Without Tortorella, Canucks slip past Oilers 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2014 at 12:43 am •  Published: January 22, 2014
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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks didn't need Henrik Sedin or their head coach to hold on for a win over Edmonton on Tuesday.

Zack Kassian scored a second-period goal and the Canucks won their second in a row, defeating the struggling Oilers 2-1.

Rookie Kellan Lain also scored for the Canucks, who have won just three of their past 11 games. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for the win.

The Canucks were without leading scoring Sedin, who missed his first game in close to a decade with an injury, and John Tortorella, who started his 15-day suspension for an altercation during a game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

"I think we all have to step up," Luongo said. "It's not just one person, that's what good teams do. When there's guys out of the lineup other guys have to step up and those coming into the lineup have to play well.

"Good teams find a way to do that and (Tuesday) we played a great game."

Canucks assistant coach Mike Sullivan said his team's good start proved essential when the Oilers started to battle back in the third.

"I thought we played hard, I thought we played smart, the first two periods I thought we played real well," he said. "We were playing with fire there in the second, they have a lot of skill and their power play was really good. I thought once we killed that off to get out of the second period, the key for us was to make sure we didn't give them another opportunity."

Jordan Eberle scored for the Oilers, who have lost five in a row and 10 of their past 12.

It was also Edmonton's fourth losing streak that has gone five games or more this season.

"We could have had two or three goals on the power play, but Luongo made some really good saves," Eberle said. "I thought we played a pretty good game, we just couldn't find a way to score. I think for sure the saves he made on our power plays made the difference."

Oilers captain Andrew Ference said some progress was made, but it may have been a case of too little, too late.

"We showed some great fight at the end and good pressure and some good chances," he said. "The penalty kill was excellent tonight. It was good, but there was still that extra little bit that everybody feels was left on the table a little bit at certain points in the game."

Vancouver got on the board at 5:14 of the first as Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens allowed a big rebound on a long shot from Dale Weise. Lain was there to swat at the rebound that glanced off Scrivens' arm and in.

It was Lain's first career NHL goal in just his second game. He played only 2 seconds in Vancouver's fight-filled win over Calgary.

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