VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Canucks lack of success at home this season was a major reason why they will finish near the bottom of the NHL standings. Mark Letestu and Iiro Pakarinen scored third period goals leading the Oilers to a 3-2 win at Rogers Arena.
Vancouver’s last home win came on February 18th against Calgary and it finished with a record of 18-17-3 on home ice.
Captain Henrik Sedin believes a lack of goal scoring cost them yet again “We haven’t scored enough and tonight that was it again. That’s on me & Danny and that’s why we’ve lost a lot of games this year”
The math is simple for the Canucks, who sit in 29th going into their final game of the season. Lose in regulation in their finale against the Oilers, and they will have the second best odds to win the draft lottery.
It was scoreless after one period, but the Oilers struck quickly to open the scoring in the second. Just 1:01 Jordan Eberle’s wrist shot deflected off Troy Stecher’s stick and fooled Ryan Miller high blocker side.
The struggling Canucks power play finally capitalized late in the period. Henrik gave a beautiful pass to Brock Boeser on the doorstep and the rookie buried his fourth of the season.
Edmonton took control in the third. Letestu and Pakarinen scored less than seven minutes apart to give the Oilers a two goal lead.
Alex Edler brought the Canucks back within one with 40 seconds left in the third.
Miller made 32 saves in the loss.
Before the game, the Canucks handed out their team awards which are voted on by the fans:
Bo Horvat was named both most valuable and most exciting player. Stecher won best defenceman. Miller received the three stars award and Markus Granlund was voted unsung hero.