Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/5/13
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Vancouer Canucks came back from a 2-0 deficit on the road to beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in overtime Monday night, securing their spot atop the Northwest Division standings. The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 lead and then hung on for dear life in the last 30 minutes of regulation. They were outshot 15-4 in the second period and didn't get its first shot of the third period until the 9:30 mark. Down to five defensemen and three centers after injuries to Marc Fistric and Shawn Horcoff, the Oilers held out as long as they could, but Kevin Bieksa finally tied it with 2:17 left in regulation and Chris Tanev won it with 19 seconds left in overtime. Taylor Hall had a chance to win it with a penalty shot in overtime for Edmonton, but Roberto Luongo stood his ground and made the save. This was the flip side of Edmonton's season opener in Vancouver, when the Oilers came back from a 2-0 hole on goals by Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky before winning it in a shootout. It was also battle of goalies as the Oilers gave Devan Dubnyk, who has posted a 1.46 GAA in his last four games, his ninth straight start. Dubnyk, who had been a backup his entire career, began the season amid concerns that he didn't have the stuff to be a legitimate No. 1 goalie on a playoff team. But he has been sensational, and was again Monday. So, too, was Luongo, making his fifth start in Vancouver's first nine games. What started as a distraction when the Canucks weren't able to move Luongo in the offseason, has now grown into complete mess now that Luongo is outplaying Cory Schneider. Hemsky opened the scoring for Edmonton when he caught Canucks winger Ales Burrows asleep at the switch and beat him to a loose puck in front of the Vancouver net. Hemsky then put a deke on Luongo for his fourth goal of the season. Ryan Smyth made it 2-0 with his first of the season, short-handed no less, eight minutes into the second period. It wasn't a thing of beauty -- he didn't get good wood on it -- but it caught Luongo going the other way and dribbled over the line in slow motion. Vancouver closed to 2-1 after 40 minutes on somewhat of a soft goal when Jannik Hansen spun out of the corner and banked the puck in off the back of Dubnyk, who was reaching forward to cut off the pass. The Oilers lost Marc Fistric to a back injury in the first period when he missed with a hip check and got nothing but boards and then Horcoff in the second period when he blocked a shot. NOTES: Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger showed he's willing to make the tough decisions. He made veteran defenseman Ryan Whitney a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. ... Captain Shawn Horcoff returned to the Oilers' lineup after missing two games with a strained neck, and teammates Ryan Jones (eye) and Ben Eager (concussion) began skating for the first time since their injuries... Canucks forward Ryan Kesler also took another step toward the lineup, practicing for the first time since offseason shoulder and wrist surgery. ... Vancouver GM Mike Gillis created a major stir by taking in a Capitals game on the weekend, so much so that he called Washington counterpart George McPhee to apologize for the subsequent firestorm of trade rumors. Gillis said he and the Caps are not working on a deal... Oilers forward Sam Gagner extended his consecutive-game point streak to nine games (3-7-10) with a first-period assist.
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