Talbot stops 40 shots, Oilers top Canucks 2-0
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Cam Talbot made 40 saves for his third shutout of the season, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.
Jordan Eberle and Matt Hendricks scored for the Oilers, who have won two in a row and seven of their last 11. Talbot has 11 career shutouts.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Canucks, who have lost three in a row.
It appeared Vancouver might have gotten a goal five minutes into the second period as a puck slipped under Talbot while defenseman Darnell Nurse and the Canucks' Brendan Gaunce crashed into the net. It didn't count after a video review showed the incidental contact with Talbot.
The Oilers broke the deadlock 11 minutes into the second period when Connor McDavid fed it to Eberle, whose quick wrister seemed to handcuff Markstrom.
Vancouver came close to tying the game 30 seconds into the third, but Christopher Tanev rang a shot off the post.
The Oilers made it 2-0 six minutes into the third when Hendricks pounced on a rebound in front of the net to score his fourth of the season.
NOTES: The Canucks return home to face the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, while the Oilers close out their current homestand against Colorado on Sunday. ... It was the third meeting of the season between the teams, with each recording a 2-1 victory in overtime in the previous encounters. The Canucks and Oilers face off twice more this season. ... Out with injuries for the Canucks were Alex Biega (upper body), Markus Granlund (upper body), Luca Sbisa (upper body), Yannick Weber (upper body), Jannik Hansen (ribs), Brandon Sutter (broken jaw), Alexander Edler (fractured tibia) and Derek Dorsett (upper body). ... Absent from the Oilers' lineup were Oscar Klefbom (foot), Andrew Ference (hip), Brandon Davidson (knee), Benoit Pouliot (shoulder), Eric Gryba (knee) and Adam Pardy (hand).