Perron scores 3 to lead Oilers past Canucks 4-2
- Associated Press
- January 28, 2014 - 12:20 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — David Perron scored three goals as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Monday night.
Jesse Joensuu's goal at 2:20 of the third period made it 3-2 before Perron completed his hat trick with an empty netter with just over a minute left.
The Oilers (17-32-6) consecutive wins for the first time this season. The Canucks (27-18-9) have lost two of three.
Edmonton posted its first win in four tries against Vancouver this season.
Jordan Schroeder had two goals for Vancouver, his first since March 21, 2013.
Both teams were playing the second games of back-to-back contests against different teams. Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo played his second straight game and made 16 saves. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots for Edmonton.
Perron opened the scoring at 9:11 of the first period as he converted a 2-on-1 with Sam Gagner following a giveaway. The goal came moments after Luongo stopped Taylor Hall on a 2-on-none with Jordan Eberle.
Schroeder, playing his first game since he was sidelined Oct. 19 with a fractured ankle, drew the Canucks even two and half minutes later as his attempted pass from behind the net went in off Bryzgalov's stick. Before hurting his ankle, Schroeder sustained a broken foot in the preseason and spent the off-season rehabilitating from shoulder surgery.
He was recalled earlier Monday from a conditioning stint with the AHL's Utica Comets.
Perron put the Oilers ahead 2-1 at 17:34 of the first as he jammed in a loose puck from in front after Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis knocked it away from a driving Nail Yakupov. The goal came after yet another Canucks giveaway.
Schroeder drew the Canucks even at 2:39 of the second period as he put the puck in off Edmonton defenseman Corey Potter's skate.
Joenssu gave the Oilers a 3-2 lead at 2:20 of the third period, converting Ryan Smyth's pass from behind the net.
Luongo made a highlight-reel save with just over six minutes gone in the third. He reached behind himself with his stick and batted the puck in mid-air away from the gaping net.
With just over four minutes remaining, Bryzgalov denied Schroeder a hat trick, stopping his shot from the slot. The Edmonton goaltender then lay back on the loose puck and prevented Daniel Sedin from jamming it in as players from both teams crowded the crease.
NOTES: Winger Dale Weise, who has two points in his last three games, was scratched as a result of Schroeder's return. ... Edmonton captain Andrew Ference was sidelined with a head injury suffered Sunday against Nashville. ... Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin remained sidelined with an upper-body problem. ... The Canucks wore dark green camouflage jerseys in the warm-up in tribute to Canada's Armed Forces. ... Winger David Booth also wore a similar green camouflage baseball cap bearing a 1980s-era Canucks logo. Booth returned to the lineup after sitting out Sunday's win over Phoenix as a healthy scratch. ... Canucks coach John Tortorella missed the fourth game of his 15-day suspension for storming the Calgary Flames dressing room area Jan. 25.
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