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Ducks hand Canadiens first regulation loss

by John Kreiser / NHL.com
The Anaheim Ducks left home six days ago trying to figure out what they had to do to straighten out their season. They're leaving with some answers — and six points.

The Ducks completed a three-game blitz through Eastern Canada on Saturday night with a 6-4 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal — the Habs' first regulation loss and first at home this season.

Anaheim had its biggest offensive night of the season despite being outshot 51-25. The Ducks have struggled all season to put the puck in the net, but they got four against starter Jaroslav Halak and two more against Carey Price.

"Finally, we put some goals on the board and it's a great feeling all around," said forward Corey Perry, who had his first goal of the season and added two assists. He had a chance for a second but misfired on a penalty shot.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 47 saves as the Canadiens broke the 50-shot mark for the first time since April 1, 1996.

"When you do have 50 shots you have to bury a lot more of those," said center Alex Tanguay, who scored twice.

Giguere continued his solid play of late that's triggered Anaheim's streak. After allowing 13 goals in his first three starts, he's given up only eight on 150 shots in his last four games — a save percentage of .947.

Kent Huskins and Getzlaf scored 2:51 apart to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead early in the first period. Montreal tied the game before the end of the period on goals by Tanguay and Saku Koivu, then took its only lead when Tom Kostopoulos got his first of the season 1:34 into the second period.

"Even though they scored the two goals to tie the hockey game and then they went up 3-2, we didn't really stray away from what we were trying to do," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We were fortunate enough that our goaltender made enough stops at critical times and our power play delivered for us."

Perry scored his first of the season on a power play at 2:40 to even it at 3-3, and Chris Kunitz restored the Ducks' lead with his first at 4:40, chasing Halak, who allowed four goals on 12 shots.

Travis Moen scored a shorthanded goal at 16:39 when he put a backhander past Price on a breakaway. Price stopped Perry's penalty shot with 1:56 left in the period, but Teemu Selanne added a third-period goal for Anaheim before Tanguay's late goal.

"We did some good things but the mental focus wasn't there," Koivu said. "We weren't as sharp as we were used to being in the last couple of games here."

Flyers 3, Devils 2, OT | Video

The Flyers kicked off a big sports weekend in Philadelphia on a high note when Jeff Carter's tip-in from his knees beat Martin Brodeur at 3:44 of overtime to complete a home-and-home sweep.

Philadelphia had been winless before Friday night's 6-3 victory at New Jersey. The back-to-back wins may be just what they need to get going after an 0-3-3 start.

"To win close games like that against the Devils, who pride themselves in winning close games, that was a real feather in our cap," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I don't know what it looks like to the fans, but it was an inspirational game for us and it was great to get the win."

Just seconds after play resumed following a delay caused when a fan threw a smoke bomb on the ice, Carter deflected Ossi Vaananen's shot from the blue line past Brodeur. It was Carter's sixth goal of the season and extended his goals streak to four games.

The smoke bomb was the topic of discussion in the Flyers' locker room after the game.
"It smelled like New Year's," Vaananen said.

Mike Knuble knocked his own rebound past Brodeur 9:42 into the game to put the Flyers ahead. Zach Parise's tip of Colin White's shot 27 seconds into the second period tied the game at 1-1. Scott Hartnell put the Flyers back in front at 9:40 when he put the rebound of Braydon Coburn's shot into a wide-open net. But Brian Gionta's power-play backhander with 1:43 left in the period pulled the Devils even again.

Despite their early-season struggles, the Flyers, who reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season, haven't lost the respect of their opponents.

"We didn't underestimate them at all," Devils coach Brent Sutter said. "I told our guys (Friday) morning that these guys are better than what their record was. They had some unfortunate games and shootouts, but they didn't get to where they did in the playoffs last year by not being a good team. They're no different of a team."

 
 


Hurricanes 4, Islanders 3 | Video

Cam Ward was good to the last stop — a penalty-shot save against Doug Weight with :00.7 remaining that preserved Carolina's victory at the Nassau Coliseum on a night when the Hurricanes were outshot 60-28.

Ward made his 57th and final save after the penalty shot was awarded when defenseman Tim Gleason gloved a loose puck in the crease. Ward got his glove on Weight's wrist shot to give the Hurricanes their third consecutive win on Long Island.

"He's a gifted player," Ward said of Weight, a teammate on Carolina's 2006 Cup-winning team. "I thought he might go five-hole, but I tried not to overthink it."

Isles coach Scott Gordon chose Weight because he had played with Ward in Carolina.

"I don't think there is anyone on the ice who knows [Ward] better than [Weight] does because he played with him ... he's probably shot on him more than anyone here," Gordon said.

But Weight said the bad ice and Ward's position gave him few options.

"It got quite interesting there," Weight said. "He was out about 10-12 feet. He went down and I tried to put it to the high glove, and I had to make a perfect shot, and I didn't. He played it well."

Ward said dealing with the barrage wasn't as tough as it looked.

"It looked like they were throwing everything at the net," Ward said. "But it's really not the number of shots that matters — it's the number of good chances, and I think our defense did a great job in clearing out rebounds so there were very few second chances."

The Isles set a franchise record with their 60 shots, but lost their third game in a row overall and third straight at home.

"It's not as frustrating as it was the other night (a 5-3 loss to Dallas), because we played our system and gave ourselves a chance to win," said Islanders captain Bill Guerin, who had 10 shots on goal. "It's a loss, and it's unacceptable, but we played better."

The Hurricanes took advantage of some shaky goaltending by Rick DiPietro to take a 2-0 lead in the first 8:49 on goals by Chad LaRose and Rod Brind'Amour. But the Islanders changed goaltenders after the first period — a move coach Scott Gordon hinted might be related to an injury — and showed a lot more jump with Joey McDonald in the net.

Freddy Meyer's goal at 3:56 cut the margin to one — but Meyer's giveaway turned into Eric Staal's breakaway goal at 10:51.

The Isles, who outshot Carolina 21-7 in the second period, wouldn't quit. Sean Bergenheim's shorthanded goal at 5:45 made it 3-2, and after LaRose scored off a 2-on-1 break, Mark Streit's power-play goal at 10:34 cut the deficit back to one.

Maple Leafs 3, Senators 2 | Video

Round one in this season's Battle of Ontario went to the Maple Leafs as Alex Ponikarovsky's third-period goal proved to be the difference for the improving Leafs.

Dominic Moore and Mikhail Grabovski also scored and Vesa Toskala made 22 saves as the Leafs won their second straight game and earned at least one point for the fifth consecutive game.

"We have a chance to be over .500 in the first month," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after his team improved to 3-2-3. "I don't think anyone thought that was possible with the schedule we have."

Toronto had 21 shots in the opening period and opened the scoring at 14:14 when Moore chipped the puck over goaltender Alex Auld during a power play. Grabovski made it 2-0 at 2:15 of the second with a wrist shot over Auld's shoulder for his first of the season.
"Even with the lead now, we still kept skating and we didn't turn the puck over. I would say that was our smartest game so far." -- Vesa Toskala


Donovan gave the struggling Senators a spark when he tipped Alex Picard's shot behind Toskala at 4:06. The Leafs led only 2-1 after two periods despite a 31-13 advantage in shots.

"I don't think we played the kind of game early that gave us a chance to win," Senators coach Craig Hartsburg said after his struggling team fell to 2-5-1. "We did not have enough. They were the better team tonight. They were quicker, stronger on the puck and more competitive."

Ponikarovsky restored the Leafs' two-goal lead at 13:37 of the third period after a scramble in front of Auld. Dean McAmmond made the sellout crowd at Air Canada Centre sweat when he scored shorthanded with 49 seconds left, but Toskala held off the Senators in a frantic finish.

Last season, the Maple Leafs were known for blowing leads in the third period — but that identity slowly seems to be changing.

"Even with the lead now, we still kept skating and we didn't turn the puck over," Toskala said. "I would say that was our smartest game so far."

Sharks 3, Lightning 0 | Video

Talk about making the most of your opportunities.

Backup goaltender Brian Boucher stopped 22 shots for his second shutout in as many games this season as San Jose clamped down after some poor defensive efforts and shut out the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Boucher said he's had a lot of help.

"Right now, it's been two wins and two shutouts, but I wouldn't look too much into it," Boucher said. ''It's more of a byproduct of the guys playing well."

Boucher hadn't played since stopping 21 shots in a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles on Oct. 12. He said his teammates have made things easy for him.

"We didn't give them a chance to get going," Boucher said. ''When you play offense in their end the amount of minutes that we did, that's the best defense you can have. It keeps their guys on the ice, and gives them nothing offensively."

The Sharks controlled play all night long and outshot the Lightning 45-22. Only a superb 42-save performance by goalie Mike Smith kept the Lightning in the game.

''It was very embarrassing," coach Barry Melrose said after his team fell to 1-3-3. "Our goaltending has been great every game. But we've scored 11 goals in seven games. It doesn't take Albert Einstein to figure out that's not enough."

The Sharks got goals by Marcel Goc, Ryan Clowe and Devin Setoguchi as they rebounded from a 4-3 loss at Florida on Friday night and improved to 7-2-0 under new coach Todd McLellan.

Goc's first-period goal was set up by former Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle, who was shipped to San Jose along with Brad Lukowich during the summer. Both were members of the Bolts' 2004 Cup champs and got a warm greeting from the crowd.

"It meant a lot to me and Luk," Boyle said of the reception they received. "A pretty emotional game. Leaving here without the win would have been (bad)."

Bruins 5, Thrashers 4 |
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Some of the markings on the ice were off at TD Banknorth Garden, but Boston's Milan Lucic didn't mind. The second-year forward completed his first career hat trick by scoring with 1:41 left in regulation to give the Bruins the victory.

Lucic slid a backhander under defenseman Tobias Enstrom that slipped by goaltender Johan Hedberg to break a 4-4 tie.

The format of the game was changed because the faceoff markings at one end of the ice were wrong by four feet. The teams changed sides with 10:02 remaining in the third period.

It was the Bruins' third home game of the season — all this week. The team said the error will be fixed before the next home game, against Dallas on Nov. 1.

''I don't think it had any bearing on any game we've played,'' Boston coach Claude Julien said.

The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Bruins, who head to Western Canada for three games before coming home to play Dallas next Saturday.
"We're up 2-0 and they kept coming at us. We got a couple of penalties and took it to us. The margin of error is pretty small sometimes, and unfortunately they had the bounces on their side tonight." -- Johan Hedberg







"I think the adjustment had to come from the players," Julien said. "I think anyone who watched the game saw a difference in the effort between the first and second periods."

The Thrashers scored twice in the first 20 minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Jason Williams swept in a power-play rebound at 4:57 and Mathieu Schneider finished off a feed from Ilya Kovalchuk with 10.4 seconds left.

The Bruins needed less than six minutes to tie the game. Stephane Yelle tipped Shawn Thornton's shot from the right point into the net at 3:37 and Lucic got his first of the night two minutes later.

Kovalchuk's power-play goal at 9:56 put Atlanta back in front, but David Krejci scored a power-play goal for Boston at 14:22 to tie the game again.

"We're up 2-0 and they kept coming at us," Hedberg said. "We got a couple of penalties and took it to us. The margin of error is pretty small sometimes, and unfortunately they had the bounces on their side tonight."

Lucic's tip of Dennis Wideman's slap shot 5:08 into the third period put Boston ahead for the first time. Atlanta tied it at 7:22 when Slava Kozlov jammed in Colby Armstrong's feed.

Capitals 6, Stars 5, OT | Video

Sergei Fedorov set a record and Alexander Semin scored the game-winner in overtime. All in all, a good night for two of the Caps' Russian stars as Washington avoided an 0-fer on its road trip by winning in Dallas.

Fedorov scored twice to give him 475 career goals, breaking a tie with Alexander Mogilny for the most by a Russian-born player. Mogilny retired in 2006.

"It's just a record," Fedorov said. "I'd rather talk about Alex than the record. I know his career was shortened by injury. I didn't expect to ever get it. He had a great shot and amazing hands. Realistically, if he'd played more he'd have a lot more stats. He was a powerful forward, a scoring machine."

Fedorov also holds the Russian records for assists (678) and points (1,153).

"Records are nice on a personal level, but most important was that we finally won a game," Fedorov said.

The win didn't come easily. Dallas got a point when Mike Modano scored with 56.4 seconds remaining in regulation off a setup by Brenden Morrow.

But midway through overtime, Semin took a loose puck in the right circle and beat goalie Marty Turco with a wrist shot to the upper left corner. Semin was mobbed by teammates who raced onto the ice after his seventh goal of the season.

"We've always been resilient," said Washington coach Bruce Boudreau, whose team had lost 2-1 in Calgary and Phoenix. "You can see the passion we have by how we reacted when we scored the overtime goal."

Dallas rallied from a 4-2 deficit on B.J. Crombeen's redirect with 4:05 left in the second period — his first career goal — and Loui Eriksson's rebound 56 seconds into the third period. The Caps went back in front when Tyler Sloan, playing in his third NHL game, scored on a rebound at 2:22. Tomas Fleischmann also scored twice for the Caps — but Alex Ovechkin was held without a goal for the sixth consecutive game.

The Stars' defensive troubles continued. They’ve allowed fewer than three goals in a game just once this season, and coach Dave Tippett isn't happy about his team's defensive play.

"The goals-against is a joke right now," Tippett said. "There are a lot of guilty parties out there. It's not the way we do things around here, to have to score seven goals to win. Our goaltending hasn't been very good."

Wild 2, Blue Jackets 1 | Video

Two nights after blowing a third-period lead in an overtime loss to Buffalo, the Wild nearly did it again. This time, though, the Wild escaped with a victory when Rick Nash's apparent goal with 11.6 seconds remaining in regulation was waved off.

Christian Backman teed up a slap shot and Nash was in perfect position about 15 feet from the goal. But he raised his stick to direct it past Nicklas Backstrom — prompting the review. Because the play involved a high stick, the inconclusive ruling at the NHL's "War Room" in Toronto meant the decision was sent back to the on-ice officials. The referee who made the call was overruled by the other officials on the ice, keeping the Wild (5-0-1) unbeaten in regulation.

Much to the consternation of Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock.

"Our description of it and our view on the video is different than the referee's, so what does it matter?" he said. "It's not a goal. They won the hockey game."
"Well, we're the Wild! Come on! The Wild! You know we like to make it exciting." -- Jacques Lemaire


Not surprisingly, the Wild agreed with the non-goal call.

"When I saw the replay on top, it was obvious," Lemaire said. "Nash is really tall, and he had his stick above the shoulders."

Nash, who's listed at 6-foot-4, wasn't sure.

"I didn't get to see any of the replays. ... That happens so fast. I couldn't even tell," he said.

Columbus also lost starting goalie Pascal Leclaire, who left in the second period with a sprained ankle.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Owen Nolan scored to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead before Rostislav Klesla got his first goal in 43 games, beating Backstrom with 8:26 remaining in regulation to set up the wild finish.

''Well, we're the Wild! Come on! The Wild! You know we like to make it exciting,'' Lemaire said sarcastically, referring to Thursday night's late collapse.

Predators 5, Kings 4

Barry Trotz sounded more like the losing coach after his Predators outlasted visiting Los Angeles in a game he felt they should have won easily.

"It should have ended 5-2 and our guys all realize that," Trotz said. "We found a way to stop the tide, but it was closer than we wanted it to be.

"The last two goals by Los Angeles were the result of sloppy coverages. We knew they were stretching their forwards. Instead of protecting the puck, we threw it up the middle and Los Angeles kept it in. And we were beat back to the net on the last goal."

Nashville got first-period goals by Ryan Jones, J.P. Dumont and Martin Erat in the first 12:48 to take command and send Kings goaltender Jason LaBarbera to the bench.

"It was a little bit of a way of calming things down," coach Terry Murray said of the goaltending change. "We were trying to get a better focus to our game. You can look at it different ways. I would have liked to have seen their third goal stopped. When you give up three goals in the first it throws up a red flag."

Jarret Stoll scored twice in the second period for the Kings, but third-period goals by Jerred Smithson and Jordin Tootoo gave Nashville a 5-2 lead with less than seven minutes remaining. The Kings got late goals by Dustin Brown and Alexander Frolov to trigger the ire of Trotz — but not enough to tie the game.

"There are a number of players who can do a better job," Trotz said. "We are making turnovers. On a routine breakout there was an errant pass and they turned that into a goal. It was a routine play with no pressure. We are having problems on the walls. And they are veteran players making mistakes. That is what concerns me."

Blues 4, Panthers 0
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The only thing that could spoil the biggest night of Ben Bishop's life was an injury.

The St. Louis native was on the way to a shutout in his first NHL start when, "I was going to make one of the saves and something (wasn't right) in my lower body," Bishop said. "It's sad. I felt really good. It's unfortunate."

Bishop stopped all 12 shots he faced before leaving with what was listed as a "lower body injury." He had to settle for his first NHL victory; Marek Schwarz, recalled from the minors earlier in the day after Manny Legace was injured on Friday, stopped the last five shots to complete the shutout.

Brad Boyes scored in the first and third periods as the Blues rebounded from a 4-0 loss to Los Angeles on Friday night. Paul Kariya and Keith Tkachuk had second-period goals, and Andy McDonald added three assists.
"The disappointing part for me is we're on the end of a trip and maybe we didn't have great legs. But we've got to figure out how to hang around in games like this even when we're not at our best." -- Peter DeBoer


"Right off the bat, we got going," said Boyes, who scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season. "I think the forecheck worked out well, we didn't turn pucks over, shot the puck, the power play got us going good. I think every part of our game was much better than it was last night."

The Panthers finished a stretch where they played in Ottawa on Wednesday night, flew home for a game with San Jose on Friday night, then boarded a flight for St. Louis and didn't get in until 2:30 a.m.

"The disappointing part for me is we're on the end of a trip and maybe we didn't have great legs," coach Peter DeBoer said. "But we've got to figure out how to hang around in games like this even when we're not at our best."

Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 5, SO | Video

If this was a warm-up for the Winter Classic, fans at Wrigley Field will be treated to a thriller on New Year's Day. Marian Hossa's slap shot blast won the game for the Wings in the shootout after each team blew leads in the third period in front of 22,690 fans, a regular-season record crowd in Chicago.

"The goalie played different each shot," Hossa said of the shootout. "So I didn't know what to do. The best thing is to shoot the puck."

The Hawks led 4-2 after two periods before the Wings scored three goals in the first 9:23 of the third period to take the lead. Niklas Kronwall made it 4-3 at 2:07 and Pavel Datsyuk tied it just over a minute later, tucking in a feed from Hossa to complete a give-and-go.

Jiri Hudler put the Wings ahead when he fired Mikael Samuelsson's cross-ice pass over Nikolai Khabibulin at 9:23. But the Hawks pulled even when Patrick Kane stuffed in a rebound during a two-man advantage with 7:27 to play.

Datsyuk scored in the first round of the shootout and Chicago's Jonathan Toews beat Ty Conklin in the second round. Hossa, the Wings' fourth shooter, skated within 15 feet of Khabibulin and blasted a slap shot that found the top corner.

The Wings, now 6-0-1 in their last seven games, came to Chicago after beating Atlanta at home on Friday.

"We played on back-to back nights, so it was good to come back from down 4-2 in the opposition rink," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Johan Franzen also scored for the Red Wings in regulation, but he hobbled off the ice with 6:55 left in the second following a collision at center ice with Chicago's Brent Sopel. Franzen didn't return and apparently sustained a knee injury.

"We'll know on Monday," Babcock said. "Obviously, he's hurt. Whether its hyper-extended or there's any ligament damage, we'll find out later."

Chicago has points in its last six games (3-0-3), but coach Joel Quenneville was more concerned about the one that got away.

"We'll take the point, but obviously we're disappointed since we had a two-goal lead," Quenneville said. "It was a good measuring stick for us.

"We need to be more patient with the puck. "They (the Red Wings) don't need to need much to create with their skill level. They may have improved from being a Cup champion over the summer."

Avalanche 2, Sabres 1, SO | Video

It took the Avs a little while to get going, but now they're on a roll. Milan Hejduk, Wojtek Wolski and Ryan Smyth scored in the shootout to give Colorado its fifth consecutive victory after starting the season with three losses.

The Sabres are still unbeaten in regulation at 6-0-0-2, with shootout losses on each of the past two Saturdays.

"These are the games and stretches that can make a difference down the stretch," Smyth said. "Winning these two points makes a difference."

Daniel Paille scored midway through the second period to give the Sabres the lead, and Ryan Miller made the lead stand up against the NHL's top offense until Jordan Leopold's shot hit a couple of Sabres and deflected into the net with 6:24 left in regulation.

"We had our opportunities and one of them went in," Leopold said. "It wasn't pretty but we'll take it."
"These are the games and stretches that can make a difference down the stretch. Winning these two points makes a difference." -- Ryan Smyth







Miller said Smyth hit the knob of his stick and knocked him off-balance, leaving him unable to make a play on Leopold's shot.

"Everyone knows Ryan Smyth comes through and hits the goalie's knob," Miller said. "I told the ref, 'I don't want the contact. I don't need a penalty, I just don't want the contact.' He comes by and twists me out of position. That was a slow-moving puck that I could reach if I'm set. I had the ice, I was there first. Don't touch me."

Hedjuk and Ales Kotalik scored in the first round of the shootout, and Derek Roy matched Wolski's score in the third round. Peter Budaj stopped Clarke MacArthur after Smyth's wrist shot beat Miller, who was still upset about Smyth's play on the tying goal well after the game.

"To work that hard and to have a chintzy little play be the difference to get it into overtime — it's pretty brutal," he said.

Flames 4, Coyotes 1 | Video

Todd Bertuzzi's revival continues. Bertuzzi scored his sixth goal in eight games as the Flames beat the slumping Coyotes in Phoenix.

Bertuzzi had just 14 goals last season with Anaheim, which bought out his contract during the summer. He got his sixth of the season 3:25 into the game during a power play when he was the last Flame to touch the puck before it deflected off Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek's stick and into the net.

Brandon Prust scored his first NHL goal at 15:03, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush. Todd Fedoruk scored the Coyotes' lone goal at 16:58.

Dion Phaneuf's power-play goal 6:53 into the second period restored the Flames' two-goal lead, and Jarome Iginla hit the empty net with 11 seconds remaining.

''This was a huge win for us and a big two points on the road,'' Phaneuf said. (Phoenix) came hard at us and we responded with a solid 60 minutes.''
Calgary's solid two-way effort left coach Mike Keenan pleased.
"We limited their chances to score, and that was important for us," Keenan said. "We defended the goal well and did the small things to get a chance to win. Right now, we have four lines playing well, and we need that consistency going forward."
After starting the season with back-to-back wins, the Coyotes have lost four of their last five games. Coach Wayne Gretzky wasn't happy with his team's effort.

"We talked for two days how Calgary would come in here and how they were going to play," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "They did exactly what we knew they would do, and unfortunately, we had only a handful of guys ready for that sort of work ethic."

Canucks 6, Oilers 3 | Video

Kyle Wellwood's tie-breaker at 2:32 triggered a three-goal third period that powered the Canucks past Edmonton in their return from a six-game road trip.

Wellwood, who passed through waivers and was headed for the minors before Pavol Demitra's rib injury gave him a reprieve, snagged a loose puck and beat Mathieu Garon to snap a 3-3 tie. It was the Canucks' third power-play goal of the game — as many as they'd scored in their first seven.

"We had a few days to practice it and we had some new guys out there, and I think we were able to move the puck well and when the puck went to the net it seemed to bounce the right way for us," Wellwood said.

It was Wellwood's second power-play goal and third point in two games since replacing Demitra on the second line and second power-play unit.

"We changed some things and now we're getting more setup time and you get more chances and eventually it's going to go in," Wellwood said of a power play that came into the game ranked 29th in the NHL at 9.1 percent.
"At the end of the day, you've got to kill penalties, and our penalty-killing was brutal. You can't win games if you can't kill penalties." -- Craig MacTavish


Rookie Jannik Hansen added his second goal of the game five minutes later, and Jason Krog scored another power-play goal with 3:14 left as Vancouver ended a three-game losing streak.

"At the end of the day, you've got to kill penalties, and our penalty-killing was brutal," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "You can't win games if you can't kill penalties."

Mason Raymond's power-play goal at 3:25 of the opening period put the Canucks ahead before the teams combined for five goals in the second period. After Denis Grebeshkov tied the game 53 seconds into the period, Raymond and Hansen scored 55 seconds apart to give the Canucks a 3-1 lead.

But the Oilers got back into the game after Roberto Luongo whiffed on Robert Nilsson's harmless-looking shot from the top of the right circle at 13:31. They tied it at 16:14 when Sam Gagner's shot hit a stick and deflected to an unchecked Steve Staios on the far side.

Luongo made up for the soft goal by stopping Gagner's penalty shot late in the second period with the game tied 3-3.

"It was a big moment in the game," Luongo said. "I know he likes to make a lot of moves on his breakaway and I said to myself I was going to be as patient as possible and he ended up shooting right away. That's why I didn't move much, I was kind of surprised, but at end I was able to react."

Material from wire services and team online and broadcast media was used in this report




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