Final OT

Series (Game 5 of 6)

Vancouver leads 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 11th
Oilers0Final
Canucks3
Game 2: Saturday, December 20th
Canucks3Final
Oilers0
Game 3: Saturday, December 27th
Oilers6Final
Canucks2
Game 4: Saturday, February 21st
Canucks3Final
OT
Oilers4
Game 5: Friday, March 12th
Canucks4Final
OT
Oilers3
Game 6: Saturday, April 3rd
Oilers2Final
Canucks5

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

Oilers play record seventh straight OT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Vancouver Canucks obviously haven't forgotten about Todd Bertuzzi.

But a pair of trade deadline acquisitions, Geoff Sanderson and Martin Rucinsky, are helping minimize losing one of the league's top power forwards for the rest of the season and the playoffs.

"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 even.<

"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 Conference.<

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."

With the score tied 1-1 early in the second period, Nedved scooped up Marc-Andre Bergeron's rebound, patiently circled the traffic in front of goalie Dan Cloutier and lifted a shot into the net.

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.

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