VANCOUVER - Talented Vancouver Canuck twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin spelled double trouble for the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
Daniel scored twice and Henrik furnished three assists as the Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,630 at General Motors Place.
Vancouver improved to 3-2-0 while posting its second win in two nights over Edmonton. The Oilers suffered their fourth straight loss after opening the season with two victories.
"We play them eight times every year, so you try and take advantage of the things they do," said Daniel. "So far, it's been going pretty good."
The Sedins finished with seven points in the back-to-back victories over the Oilers. They have picked up where they left last season, when they combined for 24 points in eight games against Edmonton.
Henrik Sedin set up both of his brother's markers and also got credit for another assist as Taylor Pyatt put in his rebound in the third period. Brendan Morrison also scored for the Canucks who went 1-for-6 on the power play while the Oilers went 0-for-5.
"As a team, we generated a lot of chances and we had a good power play," said Daniel.
Andrew Cogliano replied with a short-handed marker for the Oilers, who were outshot 28-22.
The one-sided win helped fans forget Vancouver's humiliating 8-2 loss in their previous game at home, on Wednesday night.
Daniel Sedin's first goal, at the 13-minute mark of the second period, proved to be the winner as he fired home Henrik's goalmouth pass, with Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson at a disadvantage because he had lost his stick on the play.
Undoubtedly, he was a bit tired too, because the Canucks had kept the puck in the Oilers zone for more than two minutes as they enjoyed a domineering power play but could not score - thanks partly to bad luck as Mattias Ohlund rang a shot off the goalpost.
"We did a good job of moving around and we seemed to get all the rebounds back, so we kept the play going," said Daniel. "Ohlie hit the post and we had a few more good chances, so it was good."
The goal came just 15 seconds after Dick Tarnstrom's hooking penalty had expired. Since the whistle had yet to blow and the puck was still in the Edmonton end, appearing as though the power play was still on, the Sedins remained on the ice.
"As long as you have the puck, you don't get tired," said Daniel of the long shift. "I wouldn't want to be on the (penalty kill) side of that shift."
"I thought it was a phenomenal shift by the five guys on the ice and for them to score that goal was a great, great, great shift - one of the best ones we've seen this year," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.
The Canuck power play did click about two minutes later as Daniel Sedin scored again to increase Vancouver's lead to 3-0 and erase any doubt about the outcome.
Seven of Vancouver's 16 goals this season have come on the power play. Their power-play unit, which struggled most of last season, is now producing at a 25 per cent success rate (7-for-28.)
The Oilers held the Sedins in check in the first period. Morrison produced the initial frame's only goal - with just 43.4 seconds left - as he converted his own rebound after taking Markus Naslund's pass from the wing. But the Oilers offence could not generate much in the second as the penalty-killing unit saw extensive action.
"In the first period, I thought we were controlling them, but in the second period we got into penalty trouble and they're very good on the power play," said Edmonton defenceman Sheldon Souray. "They made us pay."
NOTES - Oiler winger Zack Stortini didn't waste time getting his name on the scoresheet after being called up from Springfield of the AHL a night earlier. He fought Jeff Cowan right after the opening face-off...Cowan left the game with a hip flexor after serving his fighting major and did not return. "I've never heard of a guy getting a hip flexor off a fight," said Vigneault, chuckling. "But anyting's possible, I guess" . . . Rob Schremp also played for Edmonton after being called up Friday from Springfield. If Schremp suits up for another game with the Oilers this season, he'll double last season's total of one game . . . Vancouver icon Trevor Linden returned to the Canucks lineup after being scratched Friday in Edmonton. As a result, veteran winger Matt Cooke, who has yet to record a point in four games, viewed the game in street clothes even though he was healthy . . . . Canucks winger Alex Burrows is off to a much quicker start this season than last season. Burrows scored the winning goal Friday against the Oilers. Last season, he was blanked until Jan. 2. Friday's tally was his first in 13 career games against the Oilers.