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Canucks slide past Oilers in OT

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Canadian Press
1/6/2007 12:57:58 AM

VANCOUVER (CP) - Matt Cooke's goal at 1:24 of overtime gave Vancouver a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night, and extended the Canucks' winning streak to six games.

It was the second goal of the game for Cooke, who has struggled to score most of the season. Daniel Sedin scored the other Vancouver goal as the Canucks improved to 23-18-1.

Fernando Pisani and Petr Sykora replied for the Oilers, who fell to 19-19-3.

Both teams were playing their third game in four nights and looked tired. Only four penalties were called the entire game and all goals were scored at even strength.

The Oilers were looking to atone for blowing a 4-1 lead in Thursday's shootout loss to Dallas and came out strong in the early going, but Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo came up big in the scoreless first period. He stymied Oiler sniper Sykora on three dangerous chances.

Cooke gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 7:53 of the second period as his pass intended for Ryan Kesler went into the net off Edmonton defenceman Steve Staios.

Pisani drew the visitors even at 1-1 less than two minutes later. Rookie defenceman Jan Hejda's dump-in from outside the Vancouver blue-line caromed off the end boards right to Raffi Torres, who outskated a few Canucks and delivered a deft one-touch pass to Pisani. He beat Luongo with a high wrist shot from the slot.

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