Vancouver at Edmonton

Oilers 5, Canucks 3

CBS wire reports

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Raffi Torres knows the key to the Edmonton Oilers' second-line success.

"Confidence," Torres said. "We're reading off each other and having some fun out there."

Torres had a goal and an assist, linemate Jarret Stoll scored two goals and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 on Thursday night for their fourth victory in five games.

Marty Reasoner and Ryan Smyth also scored for Edmonton, and Jussi Markkanen made 23 saves.

"You've got to get dirty sometimes," Stoll said. "Tonight there was a couple of rebound goals, and that's what we need. It's a good step forward."

Stoll and Reasoner scored two minutes apart in the first period. Stoll then drove a long slap shot past Alex Auld in the third, ending the goalie's night after he allowed five goals on 28 shots.

"To point the finger at any one particular player wouldn't be right," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said.

Torres converted on a poor clearing attempt from Canucks defenseman Wade Brookbank to give him six points in his last four games. The Oilers (15-11-1-0) improved to 2-0 against the Canucks this season.

Josh Green, Daniel Sedin and Anson Carter scored for the Canucks (16-9-1-1), who have lost three straight road games. Mattias Ohlund and Henrik Sedin each finished with two assists for Vancouver, which dropped to 5-8-1-1 away from home.

"It's definitely something we need to work on -- our road record," Green said. "You have to be good on the road. We have to get better."

The Canucks also fell to 0-4 in the second of back-to-back games after the Northwest Division leaders beat Colorado 5-2 at home Wednesday.

"It's the mental breakdowns," said Vancouver center Brendan Morrison, held to three shots due to steady defensive work throughout the night by Oilers center Mike Peca.

Green wristed a shot that required video review past Markkanen on the Canucks' first shot of the game 18 seconds in. The first period ended without a penalty.

Smyth took linemate Ales Hemsky's pass to put a soft backhand past Auld in the second for a 3-1 Oilers lead before Torres and Stoll put the game away in the third.

"We didn't really work hard enough to get those ugly goals," Canucks captain Markus Naslund said. "It came down to work ethic, and I thought they worked harder."


Edmonton was 9-5-0 in November. ... Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff hasn't scored in 13 games. ... The Oilers end a three-game homestand Saturday against Boston. ... The Bruins are in Vancouver on Sunday.

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Vancouver (15-9-2)1113
Edmonton  (15-11-1) «2125
Three Stars
J. Stoll

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
R. Torres

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Markkanen

Saves: 23
Save Pct.: .885

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Scoring Summary
00:18Josh Green (2), Snap Shot - Assists: Nolan Baumgartner and Mattias Ohlund
08:25Jarret Stoll (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Radek Dvorak and Raffi Torres
10:35Marty Reasoner (6), Wrist Shot - Assists: Steve Staios and Georges Laraque
04:50Ryan Smyth (12), Slap Shot - Assists: Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff
14:49Power Play - Daniel Sedin (6), Tip-In - Assists: Henrik Sedin and Mattias Ohlund
06:06Raffi Torres (12), Wrist Shot - Unassisted.
14:48Jarret Stoll (10), Slap Shot - Assist: Radek Dvorak
17:09Anson Carter (8), Slap Shot - Assists: Henrik Sedin and Mattias Ohlund
Penalty Summary
01:33Smyth: Hooking - 2 min.
07:57Jovanovski: Holding - 2 min.
12:57Peca: High sticking - 2 min.
15:20Dvorak: Hooking - 2 min.
15:32Cross: Delay of Game - 2 min.
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Edmonton1288 28
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Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Mike Leggo, Rob Martell
Line Judges - Lonnie Cameron, Ryan Galloway
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