The Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers Saturday had all the earmarks of a hangover – the presidential kind.
The Canucks had clinched the league President’s Cup two nights earlier with their 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings and they all to a man said afterward that that Cup wasn’t the one they wanted to celebrate. Saturday however a little unfortunate puck luck (several goalposts) and hot Oilers’ goaltender Kevin Dubnyk’s 40-save performance added up to the hockey hangover for the league’s best overall team.
Oilers got goals from Linus Omark, Kurtis Foster, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi while only Alex Burrows, with his 25th of the season, could beat Dubnyk. The Canucks sat out rookie defenceman Chris Tanev, injured after being run into the boards face-first in the game against the Kings Thursday. Manitoba Moose call-up Yann Sauve played in Tanev’s place and was a minus-2 stat-wise Saturday night.
Canuck goalie Cory Schneider was playing in his 24th goal of the season for the locals (15 wins).
The Canucks hope to get their winning ways back Tuesday when they face the same Oilers in the Alberta capital.