VANCOUVER—It took a while but Dallas Eakins has posted two-consecutive wins, which he rarely had done in his first season as coach of the Edmonton Oilers.
David Perron helped his coach’s cause by scoring three goals as the Oilers doubled the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 last night.
The Oilers (17-32-6) earned consecutive wins after six-straight losses while the Canucks (27-18-9) suffered their second loss in the past three games.
This is only the fourth time this season—and the first time since December—that the Oilers have won two games in a row.
Edmonton also posted its first win in four tries against Vancouver this season.
Eakins was especially grateful for the tight win after the Oilers were blanked 4-0 in their last visit to Vancouver in December.
“We’re slowly getting stronger and it’s good for the group,” he remarked.
Jesse Joensuu’s goal at 2:20 of the third period secured the win before Perron completed his hat trick with an empty-netter with just over a minute left.
“You don’t want to give David Perron too much room out there,” said Eakins. “He can hurt you quickly.
“He’s a deadly shooter and he was able to get freed up a couple times tonight.”
Perron now has 22 goals on the season—offering a beacon of hope to an Oilers’ squad that often has played in a fog like the one that engulfed parts of Vancouver earlier yesterday.
But with the Oilers destined to miss the playoffs, he hoped the win would serve as a catalyst for success in the more distant future.
“We have to be able to look them straight in the eyes and tell [the Canucks] to go away in not always the nicest way,” Perron said.
“We need to be able to play with these guys in other years, and it starts right now,” he stressed.
“We need to set it up for next year.”
The loss spoiled a strong effort from Jordan Schroeder, who had the two goals for Vancouver.
They were his first since last March 21.
Elsewhere in the NHL, Boston doubled the N.Y. Islanders 6-3, Carolina nipped Columbus 3-2, Pittsburgh blanked Buffalo 3-0, Colorado edged Dallas 4-3, and L.A. shaded San Jose 1-0.