Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo made his fourth consecutive start and his team avenged their loss from the second game of the shortened season.
The first five minutes of game was dominated by the Canucks, but it was Oilers winger Ales Hemsky who would open the scoring with a beautiful move in close on Luongo. Oilers’ first overall pick Nail Yakupov flipped the puck into the slot behind the Canucks defence for Hemsky, who swiftly beat Luongo with a deke to the backhand.
The second period started the same as the first with the Canucks outpacing the Oilers. Oilers winger Jordan Eberle was called for holding 1:15 into the period to send the Canucks to the power play. However, it was the Oilers that would convert with Eberle in the sin bin. Ryan Smyth put the Oilers up 2-0 after some sloppy puck movement in the Canucks zone by defencemen Alexander Edler and Kevin Bieksa.
Later in the frame, Jannik Hansen would score to make it a 2-1 game after some hard work by rookie Jordan Schroeder behind the net to win a puck battle against the much larger Corey Potter. In the third peroid, defenceman Kevin Bieksa completed the comeback with just under three minutes left to play to send the game to extra time.
Shortly thereafter, Chris Tanev would score his first National Hockey League goal to lead his team past the Oilers. Canucks defenceman Keith Ballard managed to hold the puck in at the blueline and kick it to Daniel Sedin. Daniel and Henrik Sedin would do a give-and-go before sending the puck over to a wide open Tanev skating in from the blueline.
Luongo was stellar in the his fourth straight start and the Canucks have earned points in all the games he has started. The team is now 5-2-2 on the season and without him, the Canucks could be at the bottom of the standings instead of surging up.