Canucks have lost five of last six games


EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Eric Brewer made sure the Edmonton
Oilers earned a full two points.

The defenseman scored at 3:56 of overtime to give the Edmonton
Oilers a 4-3 victory over the slumping Vancouver on Saturday night.

"That was really our only goal once we got into overtime,"
Brewer said. "We battled like crazy to get there. I thought we
played really well. Guys moved the puck well, played the type of
game we needed to."

Brewer hit the post on his first attempt, but got his stick on
the puck while falling and pushed it past goalie Dan Cloutier.

"I'm glad (it went in) because I don't know if I'd have been
skating down to the other end," Brewer said.

Adam Oates scored his first goal in 39 games this season for the
Oilers, and set up Ales Hemsky's goal that tied it at 3 at 4:21 of
the third period.

Fernando Pisani also scored for the Oilers.

"We haven't had a lot of breaks this year and we created our
own break in the end," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "Brew
made a terrific play. It was a great feeling for our team and it
will give us a lot of energy coming into the rink tomorrow."

Artem Chubarov, Marek Malik and Daniel Sedin scored for Canucks
and Todd Bertuzzi had two assists. Vancouver has lost two straight
and five of its last six games.

Vancouver, which twice blew one-goal leads, was again without
injured captain Markus Naslund (concussion).

"Overall, we just got to strive to get better and play like we
did to get the leads," Bertuzzi said. "We tied it up, we came
right back, tied it up and then got the lead. We've got to play
better with the lead and we've got to continue to go forward
instead of sitting back."

Edmonton was 2-for-5 with the man advantage and has scored a
power-play goal in four consecutive games, the longest streak for
the team this season.<
^Notes@: Oates' has 1,411 points, moving him to 14th on the career
scoring list. ... Wrestler Bill Goldberg sat behind the Edmonton s
bench. ... Edmonton speedster Tony Salmelainen saw action in his
11th game of the season after a recent callup from the AHL's
Toronto Roadrunners. Salmelainen took the spot of Radek Dvorak,
sidelined by a groin injury.