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Oilers Suffer Narrow Miss in Vancouver

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
In the shootout, Markus Naslund scored Vancouver's first goal while Ryan Smyth responded for Edmonton on a controversial marker.

Smyth's shot initially did not go in but Alex Auld's momentum carried the puck across the goal line. After a lengthy video review that lasted almost 10 minutes, it was finally ruled a goal.

The nine-minute delay didn't faze Jarkko Ruutu, who scored on a backhand deke. Michael Peca came back and fired the puck top corner to keep the Oilers alive before Bertuzzi sealed the Canucks' victory.

It didn't take long for the two teams to renew acquaintances at the start of the game as Peca absolutely clocked Ryan Kesler as the Canucks forward broke toward the Oilers net.

On that same play, the puck entered the net at the same time Kesler crashed into Roloson but after a lengthy review, it was ruled that the net was dislodged before the puck crossed the line.

Midway through the opening period, Todd Bertuzzi scored to put the Oilers ahead 1-0. Bertuzzi picked up his own rebound behind the Edmonton net, skated out in front and wristed it low through the five-hole on the Oilers netminder to give Vancouver the lead.

Shortly after the Vancouver goal, the Oilers went on their second power play of the period. Sergei Samsonov came within inches of tying it up on a backhander but his shot went just wide of the post.

Shots on goal after the first were 7-6 for Vancouver. After the period, Vancouver had a 12-7 margin on faceoffs over Edmonton.

The Canucks' top line of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Anson Carter teamed up to put Vancouver ahead 2-0 early in the second. Daniel found Carter in the slot but Roloson made a great save on the initial shot. However, the rebound went straight to Henrik who deposited the puck in the short side.

After falling behind by two, the Oilers started to put the pressure on Vancouver to try and get back in the game.

Jarret Stoll found Torres open just inside the right point and Raffi blasted it past Auld to make it 2-1.

Late in the period during a Canucks power play, Jason Smith got under the skin of Bertuzzi as the two battled in front of Roloson.

Coming back the other way, the Oilers responded to tie the game at 2-2. Sergei Samsonov's shot off the rush was stopped by Auld but the rebound went right to Torres who scored to put the teams back on even terms.

48 seconds later, Anson Carter lost control of the puck in his own zone, putting the puck right on Fernando Pisani's stick. Pisani slipped it past Auld to give Edmonton its first lead of the night.

After two, shots on goal were 21-12 in favour of the Oilers.

Edmonton looked to extend their lead during a Canucks power play early in the third period. Pisani created a turnover in the neutral zone after poking the puck away from Kevin Bieksa and broke in alone on Auld. However, the Canucks netminder made an outstanding save. Vancouver was not able to get a shot on goal during the power play.

Just past the midway point of the third, Markus Naslund scored to tie the game at 3-3. Naslund carried the puck from behind the Oilers goal out to the right circle where he rifled it past Roloson.

Naslund, reunited on a line with Bertuzzi for the third period, looked like a player on a mission. With just over a minute to play he hung on to the puck for a good 10 seconds behind the net before coming out in front to force a scoring chance.

Shots were 6-5 in the third for a total of 26-18 for Edmonton after regulation time.

In overtime, Samsonov and Horcoff looked to recreate the magic from the Flames game. A minute into the extra frame, the slick Russian winger sped around the Canucks zone creating several chances.

Shootout Results:
(Goal scorers in bold)

Ales Hemsky, Ryan Smyth, Michael Peca

Markus Naslund, Jarkko Ruutu, Todd Bertuzzi

NOTES: Rem Murray made his return to the lineup with Radek Dvorak out with a hip flexor injury... Dick Tarnstrom also returned to the lineup from a groin injury that had sidelined him for five games... Raffi Torres has scored seven goals this season against Vancouver including three in the last two games.
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