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10/28/2006 1:21:17 AM


VANCOUVER (CP) - Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison scored shootout goals to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Naslund, who missed several chances during regulation time, deked Washington goalie Olie Kolzig and scored on a backhand.

Morrison threaded a puck between Kolzig's legs minutes after Alex Ovechkin's attempt hit the inside post.

The Canucks won for the fourth time in five games to improve to 7-4-1, while Washington suffered its third shootout loss in seven games and slipped to 3-2-4.

Kolzig was brilliant, making 42 saves after an impressive 45-save effort Wednesday night in a victory over the Dallas Stars.

In the final eight minutes, he sprawled to beat Lukas Krajicek, stopped a Kevin Bieksa blast from trickling through, and saw Henrik Sedin graze the goalpost.

After being outshot 16-1 in the opening period, the Capitals got a lift from a power-play goal to earn a 2-2 tie entering the third period.

Zubris got his fourth goal in five games at 16:49 of the middle frame when Washington enjoyed a 5-on-3 advantage. He was alone at the side of the net when an Ovechkin shot deflected to him off a Vancouver defender, catching netminder Roberto Luongo out of position.

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