What's buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Oilers 7, Canucks 2

The SportsXchange

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Since storming into the playoffs in first place overall didn't work, the Vancouver Canucks are going to try flying in under the radar.

Not that they have much say in the matter.

After back-to-back President's Trophy seasons, in which they couldn't follow up their regular-season title with a Stanley Cup, the Canucks are nobody's favorite this season.

They're third in the Western Conference standings at 26-15-7 after a season-ending 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night and rank behind Los Angeles and St. Louis in most betting circles.

Fine with them, given how the last two years turned out.

This has been anything but a typical year for the Canucks. They finished 18 points out of first place in the West, struggled with injuries, had to deal with a season-long goaltending controversy and battled just to make the playoffs.

While it's been a much rougher ride than they're accustomed to, they are convinced they'll be better for having faced the adversity.

Vancouver's goal Saturday night was to stay healthy, which is why they sat out a handful of key players and used a few others sparingly. No sense risking anything against Edmonton.

The Canucks scored the only goal of the first period and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a power-play goal from Derek Roy. But they looked a lot like a team that was just trying to get the season over with.

That opened the door for the Oilers, who came to life in the final 40 minutes, with Nail Yakupov producing a hat trick, Jordan Eberle scoring twice and defenseman Justin Schultz adding a goal and two assists as Edmonton took a 7-2 lead late in the third.

The Oilers missed the playoffs for the seventh year in a row and the ninth time in the last 12 years. They had high hopes for this season but were left with no choice but to strip the team down once again.

Edmonton finished 12th in the Western Conference, just two spots ahead of where they ended up last year. In the last seven years, the Oilers have finished 24th, 29th, 30th, 30th, 21st, 19th and 25th overall.

NOTES: The Canucks, in resting up for the playoffs, sat out Dan Hamhuis, Jason Garrison, Alex Burrows, Daniel Sedin and Alex Edler. Goalie Cory Schneider sat out another game with an undisclosed injury. ... Henrik Sedin played one shift to keep his 629-game ironman streak going and left the game. ... Vancouver's Ryan Kesler took a puck in the mouth four shifts into the first period and left the game. ... Vancouver won the Northwest Division title for the fifth consecutive year. ... Oilers defensemen Jeff Petry (USA) and Justin Schultz (Canada) have accepted invitations to play for their countries at the World Championships. ... With 48 points in 45 games, left winger Taylor Hall is the first Oiler to register a point-per-game for the season since Doug Weight in 2001.
Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
View Comments (1)

Recommended for You

  • WARNING: Graphic photos of Giancarlo Stanton's face

    WARNING: Graphic photos of Giancarlo Stanton's face   Giancarlo Stanton showed his face Tuesday, and it looked a lot better than it did Thursday after an errant pitch struck him there. Even though the"before" photo is pretty disturbing, the "after" pic

    Big League Stew
  • Lexi Thompson's newest photo shoot will catch your attention

    Lexi Thompson first entered the public consciousness at 12 years old when she qualified for the U.S. Now at 19, Thompson has set LPGA records as their youngest champion (since eclipsed by Lydia Ko) and won a major championship. Thompson dons a bikini in what would probably be considered in golf…

    Devil Ball Golf
  • WWE vs. NFL: The Monday night war that isn't

    Last night's episode of Monday Night RAW played out like a game of RISK. There is no such thing as competition with the NFL because, well, when you have just 16 games per year, not including playoffs, each one of them is a big deal. Especially on Monday night, when most pigskin patrons don't have…

    SB Nation
  • RG3 forced to turn religious T-shirt inside out, Christians get mad at gays.

    Robert Griffin III's T-shirt was a violation of NFL rules. It also told non-Christians that they have no peace in their lives. Robert Griffin III, the now-former Washington quarterback, was about to wear a Christian T-shirt at a post-game press conference until the NFL said...ummmm, no. RG3's shirt…

    SB Nation
  • View

    'Hawaii Five-0' Season 5 Premiere Screening (19 photos)

    'Hawaii Five-0' Season 5 Premiere ScreeningThousands of Oahu residents and visitors flocked Queen's Surf Beach in Waikiki Saturday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Honolulu. They gathered in Waikiki to watch the season five premiere of "Hawaii Five-0." Grace Park

    Yahoo TV
  • Vikings message board shuts down, disgusted by both team and fans

    VikingsMessageBoard.com, a longtime board devoted to discussion of the Minnesota Vikings, has shut down forever because of its owners' disgust with the burgeoning Adrian Peterson scandal. Sure, there's Peterson himself, indicted on charges of child abuse. Vikings Message Board has been shut down…

    Shutdown Corner
    Sun, Sep 14
    New England30 - 7Minnesota
    Game Recap
  • Phil Simms deconstructed: Why Broncos fans want him banned

    Do Denver Broncos fans have merit in petitioning to ban Phil Simms from Broncos broadcasts? Let's break down some of Phill Simms' questionable commentary from Denver's 24-17 win over the Chiefs, in chronological order. The most egregious comment from CBS color commentator Phil Simms Sunday came…

    SB Nation
    Sun, Sep 14
    Kansas City17 - 24Denver
    Game Recap
  • Mario Chalmers offers words of wisdom for LeBron James' new supporting cast

    It's not surprising to hear Mario Chalmers tell Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick, "We all just took too much of a back seat in the Finals," since the San Antonio Spurs undressed everyone not named LeBron James and Chris Bosh in their five-game dismantling of the Miami Heat this past June. Only…

    Ball Don't Lie
  • French Tennis Player Hits A Ridiculous Between-The-Legs Shot During Davis Cup Match

    Gael Monfils has a well-earned reputation as one of the most exciting players in tennis today and he unleashed yet another jaw-dropping shot during France's Davis Cup win over the Czech Republic. France had already clinched their semifinals match-up when Monfils took the court to face Lukas Rosol.

    Business Insider
  • Jameis Winston allegedly shouted an obscene phrase in the FSU student union

    For nearly a year, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has been exhaustive telling everyone who would listen — and that's a lot of us — that quarterback Jameis Winston is a really mature guy. The Heisman Trophy winner’s latest act of immaturity came Tuesday when he reportedly stood up on a table in…

    Dr. Saturday
  • Arkansas State player pretends to die during bad fake punt attempt at Miami (GIF)

    In the second quarter of the Red Wolves' loss to Miami on Saturday, Arkansas State went for a fake punt. Not only did the play not get the desired result, but Arkansas State's Booker Mays pretended to die in an attempt to fake out the defender in front of him.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Play

    Knile Davis needs to fly off of the waiver wire

    Rotoworld: Adam Levitan joins Jenna Corrado to discuss the key pickups that need to be made off of the waiver wire heading into Week 3. On the top of Levitan's list is Chiefs' RB Knile Davis, who would get the start if Jamaal Charles can't go.

    NBC Sports
  • Colts Coaches Cost the Team a Win

    The Colts coaching staff cost the Colts a win tonight. Chuck, you can talk all you want about how that's a game you just needed to win.  You can talk all you want about how your team needs to be better.  You can talk all you want about how your team didn't play a 60-minute ballgame.  You can talk…

    SB Nation
  • Floyd Mayweather: Marcos Maidana needs to move over to MMA with the rest of the dirty fighters

    Floyd Mayweather: Marcos Maidana needs to move over to MMA with the rest of the dirty fighters Marcos Maidana might want to work on his takedown defense, as he could have a long and prosperous career in mixed martial arts (MMA). That's according

    SB Nation
  • Ray Rice drawing interest from NFL teams

    Recently waived Ravens running back has reportedly drawn interest from a few NFL teams Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole mentioned that a few NFL teams are keeping their eyes out for recently waived Ravens running back Ray Rice.  With Rice looking to appeal his indefinite suspension, he could…

    SB Nation
  • Dwight Howard has license suspended for running red lights, being dumb

    Rockets center Dwight Howard may play in Houston now, but he is still paying for his years in Orlando, getting his license suspended for failing to pay his red light tickets in Orlando. In a more lighthearted twist, Rockets center has gotten his license suspended for his failure to pay a red light…

    SB Nation
  • Jalen Rose says Chris Webber needs to apologize over Michigan bad blood

    There's a lot of bad blood between Chris Webber and the other members of the "Fab Five," his super-recruit college teammates at Michigan. There are several complicated elements, but it reached the point where Webber didn't even speak to Rose when he saw him during the NBA Finals, and Rose has…

    CBS Sports
  • Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

    Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart The decision whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York will be up to a grand jury. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Tuesday he made…

    Associated Press