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Oilers fall in overtime

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Dwayne Roloson got the start in goal for Edmonton for the second consecutive night. Also drawing into the lineup was Mathieu Roy on defence and Brad Winchester on the fourth line, replacing Ladislav Smid and J-F Jacques.

The game flowed well in the first period with neither team getting much in the way of scoring chances until Daniel Sedin wristed a shot from the right side of the net but it rang off the post.

Nedved, Sykora and Hemsky had a good shift following the Canucks' chance. Luongo had to be sharp in kicking away a blast from the slot by Sykora.

Roloson made another good stop on a tricky backhand from Ryan Kesler after the puck bounced off the end boards.

After one, shots on goal were 9-8 for the Oilers.

Shawn Horcoff's shot off the rush early in the second rang off the outside of the post behind Luongo.

Horcoff had another opportunity several minutes later. Bergeron blasted a shot from the high slot that Luongo kicked into the corner. Horcoff then picked up the puck after it ricocheted off the side boards but his shot once again rang off the post.

Vancouver scored the game's first goal on their first shot of the second period, 7:53 in. Just about a minute after a penalty to Steve Staios expired, Matt Cooke wristed a shot off the side boards that went off the skate of Staios in front of the net and beat Roloson through the five hole.

Several minutes later, the Oilers scored to tie the game at 1-1. Jan Hejda rang the puck into the zone alone the boards and Torres chipped it along the wall to Pisani in the slot. Pisani made no mistake, wiring the puck top corner behind Luongo.

Jeff Cowan almost put the home team ahead by a goal with eight minutes to play in the second. After blocking a shot by Jason Smith, he skated in on a two-on-one with Alex Burrows. Cowan elected to shoot but Hejda, the lone defenceman back, made a nice move to slide over and block the shot.

After two, shots on goal were 18-14 in favour of Edmonton.

Vancouver struck early in the third to put themselves back in the lead. Shortly after winning a faceoff, Henrik Sedin slid the puck to his brother Daniel and his shot went low inside the far post to beat Roloson.

On the play, Naslund contacted Roloson in the crease and knocked the stick out of his hand just before the goal was scored.

The Oilers had several chances to tie the game as the period went on. Smyth teed up a shot from the high slot that Luongo stopped but the puck then took a weird hop over the Canucks net.

Also, Lupul made a nice move before backhanding a shot in-close on Luongo.

With time ticking down in the third, the "Czechmates" line of Nedved, Sykora and Hemsky struck to tie the game at 2-2. Nedved carried the puck up ice before dishing it over to Hemsky. The slick-skating winger then threw it back to Nedved in the slot. He teed up a shot that Luongo saved with his right pad but Sykora was right there to bang home the rebound.

Edmonton had a 28-23 shot advantage after regulation time.
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