EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ The Vancouver Canucks obviously haven't forgotten
about Todd Bertuzzi.
But a pair of trade deadline acquisitions, Geoff Sanderson and Martin
Rucinsky, are helping minimize losing one of the league's top power forwards
for the rest of the season and the playoffs.
``It's only my second game, but coming to a dangerous offensive team like
this is a lot of fun, you get a lot of chances,'' Sanderson said after scoring
in overtime to give the Canucks a comeback 4-3 win over the Oilers on Friday
``It's pretty easy coming to a great team like this,'' said Sanderson, who
deked around goalie Jussi Markkanen and tucked in his 15th goal at 4:27 of the
extra period, completing a perfectly executed two-on-one break with Vancouver
captain Markus Naslund.
``I gave him a bad pass and he gave me a great one right in the crease,''
Sanderson said about the winning goal
Sanderson, who scored Vancouver's only goal in a 1-1 tie with Minnesota on
Wednesday, was acquired from Columbus on March 9, the same day the Canucks
picked up Rucinsky from the New York Rangers.
Rucinsky had a goal and an assist against the Oilers, setting up Brendan
Morrison's third-period equalizer.
``They've both done a great job so far,'' Morrison said about his two new
teammates. ``They're paying immediate dividends.''
Trailing 3-2, Morrison chipped in Daniel Sedin's rebound with 7:04 to go in
the third period, his 18th goal, to pull the Canucks even.
``Both (Rucinsky) and Geoff have been great additions,'' said Naslund.
``These guys have brought a lot to our lineup. There's a lot of positives to
take out of this.
``We're not using Todd's absence as an excuse. We're trying to find ways to
win _ to win for Todd.''
Bryan Allen also scored for the Canucks, who have two wins in their last six
games and remained fourth in the Western Conference.
Petr Nedved had two second-period power play goals and Shawn Horcoff opened
the scoring for the Oilers, who've played an NHL-record seven straight overtime
Edmonton is 2-0-2-3 in those seven and is five points behind Nashville and
Los Angeles for eighth in the Western Conference.
``They're too good a team to sit on a lead against,'' said Nedved. ``They
showed that tonight.''
Before Edmonton's overtime streak, which began with a Feb. 29 loss in
Dallas, the NHL record for consecutive overtime games was five, accomplished
eight times by seven teams.
``It's frustrating,'' said Horcoff. ``We needed two points and these
one-point games arent doing it for us. Time is running out and we've got to
start winning hockey games.''
With the score tied 1-1 early in the second period, Nedved scooped up
Marc-Andre Bergeron's rebound, patiently circled the traffic in front of goalie
Dan Cloutier and lifted a shot into the net.
Nedved added his 17th of the season and third as an Oiler, beating Cloutier
with a wrist shot from the faceoff circle.
Eric Brewer earned assists on both of Nedved's goals.
Rucinsky trimmed Edmonton's lead to 3-2 with his 14th of the season and
first as a Canuck. Rucinsky, also a trade deadline acquisition from the
Rangers, took a lead pass from Naslund, raced up ice and beat Markkanen to the
far side with a high shot.
Markkanen was reacquired by the Oilers in the same trade that brought Nedved
Sanderson, Morrison and Rucinsky each finished with a goal and an assist for
Horcoff opened the scoring 2:15 into the game, his 15th of the season. Ryan
Smyth dropped the puck just inside the Vancouver blue line and it sat there
waiting for Steve Staios, whose slap shot was stopped by Cloutier.
But the rebound bounced out to Horcoff and he chipped it into the open
Allen pulled the Canucks even late in the first period. Sanderson dropped
the puck for Allen, who was trailing on a rush and ripped a shot past
Markkanen's glove from the high slot.