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12/31/2006 1:02:43 AM


EDMONTON (CP) - Daniel Sedin had two goals and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks continued their strong post-Christmas break play with a 6-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

Mattias Ohlund added two goals and Sami Salo and Jan Bulis one apiece for the Canucks while Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Shawn Horcoff answered for Edmonton.

With their third consecutive victory the Canucks (20-18-1) took over sole possession of first place in the tight Northwest Division.

The Oilers (18-17-2) slipped three points back of the leaders and have now won just two of their last nine games.

The Canucks struck first 8:38 in as Markus Naslund was able to feed a bouncing puck to Jan Bulis, who had an easy tap in past Edmonton starter Jussi Markkanen.

Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo made a couple of huge stops to keep his team in front after the first.

The Canucks added to their lead on the power play just two minutes into the second as Daniel Sedin did a masterful job of deflecting a point shot into the top corner past Markkanen.

Vancouver then jumped ahead by four with a couple late second-period goals.

One second after an Oilers penalty had expired, Sami Salo blasted a bullet glove side past a partially screened Markkanen. Less than two minutes later, the Canucks got another power-play goal when Toby Petersen whiffed on a clearing attempt and Mattias Ohlund took advantage to make it 4-0 after two periods of play.

Luongo ended his own shutout bid 40 seconds into the third when he mishandled a puck behind the Canucks net and Ryan Smyth was there to feed it in front to Marc-Antoine Pouliot, who chipped the puck in.

But the Canucks were able to restore their advantage on Ohlund's second of the game, as he picked up a pass as he came out of the penalty box and the beating Markkanen with a backhand shot.

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