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10/17/2006 12:58:17 AM

VANCOUVER (CP) - Defenceman Sami Salo celebrated his return to the lineup by scoring a goal late in the second period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 NHL win over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night.

The hard-shooting Salo gave the Canucks the lead with one minute left in the period.

Showing no effects of the groin injury that kept him out of Friday night's game, Salo swooped around the Oilers net, then fired a seeing-eye shot that snaked through several Edmonton players and behind goaltender Dwayne Roloson.

At the final buzzer several players exchanged punches but the scuffles ended quickly.

Big forward Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Canucks, who ended a three-game winless skid. Vancouver's record improved to 3-2-1.

Raffi Torres, with his first goal of the year, scored for the Oilers who are 3-2-0. Edmonton saw a two-game win streak snapped.

The Canucks outshot the Oilers 37-18 and showed more hustle and heart than they did in Friday's home-opening loss to San Jose.

Scoring remains a problem for Vancouver. In an effort to generate more offence coach Alain Vigneault moved centre Ryan Kesler onto the second line where he played right wing with Brendan Morrison and left-winger Jan Bulis.

The unit worked hard, and used its speed to create some chances, but still couldn't find a touch around the net. Kesler and Bulis have yet to score a goal this season.

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