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Torres nets equalizer in regulation, Oilers win in shootout

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Raffi Torres had a productive 24th
birthday party at the Vancouver Canucks' expense.

Torres scored the second of his two power-play goals with 23
seconds left in regulation and also had a shootout goal in the
Edmonton Oilers' 4-3 victory over the Canucks on Saturday night.

"It was definitely intense," Torres said. "Look at the passes
I got from my linemates."

In the shootout, Torres and Ales Hemsky beat Canucks goalie Dan
Cloutier, while Vancouver's Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi failed
in their attempts against the Oilers' Jussi Markkanen.

"I was shaky before the game," said Markkanen, activated
Friday after recovering from a broken collarbone. "I just tried to
read what they were going to do."

Shawn Horcoff also scored in regulation for the Oilers.

"It was an amazing win," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.
"We didn't get out-skilled tonight."

Naslund had two power-play goals and also assisted on Sami
Salo's goal for Vancouver, which was 3-for-12 with the man
advantage.

"We've got to put teams away when we have chances," Naslund
said.

The Oilers lost star forward Ryan Smyth in the first period
because of a sprained left knee, and power-play point man Jarret
Stoll limped off in the second after a crushing hit from Bryan
Allen.

Game notes
Edmonton outshot Vancouver 21-10 in the second period and
34-31 overall. ... Mike Peca earned his first point with the Oilers
with an assist on Torres' tying goal.