Light-scoring forward Andrew Ebbett had a pair of goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 triumph over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Monday night.
Ebbett, who came into the night with just one goal in seven games on the season, struck twice in the first period as the Canucks opened up a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. Vancouver cruised from there en route to its fourth victory in the last five games.
Daniel Sedin also scored in the opening period, Alex Burrows added a second-period shorthanded goal and Ryan Kesler struck in the third to pace the Canucks, who passed Minnesota to seize top spot in the Northwest Division.
Jordan Eberle and Ryan Smyth had second-period power-play goals for the Oilers, who fell short in the opener of a grueling seven-game road trip.
Corey Potter added a third-period goal in defeat.
Vancouver forward Dale Weise was given a charging major and a game misconduct after drilling Edmonton's Alex Plante into the boards from behind near the midway point of the second period. Plante was helped off the ice and did not return.