VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Edler scored 2:29 into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 on Saturday night in the final game of the regular season.
Sven Baertschi scored twice, and Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa and Jannik Hansen also scored for the Canucks (48-29-5). Vancouver had already clinched home-ice advantage against Calgary in their first-round playoff series when the Flames lost against Winnipeg earlier in the day.
Ryan Miller finished with 23 saves in his first start since injuring his knee Feb. 22 against the New York Islanders. Miller has not lost in 12 career meetings against Edmonton, including five this season.
Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Benoit Pouliot, Taylor Hall and Teddy Purcell scored for the Oilers (24-44-14), who will miss the playoffs for the ninth straight season. Ben Scrivens made 17 saves.
The Oilers opened the scoring at 9:45 of the first period when Linden Vey turned over the puck in his zone to Derek Roy, who found a wide-open Yakupov.
Just 11 seconds later, Eberle took a pass from Pouliot in the slot and wristed in his 24th of the year to double the lead.
Vancouver pulled to 2-1 with just over 6 minutes left in the first. In a quick tic-tac-toe passing play, Henrik Sedin dished to Edler, who found Daniel Sedin alone and the Swede scored to hit the 20-goal mark.
Bieksa tied it up early in the second with a wraparound goal, but Edmonton restored its lead when Hall buried Pouliot’s no-look pass at 3:44.
Miller showed his rust when Pouliot fired in a wrist shot with 7:47 remaining in the second. However, Vancouver came right back to pull to 4-3 as Baertschi went five-hole on Scrivens at 8:01 for his first with the Canucks.
With 30 seconds left in the second, the Oilers went up two again after a bad Canucks line change and a resulting 3-on-1. Purcell eventually banged in the puck after Miller made the initial stop.
It was back to a one-goal game when Hansen put in Bo Horvat’s wraparound attempt 6 minutes into the third.
Baertschi tied it 5-5 midway through the period, streaking in alone before beating Scrivens again.
Notes: Vancouver celebrated former Canuck and fan favorite Gino Odjick before the game. Odjick played for Vancouver for parts of eight seasons and participated in 154 fights in his NHL career.
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