Oilers offense wakes up in 7-0 rout of Canucks


EDMONTON, Alberta -- Edmonton goaltender Bill Ranford, whose solid play has been one of the Oilers' few bright spots this season, finally got some help.

Ranford turned in a 33-save performance and the Oilers' dormant offense came to life to combine for a 7-0 drubbing of the Vancouver Canucks yesterday. The Oilers had averaged 3.04 goals in their first 25 games.

The Canucks, tops in the Smythe Division and second overall in the NHL, allowed the Oilers to take a 3-0 first-period lead. Then Ranford went to work, stopping 16 shots, including a penalty shot, in the second period.

It was Ranford's first shutout of the season and the third time the Oilers have beaten the Canucks this season.

Vancouver's Greg Adams was awarded the penalty shot at 11 minutes, 6 seconds of the second when Edmonton defenseman Dave Manson cut him down as he was breaking in alone on Ranford.

The missed penalty shot brought a huge cheer from the Northlands Coliseum crowd of 15,502 and Ranford charged from the net shaking his glove hand in jubilation. Ranford later stopped Adams on a breakaway in the third period.

Vancouver ..0 0 0 -- 0

Edmonton ...3 1 3 -- 7

First period--1, Edmonton, Beranek 7 (Lowe, Murphy), 12:55. 2, Edmonton, Manson 4 (Klima, Damphousse), 17:48 (pp). 3, Edmonton, Semenov 2 (Richardson, Mellanby), 19:05 (pp).

Second period--4, Edmonton, Mellanby 7 (Simpson, Gelimas), 16:51.

Third period--5, Edmonton, Mellanby 8, 3:03 (pp). 6, Edmonton, Mallette 1 (Buchberger), 3:42. 7, Edmonton, Muni 2 (Buchberger, Semenov), 6:17.

Shots on goal--Vancouver 9-16-8--33. Edmonton 13-10-9--32. Missed penalty shot--Adams, Van, 11:06 second. Power-play opportunities--Vancouver 0 of 4; Edmonton 3 of 8. Goalies--Vancouver, McLean, 16-5-3 (32 shots-25 saves). Edmonton, Ranford, 8-10-4 (33-33). A--15,502.

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