Cam Talbot made 33 saves as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 Saturday night at Rogers Place.
It’s Talbot’s sixth shutout of the season, a new career high. Oilers Captain Connor McDavid praised the goalie.
“Talbot’s great, he is most nights,” said McDavid. “He stole the show, and we needed that.”
The game was scoreless until the 16:42 point of the second period. Connor McDavid took a pass from Andrej Sekera as he crossed the Canucks’ blue line down the right wing. McDavid cut into the middle and fired a shot over Richard Bachman’s glove.
The Canucks played a dogged and tight-checking game all night and have several good scoring chances in the third.
“Third period they came at us, we knew they weren’t going to sit back,” Talbot said. “We did a good job weathering the storm.”
They hit two posts and were continually turned away by Talbot. The Oilers got a late power play when Alex Edler tripped McDavid. Mark Letestu banged home a pass from Leon Draisaitl with 4:38 left. Letestu matches a career-high with his 14th goal of the season.
Draisaitl had two assists and has seven points in his last three games.
The Oilers improve to 38-24-9 on the season. They’ll end their eight-game home stand Monday night against Los Angeles. (jrw)