Hemsky, 20, will be expected to carry more of the load
offensively for the Oilers, especially with center Mike Comrie
Smyth rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal at 11:19 of
the third. Rob McVicar had just replaced Cloutier and gave up the
goal while Edmonton had a two-man advantage.
Cloutier immediately returned to the ice.
Edmonton outshot Vancouver 30-11.
Free-agent signee Stephen Valiquette replaced Tommy Salo in goal
for the Oilers and made a brilliant save late in the second period
against Brendan Morrison in front. Valiquette stopped all four
shots he faced.
Edmonton was 1-for-10 on the power play. Last season, the Oilers
finished last in the NHL with the man advantage on home ice.