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Gagner helps Oilers keep slim playoff hopes alive

CBSSports.com wire reports
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EDMONTON, Alberta -- Sam Gagner had a goal and two assists, Dwayne Roloson made 43 saves and the Edmonton Oilers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Ales Kotalik, Denis Grebeshkov, Ales Hemsky and Sheldon Souray also scored to help the Oilers snap a three-game losing streak.

"It just feels good to win a game and to get some smiles around here," Oilers captain Ethan Moreau said. "We just want those last two games against Calgary to mean something More for our own psyche than anything else."

Edmonton is three points behind St. Louis and Nashville in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

"It was a big win, for sure," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish after his 300th career win. "It buys us a little time and buys us a little hope and that's all we could ask for going into the game tonight."

Mason Raymond, Kyle Wellwood and Alex Burrows scored for Vancouver. The Canucks missed an chance to move two points ahead of Calgary for the Northwest Division lead.

"At the end of the day, their goaltender played a real solid game," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "In my mind he was the difference in this game. One thing that was uncharacteristic was when ever we got close we made mistakes that we don't usually make and they found a way to put it in the back of our net, so they made us pay for our mistakes and we weren't able to do the same thing."

Kotalik opened the scoring 27 seconds into the first period, picking up a rebound on Shawn Horcoff's shot and stuffing it past Roberto Luongo.

The Oilers made it 2-0 midway through the second. Gagner's wide shot bounced off the boards to Grebeshkov and he was able to hook the puck in while lying on his back after being knocked down in front of the net.

The Canucks finally got a goal seven minutes into the third when Mats Sundin sent a backhand to Raymond in front of the net and he was somehow able to stuff in it between Roloson and the post.

The Oilers regained the two-goal cushion midway through the third on Gagner's highlight-reel goal. He danced past a pair of defenders, then deked Luongo with a backhander to make it 3-1.

Vancouver pulled within one again with seven minutes when Burrows scored on a breakaway. Roloson made the initial save, but Burrows was able to tuck in his own rebound for his 28th goal of the season.

But just two minutes later, Edmonton struck again as Souray earned his 50th point of the season with a power-play blast.

The Canucks cut the lead to one once more with just 1:37 to go on Wellwood's power- play goal, but Hemsky countered with an empty-net goal.

Notes

  • The teams spilt the season series 3-3.
  • Taylor Pyatt was not with the Canucks after returning home to Thunder Bay, Ontario. His fiancee died in a car crash in Jamaica this week.
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Sam Gagner stays involved in the Oilers' win by providing a goal and a pair of assists.  (AP)
Sam Gagner stays involved in the Oilers' win by providing a goal and a pair of assists. (AP)
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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
27.0Ales Kotalik (19), Wrist Shot. Assist: Horcoff, Souray
2ND PERIOD
08:14Denis Grebeshkov (7), Tip-In. Assist: Gagner, O'Sullivan
3RD PERIOD
06:51Mason Raymond (11), Backhand Shot. Assist: Sundin, Ohlund
10:28Sam Gagner (16), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
12:51Alexandre Burrows (28), Tip-In. Assist: Sedin, Salo
14:49Power Play - Sheldon Souray (22), Snap Shot. Assist: Hemsky, Gagner
18:23Power Play - Kyle Wellwood (18), Backhand Shot. Assist: Kesler, Demitra
18:58Ales Hemsky (23), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:03Peckham, 2 min, Interference
07:42Hemsky, 2 min, Hooking
11:11Edler, 2 min, Hooking
15:28Sedin, 2 min, Holding
20:00Stortini, 5 min, Fighting
20:00Rypien, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
52.0Grebeshkov, 2 min, Hooking
19:10Staios, 2 min, Cross-Checking
3RD PERIOD
01:27Kesler, 2 min, Tripping
13:36Burrows, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
16:32Moreau, 2 min, Slashing
19:37Burrows, 2 min, Interference
19:37Burrows, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
 123T
Vancouver10221446
Edmonton88925
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Roberto Luongo59:33204
Dwayne Roloson59:58433
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Vancouver1-for-5
Edmonton1-for-5
Game Information
Attendance - 16839
Referees - Dennis LaRue, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Don Henderson, Thor Nelson
 
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NYR   1:00
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Mon   7:00
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NJ   7:00
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Phi   7:00
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Pitt   7:00
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Car  
TB   7:00
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NYI  
Colu   8:00
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Nash  
StL   8:00
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Dal  
Ana   10:00
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SJ  
Pho   10:30
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