National Hockey League
BOXSCORE | RECAP
Vancouver 4, Edmonton 3
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 15, 2011
Where: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Dean Morton, Brad Watson
Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 16839

Sami Salo scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks spoiled rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' first career hat trick in a 4-3 win over the host Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

With the score tied and the crowd still buzzing over Nugent-Hopkins' performance, Salo and the Canucks spoiled the party with the eventual game-winner 7:47 into the third. Salo's wrist shot from point went through a crowd and slipped between Devan Dubnyk's right arm and his body.

Roberto Luongo held things down from there, stopping 27 shots to preserve his first win of the campaign.

After Salo opened the scoring 8:49 into the game, Edmonton responded less than five minutes later with its first power-play goal of the season. Eberle fed a cross-crease pass to Nugent-Hopkins, who took two whacks at the puck before sliding it past a sprawled Luongo.

The sure-handed 18-year-old was at it again with 29 seconds remaining in the period, tipping a Tom Gilbert point shot past Luongo to give the Oilers the lead.

Henrik Sedin tied things early in the second period, but Edmonton restored the two-goal lead on Nugent-Hopkins' third of the night at 16:37. With three Oilers on the edge of the crease in a mad scramble, Nugent-Hopkins swatted a trickling puck past a fallen Luongo.

Vancouver evened the score with 16 seconds remaining in the period after Daniel Sedin's centering pass deflected off Burrows' stick and in.
Top Game Performances
 
Vancouver   Edmonton
Sami Salo 3 Points Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 3
Sami Salo 2 Goals Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 3
Chris Higgins 2 Assists Jordan Eberle 2
Sami Salo 1 Power Play Goals Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Roberto Luongo .900 Save Percentage Devan Dubnyk .846
Roberto Luongo 27 Saves Devan Dubnyk 22
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vancouver 26 4 2-3 3-5 20 31
Edmonton 30 3 2-5 1-3 16 37
Upcoming Games
  • Edmonton will play their next game at home against Nashville. The Oilers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Vancouver will play their next game at home against NY Rangers. The Canucks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .667 after a loss.