Final OT

Series (Game 5 of 6)

Vancouver leads 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 11th
Game 2: Saturday, December 20th
Game 3: Saturday, December 27th
Game 4: Saturday, February 21st
Game 5: Friday, March 12th
Game 6: Saturday, April 3rd

Canucks 4

(37-21-4, 87 pts)

Oilers 3

(28-27-4, 72 pts)

9:00 PM ET, March 12, 2004

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
VAN 1 1 1 14
EDM 1 2 0 03

P. Nedved (Oilers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Rucinsky (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

G. Sanderson (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Vancouver (36-21-9-4) at Edmonton (28-27-12-3) 9:00 pm EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- After learning Todd Bertuzzi's fate, the Vancouver Canucks visit the Edmonton Oilers in an important Northwest Division matchup on Friday.

Vanoucover is four points behind the first-place Colorado Avalanche in the Northwest, but will be without Bertuzzi for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs. The All-Star right winger was suspended Thursday for punching Colorado Avalanche rookie Steve Moore in the back of the head and shoving him face-first into the ice in the third period of Monday's 9-2 home loss.

Bertuzzi also served a 10-game suspension in 2001-02 for leaving the bench during a fight.

In their first game without Bertuzzi, the Canucks skated to a 1-1 tie vs. the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Geoff Sanderson, who was acquired from Columbus on Tuesday, began his second stint with Vancouver by scoring a power-play goal with 4:17 remaining in the third period.

Sanderson played nine games with Vancouver during the 1997-98 season and logged nearly 17 minutes Wednesday.

Edmonton is 10th in the Western Conference, six points behind Nashville and Los Angeles for the eighth and final spot in the West.

Edmonton has gone to overtime in six straight games, going 2-0-2-2 in that span. The Oilers had a six-game (5-0-1) home unbeaten streak with Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado.

Former Canuck Petr Nedved scored his first goal with Edmonton and Georges Laraque netted his fifth to force overtime.

Making his first start since February 13, Ty Conklin made 27 saves for the Oilers, who were penalized for having too many men on the ice in overtime.

Edmonton has won two of three meetings with Vancouver this season.