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NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Vancouver



(Friday, January 5th)

Final Score: Vancouver 3, Edmonton 2 (OT)

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Matt Cooke scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:24 into overtime as Vancouver remained hot with a 3-2 win over Edmonton.

Petr Sykora managed to tie the game with 2:56 left in the third, but the Oilers got caught too deep in the Canucks' zone in the extra session and Vancouver made them pay.

Kevin Bieksa and Cooke broke out for a two-on-none break before Edmonton defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron managed to catch up to the two skaters. Bieksa, though, crossed up Bergeron before finding Cooke for the game-winner.

"They got caught jumping up in the play and I had a chance to get forward," said Bieksa. "Cookie did a good job there and I saw (Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson) coming out, so I just dished it off."

Brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin hooked up for Vancouver's other goal while Roberto Luongo finished with 26 saves for the Canucks, who won their sixth game in a row.

"We've been playing well and we're getting the results right now," said Bieksa. "We just got to try to build off of this and keep moving forward."

Luongo has now won six consecutive starts and has yielded two or less goals in five of those outings.

Fernando Pisani scored the other goal for the Oilers, who have dropped two straight and six of their last seven games. Dwayne Roloson ended with 21 saves.

After a scoreless first period, Cooke threw a pass in front of the net that deflected off the skate of Edmonton defenseman Steve Staios and past Roloson to give Edmonton the first goal.

The Oilers answered just over a minute later as Raffi Torres sent a pretty no- look pass into the high-slot for Pisani, who fired the puck over a diving Canucks player and into the top left corner of the Vancouver net.

Vancouver took a 2-1 lead 5:08 into the final period as Henrik and Daniel Sedin hooked up for a score.

However, with 2:56 left in regulation, Sykora's 16th goal of the year sent the game into overtime. Ales Hemsky circled around the net before finding Petr Nedved in the slot. Luongo managed to stop Nedved's initial shot, but Sykora was there to stuff home the rebound.

"I thought we did well to get back into the game, but we're disappointed that we fell short in the end," said Sykora. "We came back again in the third, but it always seems that when we make one mistake, it goes in our net."

Game Notes

Nedved, who was released by the Philadelphia Flyers this season, has a goal and an assist in two games since signing with the Oilers...Edmonton and Vancouver both went 0-for-2 on the power play.

01/06 01:47:23 ET


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