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Canadian Press
10/18/2006 12:02:26 AM

EDMONTON (CP) - Two goals on their first two shots of the game proved to be all the Edmonton Oilers needed as they slipped past the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 Tuesday night. The win gave the Oilers a split in a two game home-and-home series with the Canucks.

Ethan Moreau blasted a slapshot from the point over the shoulder of Canucks starter Dany Sabourin just 51 seconds in, scoring on Edmonton's first shot of the game.

Two minutes later, the Oilers made it two-for-two when rookie Patrick Thoresen slipped a shot past Sabourin that the Vancouver goalie would probably like to have back.

Oilers netminder Jussi Markkanen, making his first start since Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, showed a bit of rust in the Edmonton net early, but he was able to correct his miscues. With the Oilers on the power play, Markkanen coughed up the puck behind the net but was able to recover and made a save on a desperate leap to keep Edmonton ahead 2-0.

Vancouver had a glorious chance to get back into the game midway through the third with a two-man advantage, but they couldn't beat Markkanen.

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