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Canucks edge Oilers without Tortorella, Henrik Sedin

Edmonton, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Zack Kassian scored what proved to be the game-winner 7:59 into the second period, as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Edmonton Oilers, 2-1, on Tuesday at Rexall Place.

Kellan Lain scored his first NHL goal to open the scoring in the first period, while Roberto Luongo stopped 28 shots for the Canucks, who were playing without head coach John Tortorella and star forward Henrik Sedin.

Tortorella received a 15-game suspension on Monday, two days after he was seen attempting to get into the Flames' locker room during the first intermission of a game against Calgary that featured a line brawl just two seconds into the game. Assistant coach Mike Sullivan was behind the bench in Tortorella's absence.

Meanwhile, Sedin saw his streak of 679 consecutive games played come to an end due to a rib injury that caused him to leave the Calgary contest early.

Jordan Eberle netted Edmonton's lone goal late in the third, while Ben Scrivens supplied 25 saves for the Oilers, who have lost five straight.

Lain lit the lamp 5:14 into the opening frame, pounding in a rebound off a right circle blast from Dale Weise to give Vancouver an early edge.

"Everyone was so thrilled for Kellan," Sullivan said of Lain notching his first marker. "It's been a tough couple of days."

The Canucks doubled their cushion nearly eight minutes into the middle period when Ryan Kesler won a scrum behind the Edmonton net and slid the disc to the high slot for Kassian, who ripped a wrister off the post and in to make it 2-0 at 7:59.

Eberle hammered one home amid a scrum in front of the Vancouver cage at 15:00 of the third to bring the Oilers within one, but Luongo stood tall between the pipes down the stretch to maintain the Canucks' one-goal edge.

"We were right there even with them," Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins said of his team's late charge. "I thought the game started to tilt our way in the third period."

Game Notes

Sedin hadn't missed a game since Mar. 19, 2004. His consecutive games played streak was the sixth longest in NHL history ... Vancouver has won all three games against Edmonton this season, outscoring Edmonton 12-3 ... Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play ... Eberle scored his 17th of the season.

01/22 00:58:25 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
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Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
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x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
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x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
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Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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z= clinched overall points title
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