck to the slot for Jordan Eberle, who weaved his way past a couple defenders and went top shelf on Roberto Luongo.

Justin Schultz closed out a remarkable rookie season in a big way with a goal and three assists against the Canucks, including the game-winning tally. The 22-year-old finishes the campaign with 27 points, good enough for fifth on the team and a tie for fifth among all NHL rookies.

It's a tie. Jerred Smithson scored his first goal since coming to Edmonton and was an impressive 11-for-15 in the faceoff circle, while Mark Fistric was a beast for the Oilers on defence, doling out four hits and chipping in with two assists.

Talk about a strong finish! Nail Yakupov closes out the season with six goals in his last three games to overtake Montreal's Brendan Gallagher for the NHL lead in rookie goal scoring. Yakupov finishes his freshman campaign with 17 tallies.

"I love playing here and I hope next year at this time we're in the middle of a competitive playoff series."

– Taylor Hall

That's a wrap for the Oilers season as they finish 12th in the Western Conference with a 19-22-7 record and 45 points. The players will clean out their lockers and address the media for the last time this season on Sunday. Taylor Hall, Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle and Devan Dubnyk are confirmed to play for Team Canada at the upcoming 2013 World Championship, while Jeff Petry will suit up for the United States.

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