Etem scores shootout winner as Canucks beat Oilers 4-3
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) If this was Alexandre Burrows' last game for the Vancouver Canucks, he went out on his own terms.
The veteran forward scored one of Vancouver's three goals in the shootout Saturday night as the Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 to wrap up disappointing seasons for both clubs.
Burrows, who turns 35 on Monday and has spent the last 10 years in Vancouver, averaged nearly 30 goals a season while playing with on a line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin from 2008-'09 to 2011-'12, but had just 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 79 games in 2015-'16 in a reduced role.
And with a $4.5 million salary cap hit next season in the final year of his contract, he could be a candidate to be bought out as the Canucks continue to infuse youth into their rebuild.
''I totally get the business,'' Burrows said. ''The team wants to get younger. They want to establish a new core.
''At the end of the day I wasn't good enough this year probably.''
Emerson Etem beat Cam Talbot with a nice move through the goaltender's legs for the clinching score after Patrick Maroon was stopped by Jacob Markstrom at the other end.
Derek Dorsett, Jannik Hansen and Etem scored in regulation for the Canucks, who missed the playoffs for the second time in three years and finished with their lowest point total since putting up just 58 for the 1998-99 season.
''Frustrating, disappointing,'' Burrows said. ''We tried to battle together and finish it off on a good note.''
Markstrom stopped 35 shots, and Matt Bartkowski chipped in with two assists.
Darnell Nurse, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Maroon scored for the Oilers, who haven't made the postseason since their run to the 2006 Stanley Cup final. Talbot made 25 saves, and Nail Yakupov had two assists.
''I think the skill and talent is there with this group,'' Oilers coach Todd McLellan said. ''It's learning how to play and how to manage situations.''
Hansen took a stretch pass from Bartkowski on a bad Oilers change and beat Talbot for his 22nd goal at 15:52 of the third, giving Vancouver a 3-2 lead.
But Maroon got his 12th goal on a power play with 1:27 left in regulation that stood after a Vancouver challenge for goalie interference.
Talbot made an incredible glove stop on Daniel Sedin in overtime before the Canucks came close on a couple of chances during a brief man advantage.
Etem gave his team a 2-1 lead just 81 seconds into the third on a shot off the rush that appeared to tick off a defender's stick before dipping on Talbot for his seventh.
''There's been highs and lows for me,'' said Etem, who has four goals and an assist in the last five games after scoring just three times over his first 34 contests with Vancouver. ''It's about doing the little things.''
Nugent-Hopkins got that one back at 7:46, deflecting a pass from Taylor Hall past Markstrom for his 12th.
While both teams have been out of the playoff picture for some time, the game didn't even have any meaning at the bottom of the NHL standings.
Toronto lost 5-1 to New Jersey earlier Saturday to finish last overall and secure the best odds at winning the draft lottery, while Columbus beat Chicago 5-4 in overtime to clinch 27th, leaving Vancouver locked in 28th and Edmonton in 29th.
Another player who might have suited up for the last time with Vancouver is defenseman Dan Hamhuis. The 33-year-old has been with club for the last six seasons, but is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.