Oilers unable to overcome two-goal deficit

Mark Arcobello unsuccessfully to grab the puck as Vancouver forward Kellan Lain scores Tuesday at...

Mark Arcobello unsuccessfully to grab the puck as Vancouver forward Kellan Lain scores Tuesday at Rexalll Place. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 AM ET

EDMONTON - If the Vancouver Canucks think it’s tough playing a few games without their coach or their captain, they should try playing five months without any hope.

The Oilers showed their Pacific Division rivals what real hardship is all about Tuesday, losing for the 37th time in 52 starts to the short-staffed visitors.

The Canucks were minus Henrik Sedin, who watched his 679-game ironman streak come to an end because of a rib injury, and John Tortorella, serving the first game of his six-game suspension for his latest undisciplined and childish outburst.

Didn’t matter much, though.

Vancouver scored one in the first, one more in the second and, after Jordan Eberle cut the lead to 2-1 with five minutes to play, held on for the 2-1 decision.

Neither side came in with anything even closely resembling momentum. The Canucks had just two wins in their previous 10 games, which was actually better than the Oilers, who had two wins to show for their previous 11.


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