Ales Hemsky scored in the third period to tie the score and added the shootout winner as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the host Vancouver Canucks 3-2.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Ales Hemsky scored in the third period to tie the score and added the shootout winner as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Sunday.
Sam Gagner also scored in the shootout for the Oilers, who were making their debut in the lockout-shortened season, while Devan Dubnyk stopped both Vancouver attempts.
The Canucks blew a 2-0 lead and finished two home games to start the season with one of a possible four points. They lost 7-3 to Anaheim on Saturday night.
Jordan Eberle had the other goal in regulation for Edmonton.
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Alex Edler and Zack Kassian scored for the Canucks, who were 0 for 5 on the power play.
Roberto Luongo, who was expected to be traded after being displaced as Vancouver’s starter by Cory Schneider in last spring’s playoffs, made his second straight appearance in the young season and finished with 30 saves. Dubnyk made 27 stops.
With his team trailing 2-0, Eberle got the Oilers on the board by roofing a backhand past Luongo from a sharp angle with a mere four seconds left in the second period.
Hemsky beat Luongo with a rather weak shot on a power play at 14:05 of the third.
“Both goals, I thought I could have done a better job to make a save,” Luongo told The Vancouver Sun. “They were not necessarily great plays that they made.”
Luongo mopped up when Schneider was pulled during Saturday’s debacle.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault decided to start Luongo against Edmonton in the second of back-to-back games rather than give Schneider a chance to redeem himself and perhaps restore some confidence.
“I had (the starting assignment) figured out a couple of days ago, and nothing that happened (Saturday) night changed my mind,” Vigneault said.
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