Milan Lucic had a goal and an assist and Cam Talbot made 26 saves as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Canucks 2-0 Friday night in Vancouver.
Lucic calls it a huge win.
“Regardless of our record we talk about being a better road team coming into this season. We know they’ve been playing real well defensively. It was a hard fought win. Their goalie’s been playing great, both of them, played great again tonight. On our end, that was another big win. Our defense played great, we played great as a five man unit defensively and I think that’s what gave us the win.”
As for his performance, “you’ve got to step up and make plays in key moments and when you’re up a goal you know the other team is going to press, and bring their best. That’s when you’ve got to make good strong plays and try to get it into the o-zone and keep the other team in the d-zone.”
Connor McDavid bagged the game-winner at 11:31 of the second period, taking a pass from Lucic and streaking in alone on Ryan Miller. Miller got a piece of the shot, but the puck squirmed through him and over the line.
Lucic added an empty net goal with 1:20 left in the third.
Talbot now has two shutouts on the season and has allowed only one goal in the last three games.
“We were able to close it out like we needed to in the third period, it was a great team win tonight.”
The Oilers have five in a row and are 7-1 for the first time since the fall of 1985. Their next game is at home versus Ottawa on Sunday night. (jrw)