Published April 28, 2013
EDMONTON, Alberta – Nail Yakupov scored his first career hat trick and the Edmonton Oilers closed out their season with a 7-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
The Russian rookie scored all three of his goals in a high-flying third period for Edmonton, which scored five goals in a span of 3:35.
Justin Schultz had a goal and three assists, Jordan Eberle two goals and Jerred Smithson got the another goal for the Oilers, who won their last two games of the season but only three of their last 12.
Derek Roy and Tom Sestito scored for the Canucks, who rested several of their key players in advance of the playoffs. The Canucks will play the San Jose Sharks in the first of the playoffs.
The Canucks lost two in a row to finish the regular season and four of their last six.
The Oilers have missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons since losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to Carolina in 2006.