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Peca, Oilers dispose of Canucks in OT

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers
Peca and Hemsky broke in on a two-on-one. Hemsky put the puck on Peca's stick in-close as he backhanded it behind Canucks starting netminder Maxime Oullett.

The Oilers started the game with a new look to their lineup. Michael Peca found himself on the top line with Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth, while Shawn Horcoff was demoted to the fourth line playing alongside Georges Laraque and Jani Rita.

Vancouver took an early 1-0 lead after Matt Cooke wired a shot from the high slot that beat Morrison high blocker side.

The Canucks made it 2-0 several minutes later when Todd Bertuzzi scored on a wraparound attempt, chasing Morrison from the nets and replacing him with Jussi Markkanen.

The line juggling continued for Edmonton, moving Peca with Pisani and Moreau. Reasoner was shuffled to the fourth line and Horcoff reunited with Smyth and Hemsky.

11:38 into the period, Edmonton had a chance to get back in it after Anson Carter took a hooking penalty.

On the ensuing power play, a nice three-way passing play between Stoll, Hemsky and Smyth resulted in Ryan Smyth scoring on a tap-in following a picture-perfect feed from Hemsky.

Each team had nine shots on goal but the Oilers trailed 2-1 after one.

The Oilers started the second period on the power play after Brendan Morrison took a holding penalty 1:02 in but the man advantage was short lived as Smyth was called for hooking seconds later.

During the four-on-four situation, Hemsky and Peca broke in on a two-on-one. Hemsky opted to deke around Oullett but couldn't make maneouvre the puck around the Canucks netminder.

Coming back the other way, Henrik Sedin rang a shot off the post.

Edmonton finally tied the game midway through the second while on the power play. Ales Hemsky had oodles of time with the puck on his stick before wristing one by Oullett.

26 seconds later, Todd Bertuzzi netted his second of the game, breaking in and roofing it glove side to make it 3-2.

Just over a minute after Bertuzzi's go-ahead goal, Nolan Baumgartner made a great play to move the puck around Fernando Pisani, eventually resulting in Vancouver's fourth of the night. He dished the puck to Ohlund at the other point, who fired it on net. Anson Carter battled in front to eventually put it behind a sprawled Markkanen.

Shots in the second were 12-5 for the Oilers, although the Canucks outscored the visitors 2-1 in the period and 4-2 overall.

The Oilers struck for a power play goal early in the third to make things interesting. Marty Reasoner cradled a pass across the crease from Fernando Pisani and one-timed it in to cut the deficit to a single goal.

Shortly after their third power play goal of the night, Edmonton had the man advantage once again after a Jarko Ruutu penalty. Vancouver penalty killers were able to weather the storm.

The Canucks continued their parade to the penalty box in the third period after Todd Bertuzzi was whistled for interference. Before Bertuzzi could return to the ice, Ryan Kesler was sent off for hooking.

On the ensuing power play, Oullett made a nice glove stop off a tip in front by Fernando Pisani.

Because of all the penalty trouble, Vancouver did not get its first shot on net in the final frame until the 8:30 mark.

The Canucks finally got some power plays of their own just past the ten-minute mark of the third on a Marc-Andre Bergeron holding penalty. Just as Bergeron came out of the box, Chris Pronger then went to the box to test the Oilers PK unit.

Instead of succumbing to Vancouver's power play pressure, the Oilers came right back down the ice and scored. Shawn Horcoff picked up the stretch pass from Moreau, skated down the left wing and scored to knot it up at 4-4.
NOTES: Mike Morrison got the start in goal for Edmonton, Maxime Oullett for Vancouver... Jani Rita drew back into the lineup with Krys Kolanos a healthy scratch. Radek Dvorak (groin) did not play... Horcoff's goal was just his second in the past 18 games... Moreau extended his career-high scoring streak to six games with an assist on Horcoff's goal... Jarret Stoll left the game after being clipped below the eye late in the third...
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