VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Ryan Kesler tipped in a pair of third period goals to complete a second career hat trick and lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-1 rout over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.
"We played well tonight," Kesler said. "From the puck drop we were pretty good. We established most of the play tonight and Cory (Schneider) played an excellent game for us."
Daniel Sedin scored twice in the second period for the Canucks and added an assist on Alexander Edler's third period goal. Henrik Sedin had three assists.
Canucks' back-up goalie Cory Schneider improved to 8-0-2 on the season but had his bid for a shutout spoiled by Ales Hemsky, who jammed in a loose puck with less than a second remaining in the second period.
"It's no fun to get beat by that score," Oilers winger Taylor Hall said. "It could have been a whole different game if we'd done some things differently, but they saw some holes in our game and really exploited it."
Despite the Canucks outshooting the Oilers 14-6 in the opening period the game was scoreless as the Vancouver could not find a way past Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
However, Sedin and Kesler scored on the first two shots in the second period 1:34 apart before the floodgates opened.
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. Editing by Alastair Himmer)