Power play lifts Oilers past Canucks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Shawn Horcoff and

defenseman Sheldon Souray both scored on two-man advantages in

the second period as the Edmonton Oilers held on for a 3-2

victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

Dwayne Roloson made 26 saves and Marc Pouliot opened the scoring

for the Oilers, who have won back-to-back contests following a

three-game losing streak.

"Not the way we want to get it done, but we'll take it," Horcoff

said. "It's a good game for us, a good road game. Second

period, played great. PP was good, PK came up big when we

needed it. Just a good win."

Ales Hemsky and blue-liner Lubomir Visnovsky had two assists

apiece for Edmonton, which has won three of its last four road


Mason Raymond and Kyle Wellwood each netted a goal and Curtis

Sanford turned aside 20 shots for the Canucks, who have lost

three of their last four games after defeating the Oilers, 4-2,

nine days ago.

"We came out strong in the third," Sanford said. "I guess it's

a good thing to maybe take it into the next game. It's

definitely something to build on."

After Pouliot's goal at the 4:27 mark of the middle session,

Edmonton built a 3-0 edge by capitalizing on Vancouver's


With Daniel Sedin and defenseman Mattias Ohlund in the penalty

box, Hemsky made a perfect pass from the goalline to Horcoff,

who fired a wrist shot past Sanford at 8:31.

"That's just Hemmer," Horcoff said of the pass. "Willie

(Mitchell) was hurt there, I know he got hit with the (puck) and

he was laboring a bit. At first, it was tight to the net and

once he turned his head to focus on Hemmer, I just tried to get

open to the slot and he just made a perfect pass."

The Oilers took advantage of another 5-on-3 power play later in

the session, when Souray took a pass from Hemsky in the high

slot and blasted a slap shot between the pads of a screened

Sanford with 3:14 left.

"We took advantage of the power plays that we had in the second

period, particular the 5-on-3s," Souray said. "We haven't had a

lot of those this year, and it seems like the last three or four

games we've got a few of them."

"It's tough," Vancouver's Ryan Kesler said of the penalties.

"It's one thing to be 5-on-4, it's another thing to be 5-on-3.

We're finding ourselves in way too many situations like that and

it's showing up on the scoreboard. We have to be more


The Canucks battled back into the game after Raymond turned the

momentum with 31 seconds left in the second, notching his ninth

goal of the season after his attempted centering pass was


Wellwood cut the deficit to 3-2 at 1:46 of the final period, but

Vancouver failed to get the equalizer despite having a 14-3 shot

advantage in the third.

"Obviously we got down 3-0 pretty early," Canucks defenseman

Kevin Bieksa said. "We're not happy with that, but we're happy

with the second half of the game and the way we played in the

third period when we started coming off the walls and generating

some chances."


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