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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Canucks

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers got off to a slow start against one of the leagues top teams and could never really recover. Twice Edmonton was able to cut two-goal leads in half but were unable to sustain enough pressure to push any further.

Vancouver's balanced attack ultimately proved to be too much on this night, as they went on to win this one, 5-2.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

With the Oilers getting an early second period goal to make it 2-1, Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa would restore Vancouver's two-goal lead with a bullet from the point. A loose puck would find its way back to Bieksa who beat Devan Dubnyk through a screen to make it 3-1, the Canucks would not look back en route to a 5-2 win.

45 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 21 of 47 draws.
10 The number of Vancouver Canuck players to record a point in tonight's 5-2 victory.
82 The win tonight gave Vancouver 82 points on the season, 2 points back of Detroit for first place in the Western Conference.

Daniel Sedin
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 2

Henrik Sedin
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +2 2

Magnus Paajarvi
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 4

Cory Schneider
28 26 2 59:47 .929

Nikolai Khabibulin
17 15 2 19:58 .882

  Alexander Edler- D

23:05 - 0 PTS, E rating

  Tom Gilbert- D

22:11 - 1 PTS, E rating

Vancouver struck early with a beatiful goal just 53 seconds into this one. The Canucks top-line would demonstrate some slick passing on a play that was finished off by Henrik Sedin for his 13th of the season.


Daniel Sedin was up to his usual tricks in tonight's game, leading the way offensively for Vancouver in a 5-2 win. Daniel would get things started by setting up his brother on the first goal and finished with two points (1G, 1A) to be named first star of the game.

In a game that saw the Canucks largely outplay the Edmonton Oilers, Magnus Paajarvi should signs of the talent that he displayed last year in his rookie season. Paajarvi used his speed to create some chances in tonight's game and wired home his 2nd goal of the season past Cory Schneider.

With the win tonight, the Vancouver Canucks now stretch their unbeaten streak to an impressive 11 games. The Canucks are red hot as they battle for top spot overall in the conference.

"We have to be really disappointed with the start tonight."

-- Coach Krueger on tonight's slow start against Vancouver.

Tuesday, February 21  vs. Calgary
  7:00pm MST (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers head down the road for another installment of the Battle of Alberta on Tuesday. It will be the fifth meeting of the season between the two clubs with Calgary having owned the series, 4-0. The game can be seen live in HD on Sportsnet West.

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