The Vancouver Canucks notched their first win of the 2013-14 season on Saturday night at Rogers Arena, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 6-2. Henrik Sedin had a strong night with three assists, while five different Canucks scored their first goal of the season. Jason Garrison scored his second goal of the year to top off the night.
The Canucks came out shooting in the opening period, unleashing for 22 shots on goal. While scoring in the opener seemed hard to come by, Vancouver had no such problem finding the back of the net to start the game. The Oilers drew first blood with a goal from Jeff Petry just two minutes in, but the Canucks answered right back with a breakaway goal while shorthanded from Brad Richardson as he beat Devan Dubnyk one-on-one to tie up the game.
With the period winding down, Dan Hamhuis fired a blistering slap shot off the face-off to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead. Vancouver wasted no time extending their lead with another goal just 18 seconds later from Jannik Hansen set up by quick passing from Henrik and Daniel Sedin, earning an A+ for execution. Vancouver led 3-1 after 20 minutes.
The magic from the Sedins continued into the second period when Henrik executed a perfect behind-the-back pass during a Vancouver power play to his twin, as Daniel found the back of the next to extend Vancouver's lead to 4-1. The goal was Daniel's first of the year, and the assist marked the fourth for Henrik in just the fifth period of the season.
Then, at 13:56, Ryan Kesler used the open ice during a 4-on-4 to position himself for his first goal of the season as the Canucks' lead grew to four goals. The goal sent Drubnyk to the bench after a rough start to the night, allowing five goals on 31 shots for a save percentage of just .839. The Oilers would send in Jason LaBarbera to finish off the night. LaBarbera, who played in nine games for the Canucks during the 2008-09 season, stopped all 12 shots he faced.
A goal from Boyd Gordon at 15:23 off an odd man rush brought the Oilers back to within three goals heading into the final period.
Jason Garrison would add one final goal late in the third period at 18:15 with one of the cooler empty net goals we've seen in a long time. Garrison dumped the puck all the way along the boards from one end of the ice to the other, which wound up taking a home team bounce, finding itself in the back of the net to put the icing on the cake.
The Canucks put plenty of pressure on net all night, outshooting the Oilers 44-23. Half of those shots came in the first 20 minutes alone, setting the tone for the rest of the night.
The Canucks are back at it tomorrow when they head to Alberta to take on the Calgary Flames. Vancouver will look to continue their success from 2013 when they won four of their five match-ups against Calgary last season. The puck will drop at 5:00 pm.