Power play lifts Oilers past Canucks

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.”

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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.”