VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Sami Salo was just trying to
make a safe play and ended up scoring the go-ahead goal instead.
Starting at the right point, the Vancouver defenseman skated the
puck all the way down behind the Oilers' net and out the other
side. As he retreated backward to the left point, Salo snapped a
wrist shot through the legs of Oilers defenseman Jason Smith and
past Dwayne Roloson.
"When I came around I just looked for open guys but it's the
last minute of the period so you don't want to force anything so I
just threw it at the net and it seemed to have eyes," Salo said.
Taylor Pyatt also scored and Roberto Luongo made 17 saves to
help the Canucks make up for a disappointing home opener on Friday,
a 6-4 loss to San Jose that captain Markus Naslund labeled the
worst effort of a young season.
The Canucks were much better against the Oilers, particularly in
their own end. After giving up 37 shots and two breakaway goals to
the Sharks, Vancouver clamped down on a skilled group of Oilers
forwards that had already staged three come-from-behind wins this
Edmonton only managed five shots in the third period and
Luongo's only tough save came on a Brad Winchester deflection.
"It was getting lonely back there," Luongo said. "The guys
did a great job. They didn't get much."
Roloson made 35 saves and Raffi Torres scored for the Oilers,
who play their Northwest Division rivals again in Edmonton on
"We didn't do enough tonight," Roloson said. "We turned the
puck over in critical areas and we all know that. That's why we
play 82 games, but we've got tomorrow to come back and get a win."
Roloson, who stopped 39 shots for his 100th career win in
Colorado on Saturday, was sharp early as the Canucks outshot the
Oilers 17-7 in the first period and 29-13 through 40 minutes. He
robbed Salo on a one-timer 6 minutes in, and Ryan Kesler on a
rebound late in the first, but didn't have much of a chance on the
"I saw it all the way, but it takes a bounce, whether it was
off their guy or our guy standing in front, and it ended up going
short side," Roloson said.
Edmonton jumped in front 2 minutes into the second when Luongo
steered Marc-Andre Bergeron's shot off the left wing to Torres on
the other side.
Pyatt tied it 6 minutes later on a similar play, knocking a
rebound into an unguarded net before Roloson could recover from
Kevin Bieksa's long shot.
Canucks backup G Dany Sabourin, acquired off waivers from
Pittsburgh on the eve of the regular season, will play his first
game in Edmonton on Tuesday. ... Salo's return forced rookie D Luc
Bourdon back into the press box as a healthy scratch after he was
minus-2 in just 4:41 of ice time against San Jose. ... Torres had
seven goals in eight games against Vancouver last season. ... The
Oilers are rewarding their best player each game with the 'ugly
coat,' a long, leather jacket with a thick fur collar given out in
the spirit of Calgary's hardhat award two seasons ago.