NHL: Roberto Luongo between pipes in Canucks’ shootout loss to Oilers
DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS Canucks goalies Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo talk after Saturday’s opening night loss to the Ducks. Luongo started Sunday night against the OIlers in Vancouver’s 3-2 shootout loss.
VANCOUVER—Ales Hemsky tied the game in the third period and added the shootout winner Sunday as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2.
Sam Gagner also scored in the shootout for the Oilers, who were making their debut in the lockout-shortened season, while Devan Dubnyk stopped both Vancouver attempts.
The Canucks blew a 2-0 lead and have now suffered back-to-back losses after losing 7-3 to Anaheim at home on Saturday night.
Jordan Eberle had the other goal in regulation for Edmonton, while Alex Edler and Zack Kassian scored for Vancouver.
Roberto Luongo, who was expected to be traded after being displaced as Vancouver’s starter by Cory Schneider in last spring’s playoffs, made his second straight appearance in the young season and finished with 30 saves.
Trailing 2-0 late in the second, Eberle got the Oilers on the board by roofing a backhander past Luongo from a sharp angle with just four seconds left in the period.
Edmonton pressed for the tie in the third, with Hemsky beating Luongo on a weak shot from the wing on the power play at 14:05.
The goal came after Andrew Ebbett took a penalty for tripping Oilers rookie Nail Yakupov, who was making his NHL debut.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a chance to put the Oilers ahead with just over two and a half minutes left in the third, but he fired wide on a rush. Luongo then stopped Eberle with 1:16 left, setting the stage for the shootout.
Luongo mopped up for Schneider in Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Anaheim. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault decided to start Luongo against Edmonton in the second of back-to-back games rather than give Schneider a chance to redeem himself.
“I had (the starting assignment) figured out a couple of days ago, and nothing that happened (Saturday) night changed my mind,” Vigneault told reporters Sunday.
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