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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Canucks

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The turning point in this one came at 7:47 of the third period. With the game tied 3-3, Canucks defensemen Sami Salo scored his second goal of the night to put Vancouver ahead 4-3. It would turn out to be the winning goal as the Canucks would hold off the Oilers attack for the win.

54 The total faceoff percentage won by the Oilers in tonight's game. The Oilers would win 37 of 68 total faceoffs.
74 The faceoff percentage for Oilers captain, Shawn Horcoff. Horcoff would take a team high, 23 draws, winning 17 of them.
1 The first NHL hat-trick for Oilers rookie, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
3 The amount of NHL games in took Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to record his first hat-trick.
1st Star
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
G A P +/- Shots
3 0 3 +1 6
2nd Star
Sami Salo
G A P +/- Shots
2 1 3 +1 3
3rd Star
Chris Higgins
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +1 2

Roberto Luongo
30 27 3 60:00 .900

Devan Dubnyk
26 22 4 58:32 .846

  Alexander Edler- D

23:12 - 0P, E rating

Tom Gilbert - D

  26:15- 1P, +1 rating

With the Vancouver on the powerplay in the first period, Canucks defensemen Sami Salo would open the scoring with a cannon from the point. A scramble in front of the net saw the puck squirt to the point where Salo would catch Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk out of position, blasting a shot top corner.

The terrific start to his rookie season continues for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Playing in just his third NHL game, Nugent-Hopkins was once again the offensive leader for the Oilers. Nugent-Hopkins recorded his first ever NHL hat-trick and now leads the Oilers with four goals on the year.

Getting contributions in all areas of the game is key to any team's success. Despite the loss, tonight's game saw Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff once again lead the charge in the faceoff circle. Horcoff would win 17 of 23 draws on the night for a staggering, 74% winning percentage.

The hit of the game came early in this one courtesy of Canucks defensemen, Keith Ballard. Just inside the Vancouver zone midway through the first period, Ballard laid a booming hit on Oilers forward, Darcy Hordichuk. Hordichuck was sent head-over-feet on the play before crashing to the ice.

Oilers defensemen Ladislav Smid led the team with 3 blocked shots in tonight's contest. Smid has now led the team in blocked shots in each of the first three games this season.

" These are games we have to battle back in and win. I think we're way more well equipped to do that then we were a year ago."

- Tom Renney on the Oilers performance in a 4-3 loss to Vancouver tonight.

Monday, October 17  vs. Nashville
  7:30 p.m. MT (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers are back at Rexall Place on Monday night as they welcome the Nashville Predators to town. It will mark the second game of a short two game home stand for the Oilers on this young 2011-2012 season.

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