2/2/2007 1:12:02 AM
VANCOUVER (CP) - Marc Chouinard, Markus Naslund and Jan Bulis scored third-period goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.
Naslund put Vancouver ahead 4-2 at 18:03 when he sidestepped defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron and backhanded the puck between the legs of goalie Dwayne Roloson for his 16th goal of the season.
Chouinard scored what proved to be the winner when he scooped up a puck at the Vancouver blue-line and led a two-man break at 7:27.
Mattias Ohlund and Henrik Sedin also scored for the Canucks (29-19-4), who moved atop the Northwest Division standings and improved to 10-10-1 within its conference.
Marty Reasoner, Toby Peterson and Joffrey Lupul scored for Edmonton (25-23-4), which lost for the first time in three games overall but suffered its fourth defeat in six games to Vancouver.
Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo kept his club in front after Reasoner scored at 12:03 of the second to cut Edmonton's deficit to 2-1. Luongo made a nice blocker save on Ales Hemsky, then foiled Fernando Pisani from the side of the net.
Chouinard, with his first goal in 17 games, restored a two-goal cushion when he scooped up a puck at the Vancouver blue-line and lead a two-man break. The fourth-line centre made a nice deke on Roloson, then flipped a backhand shot into the net.