Jeff Passan:

Canucks 6, Oilers 2

The SportsXchange

VANCOUVER -- Daniel Sedin scored a goal and added an assist, and his twin brother Henrik furnished three helpers as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 Saturday night.

The Canucks (1-1) posted a win in their home opener while keeping the Oilers winless after two games in the young season.

Brad Richardson, Dan Hamhuis, Jannik Hansen, with the goal that proved to be the winner, Ryan Kesler and Jason Garrison also scored for the Canucks, who enjoyed a 44-23 edge in shots.

Jeff Petry and Boyd Gordon tallied for the Oilers.

The Canucks converted 1 of 6 power plays while the Oilers were blanked on two.

Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo, known for slow starts to the season, picked up the win. Edmonton starting goaltender Devan Dubnyk bore the loss while playing just over half the game before being pulled.

The game got off to a testy start as Hansen and Edmonton defenseman Brad Ference tussled in the corner before a face-off and drew roughing penalties just 1:02 into the first period. With the teams playing four on four, Petry put in Edmonton's first shot of the game.

But the Canucks replied with Richardson's marker on a shorthanded breakaway just 44 seconds later.

Vancouver dominated play for the rest of the first period, but Dubnyk was unbeatable until the final two minutes. Hamhuis, on a shot that Dubnyk misplayed, and Hansen scored 18 second apart to put the Canucks ahead 3-1 by the 18:45 mark.

Hansen's goal came while playing on Vancouver's top line with the Sedins, who both assisted on the goal. Alex Burrows' foot injury created an opening for Hansen.

The Canucks outshot the Oilers 22-8 in the first period.

Daniel Sedin extended Vancouver's lead to 4-1 on a power play at 7:21 of the second period as he put in a nifty backhand pass from his twin brother.

Kesler's goal at 13:56 of the middle frame, with the teams playing four on four with Hansen in the penalty box again for another scuffle, this time with David Peron, spelled the end of Dubnyk's night. The Edmonton starting goaltender finished with 26 saves on 31 shots.

Jason LaBarbera, a former Canuck, replaced Dubnyk and the move provided a spark. Less than two minutes later, Gordon reduced the Oilers' deficit to 5-2 on a two-on-one with Ales Hemsky.

Garrison closed out the scoring at 18:15 of the third as he rimmed the puck around the end boards and the disc curled all the way into an open net with LaBarbera pulled for an extra attacker. The goal was Vancouver's second shorthanded marker of the game.

NOTES: The Canucks lost Burrows for at least two weeks. He was hurt while blocking a shot in their season opener Thursday in San Jose. Burrows was spotted wearing a walking boot Saturday. ... The Canucks do not plan to call anyone up from the minors to fill Burrows' roster spot. ... Canucks RW Zack Kassian served the second of a five-game suspension for a reckless high stick on Oilers C Sam Gagner during the pre-season. Gagner remains out with a broken jaw. ... The game marked the third time in 43 seasons the Canucks have played a home opener against Edmonton. The last one was in 1992. ... Edmonton C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, recuperating from shoulder surgery that he underwent in April, is slated to play his first game Monday against New Jersey.
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