James C Edgington
January 21 2010 12:23PM
A win for Vancouver, in this game was for most people, going to be a somewhat easy affair. Although the Canucks won in overtime Edmonton made sure that Vancouver would have to earn it the hard way. The Oilers were certainly the most dominant of the two teams in the first and second periods, especially when playing five on five. Sam Gagner was the first skater to get points on the board.
The Oilers started the middle frame with their second goal just two minutes into the period. Marc Pouliot won the battle for the puck that saw the teams deep in the Canucks offensive zone; Pouliot passed the puck back to Souray who fired the puck past an unsuspecting Luongo. The Oilers were by far the better team in the period. If it hadn’t been for Luongo’s skill and determination, players like O’Sullivan and Gagner could have extended the Oilers lead.
During the final period Vancouver took more control of the game but failed to equalize until late in the third when they were on a four on three power play advantage. With help from the twins, Sami Salo skated from the point and blasted the puck past Dubnyk taking the game to overtime.
From the start of the extra frame the Oilers once again found themselves killing a three on four penalty. The Canucks quickly took advantage of that fact and sealed the win when Henrik Sedin made an excellent pass to his brother Daniel who was open in front of the Edmonton goal, the Canucks sniper tapped the puck into the net for the 3-2 win.
Vancouver’s next opponent will be the Dallas Stars who are currently sat in tenth place with forty-nine points. The Stars have won each of their last two games. The Most recent win came against the Wild on Monday where the Stars won 3-4 at home. If Vancouver is victorious against the Stars they will narrow the gap between them and Colorado. Vancouver has sixty points the Avalanche have sixty-two.