Last place Edmonton Oilers beat NHLs top team Vancouver Canucks second straight time –NHL Update

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  • Last place Edmonton Oilers beat NHLs top team Vancouver Canucks second straight time –NHL Update

It might not mean anything to the Vancouver Canucks who have already clinched the conference spot and won the Presidents’ Trophy, but it surely means a lot to the Oilers. The Oilers gained their second consecutive victory over the league leading Canucks on Tuesday shutting them out 2-0 at the sold out Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Both teams met for the second time in a row and had their final encounter on Saturday where the Oilers dominated 4-1 on Vancouver’s home turf. This was the sixth meeting between the teams during the 2010-2011 National Hockey League season ending the series 4-2 for the Canucks.

This was the second loss suffered by the Canucks after coming out of a near perfect month in which they won 13 of 15 games. Interestingly, nine of those were games played on the road.

"We've got a very veteran group that's very mature," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said when asked about his team’s loss against the lowest ranked team in the league. He added that he had full confidence in his team and knew that they would do fine in the upcoming playoffs.

Edmonton’s left winger, Ryan Jones got the first goal of the night with three seconds remaining in the first period. Jordan Eberle had taken the initial shot during the period’s only power play opportunity, but the credit was given to Jones after it bounced off his leg and into the net.

Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo rejected 20 shots off 22 attempts; he was replaced by Corey Schneider who played for only 29 seconds. Rookie Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk, made 26 perfect saves to register his second shutout of the season.

"I think we came out really well, although I don't think we played a full 60 minutes," said Magnus Paajarvi. "We had some downs in this game, but Dubnyk was strong in the net and he gave us a chance to win.

Paajarvi extended Edmonton’s lead in the final three minutes of the third period. It came after Vancouver had missed a huge opportunity to tie the score up during a power play. Over 38 minutes of penalties were given by both teams in the final 20 minutes alone.

It might not have raised Edmonton’s status in the league, but they are surely closing the season on a high note by winning twice against the top team in the league. They have three games left in regulation and can put up a tough fight for the Calgary Flames who will face them on Wednesday.

Vancouver dominates the NHL with 113 points, 8 more than the Eastern Conference’s leading team, the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers will play their second last game of the season against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

 

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