Posted October 16, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Nuge was huge for Edmonton, and it still wasn't enough. Sami Salo scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks overcame a hat trick by rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to beat the Oilers 4-3 on Saturday night. Henrik Sedin and Alexandre Burrows each added a goal for the Canucks, who improved to 2-2-1 after losing to Boston in the Stanley Cup finals last season. ''We find ways to win games,'' said Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, who stopped 23 shots. ''It's just that comfort level I think the guys have. Going into the third, no matter what the score is, we feel we can win.'' With the score tied 3-all, Salo capitalized on a turnover in the Oilers zone midway through the third period and ripped a wrist shot from the high slot under the stick-side arm of goalie Devan Dubnyk. The victory spoiled a breakout performance by the 18-year-old Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 pick in last summer's entry draft. With the Oilers down 1-0, Nugent-Hopkins took a pass from Jordan Eberle at the side...
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