"It's only my second game, but coming to a dangerous offensive
team like this is a lot of fun, you get a lot of chances,"
Sanderson said after scoring in overtime to give the Canucks a
comeback 4-3 win over the Oilers on Friday night.
"It's pretty easy coming to a great team like this," said
Sanderson, who deked around goalie Jussi Markkanen and tucked in
his 15th goal at 4:27 of the extra period, completing a perfectly
executed two-on-one break with Vancouver captain Markus Naslund.
"I gave him a bad pass and he gave me a great one right in the
crease," Sanderson said about the winning goal<
Sanderson, who scored Vancouver's only goal in a 1-1 tie with
Minnesota on Wednesday, was acquired from Columbus on March 9, the
same day the Canucks picked up Rucinsky from the New York Rangers.<
Rucinsky had a goal and an assist against the Oilers, setting up
Brendan Morrison's third-period equalizer.
"They've both done a great job so far," Morrison said about
his two new teammates. "They're paying immediate dividends."<
Trailing 3-2, Morrison chipped in Daniel Sedin's rebound with
7:04 to go in the third period, his 18th goal, to pull the Canucks
"Both (Rucinsky) and Geoff have been great additions," said
Naslund. "These guys have brought a lot to our lineup. There's a
lot of positives to take out of this.
"We're not using Todd's absence as an excuse. We're trying to
find ways to win -- to win for Todd."
Bryan Allen also scored for the Canucks, who have two wins in
their last six games and remained fourth in the Western
Petr Nedved had two second-period power play goals and Shawn
Horcoff opened the scoring for the Oilers, who've played an
NHL-record seven straight overtime games.
Edmonton is 2-0-2-3 in those seven and is five points behind
Nashville and Los Angeles for eighth in the Western Conference.<
"They're too good a team to sit on a lead against," said
Nedved. "They showed that tonight."
Before Edmonton's overtime streak, which began with a Feb. 29
loss in Dallas, the NHL record for consecutive overtime games was
five, accomplished eight times by seven teams.
"It's frustrating," said Horcoff. "We needed two points and
these one-point games arent doing it for us. Time is running out
and we've got to start winning hockey games."
Nedved added his 17th of the season and third as an Oiler,
beating Cloutier with a wrist shot from the faceoff circle.<
Eric Brewer earned assists on both of Nedved's goals.
Rucinsky trimmed Edmonton's lead to 3-2 with his 14th of the
season and first as a Canuck. Rucinsky, also a trade deadline
acquisition from the Rangers, took a lead pass from Naslund, raced
up ice and beat Markkanen to the far side with a high shot.
Markkanen was reacquired by the Oilers in the same trade that
brought Nedved to town.
Sanderson, Morrison and Rucinsky each finished with a goal and
an assist for the Canucks.<
Horcoff opened the scoring 2:15 into the game, his 15th of the
season. Ryan Smyth dropped the puck just inside the Vancouver blue
line and it sat there waiting for Steve Staios, whose slap shot was
stopped by Cloutier.
But the rebound bounced out to Horcoff and he chipped it into
the open side.<
Allen pulled the Canucks even late in the first period.
Sanderson dropped the puck for Allen, who was trailing on a rush
and ripped a shot past Markkanen's glove from the high slot.<
^Notes: Winger Ales Hemsky was a healthy scratch for the Oilers
and center Mike York missed his second straight game with a finger
injury. ... Adam Oates picked up an assist on Nedved's second goal,
giving Oates 1,414 career points. He's now tied with Doug Gilmour
at 13th on the NHL's points list, 11 behind Bryan Trottier. ... The
Canucks and Oilers conclude their six-game season series on April 3
in Vancouver, the final regular-season game for both teams.
...Oilers wingers Fernando Pisani and Raffi Torres both played
their 100th NHL games Friday night.