Series (Game 6 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Saturday, October 25th
Game 2: Saturday, December 13th
Game 3: Wednesday, December 17th
Game 4: Friday, December 26th
Game 5: Wednesday, January 7th
Game 6: Saturday, April 4th

Canucks 3

(42-26-10, 94 pts)

Oilers 5

(37-33-9, 83 pts)

Coverage: CBC

10:00 PM ET, April 4, 2009

Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
VAN 0 0 33
EDM 1 1 35

S. Gagner (Oilers - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

D. Roloson (Oilers - G): Saves: 43, Save Pct.: .935

M. Sundin (Canucks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Gagner's three points keep Oilers alive as Edmonton dispatches Canucks

Associated Press

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Sam Gagner had a goal and two assists, Dwayne Roloson made 43 saves and the Edmonton Oilers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Ales Kotalik, Denis Grebeshkov, Ales Hemsky and Sheldon Souray also scored to help the Oilers snap a three-game losing streak.

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"It just feels good to win a game and to get some smiles around here," Oilers captain Ethan Moreau said. "We just want those last two games against Calgary to mean something More for our own psyche than anything else."

Edmonton is three points behind St. Louis and Nashville in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

"It was a big win, for sure," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish after his 300th career win. "It buys us a little time and buys us a little hope and that's all we could ask for going into the game tonight."

Fast Facts

• The Oilers won for just the second time in their last eight games.

• The Canucks lost for just the fourth time in their last 12 games.

• Dwayne Roloson has allowed three-plus goals in eight of his last nine games.

• Vancouver has 75 goals in 36 losses (26 regulation, 10 OT/SO) this season as opposed to 161 goals in 42 wins.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Mason Raymond, Kyle Wellwood and Alex Burrows scored for Vancouver. The Canucks missed an chance to move two points ahead of Calgary for the Northwest Division lead.

"At the end of the day, their goaltender played a real solid game," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "In my mind he was the difference in this game. One thing that was uncharacteristic was when ever we got close we made mistakes that we don't usually make and they found a way to put it in the back of our net, so they made us pay for our mistakes and we weren't able to do the same thing."

Kotalik opened the scoring 27 seconds into the first period, picking up a rebound on Shawn Horcoff's shot and stuffing it past Roberto Luongo.

The Oilers made it 2-0 midway through the second. Gagner's wide shot bounced off the boards to Grebeshkov and he was able to hook the puck in while lying on his back after being knocked down in front of the net.

The Canucks finally got a goal 7 minutes into the third when Mats Sundin sent a backhand to Raymond in front of the net and he was somehow able to stuff in it between Roloson and the post.

The Oilers regained the two-goal cushion midway through the third on Gagner's highlight-reel goal. He danced past a pair of defenders, then deked Luongo with a backhander to make it 3-1.

Vancouver pulled within one again with 7 minutes when Burrows scored on a breakaway. Roloson made the initial save, but Burrows was able to tuck in his own rebound for his 28th goal of the season.

But just 2 minutes later, Edmonton struck again as Souray earned his 50th point of the season with a power-play blast.

The Canucks cut the lead to one once more with just 1:37 to go on Wellwood's power- play goal, but Hemsky countered with an empty-net goal.

Game notes

The teams spilt the season series 3-3. ... Taylor Pyatt was not with the Canucks after returning home to Thunder Bay, Ontario. His fiancee died in a car crash in Jamaica this week.

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