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Oilers double up Canucks 2-1

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
It didn't take Edmonton long to get on the board. 51 seconds in, Ethan Moreau caught the puck along the left side boards, put it down and then hammered it over the shoulder of Canucks starting netminder Dany Sabourin to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

Edmonton almost scored again 30 seconds later. Shawn Horcoff scored but the goal was waved off due to Ryan Smyth being in the crease. Smyth actually slid right into the net, and jarred it from its supports.

Just over two minutes later, Patrick Thoresen scooped up a rebound in the slot and flicked it just inside the right post behind Sabourin.

The first penalty of the game was taken almost 12 minutes into the opening frame when Marty Reasoner was sent off for hooking. 1:15 later, Matt Greene took a holding penalty to put the Oilers down two men for 45 seconds.

Shortly after the Reasoner penalty expired, Jan Bulis of Vancouver was penalized for high sticking, ending the Canucks' power play.

With Edmonton on a power play in the final seconds of the period, Sabourin made a huge save on Ales Hemsky to keep his team in the game. Hemsky took a one timer from the side of the net but Sabourin was able to dive across and get his blocker on it.

After one period, Edmonton had a 7-5 edge in shots.

The Oilers had a close call while on the power play early in the second. Jussi Markkanen was stripped of the puck behind his net but managed to scramble back to keep the puck out.

Edmonton was unable to generate any shots on the power play and did not get a shot on net in the period until the 9:09 mark. To that point, Vancouver was outshooting the Oilers 4-0 in the middle frame.

10:30 into the period, Thoresen came close to getting his second goal of the game. He one-timed a pass at the top of the crease and Sabourin just barely managed to get the heel of his stick on the puck to make an unbelievable save.

With five minutes left in the second, the Oilers had another chance to score during a scramble in front. Torres poked away at the puck but Sabourin shut the door.

After two, shots were 15-9 for the Oilers. After Vancouver had the first four shots of the period, Edmonton had the next eight to end the period.

The Canucks shook up their lines in the third period in an effort to generate offence, taking Markus Naslund off a line with the Sedins and putting him with former "West Coast Express" linemate Brendan Morrison as well as Jan Bulis. Ryan Kesler was paired with the Sedins.

With 11:20 left in the third, penalties to Stoll and Moreau 58 seconds apart gave the visitors a two-man advantage for just over a minute.

The Oilers did a good job on the penalty kill, limiting Vancouver's chances to only three shots while down two men. When called upon, Jussi Markkanen was able to keep the Canucks off the board. Just as the Moreau minor expired, Matt Cooke was sent off for goaltender interference.

With four minutes to go, Sabourin made a nice glove save off Matt Greene's shot from the right point to help keep it a two-goal game.

At the 17:23 mark of period three, Daniel Tjarnqvist was called for interference. The Canucks pulled Sabourin to make it a six-on-four and it didn't take Vancouver long to convert and make it 2-1.

Daniel Sedin cradled the puck behind the Oilers net before throwing it in front to Markus Naslund who lifted it over Markkanen for the goal.

20 seconds after the goal, Ethan Moreau broke in alone on the Canucks net. He attempted a backhand deke but the Vancouver goaltender was able to get a glove on the puck.

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