Series (Game 6 of 8)

Vancouver leads 6-2

Game 1: Monday, October 16th
Game 2: Tuesday, October 17th
Game 3: Monday, December 4th
Game 4: Saturday, December 30th
Game 5: Friday, January 5th
Game 6: Thursday, February 1st
Game 7: Tuesday, February 6th
Game 8: Monday, March 19th

Oilers 3

(25-23-4, 54 pts)

Canucks 5

(29-19-4, 62 pts)

10:00 PM ET, February 1, 2007

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
EDM 0 1 23
VAN 1 1 35

M. Naslund (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Torres (Oilers - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

J. Bulis (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Canucks survive wild final hree minutes to top Oilers

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Markus Naslund's goal with 1:57 left helped the Vancouver Canucks survive a wild four-goal flurry in the final three minutes and beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Thursday night.

Marc Chouinard put the Canucks ahead 3-1 on a two-man breakaway seven minutes into the third, but Toby Peterson closed the gap by jamming a puck under goalie Roberto Luongo with 2:44 left.

Naslund answered 47 seconds later before Joffrey Lupul caught Luongo looking the wrong way with 36.6 seconds left. Jan Bulis sealed the dramatic win with an empty-net goal with 17.7 seconds left.

Mattias Ohlund and Henrik Sedin also scored, and Luongo made 29 saves for the Canucks, who have one regulation loss in 16 games. They had dropped three of the last four in overtime or shootouts but moved two points ahead of Calgary atop the Northwest Division with the win.

Marty Reasoner scored the other goal for the Oilers, who fell eight points behind the Canucks in the division and six back of Minnesota for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dwayne Roloson, who returned to the nets after watching backup Jussi Markkanen win his second straight start Wednesday, also made 29 saves.

Ohlund opened the scoring 7:11 into the first period with a wrist shot from the point that deflected in off an Oilers defenseman, and Sedin doubled the lead midway through the second period.

Neither team flinched in a matchup of the NHL's top two penalty-killing units. The Canucks protected their No. 1 ranking by going 7-for-7 in short-handed situations. The Oilers also killed off all seven power plays against them.

Edmonton did score within seconds of a power play expiring, however, closing the gap to 2-1 with eight minutes left in the second period. With Luongo on his back after Ryan Smyth bumped him in the crease, Canucks defenseman Sami Salo swiped the puck in during a scramble in the slot. It floated over the fallen goalie, who protested the goal to no avail.

Chouinard also scored just after an Oilers power play expired. It was the first goal since Dec. 8 and second in 37 games for Chouinard, back in the lineup after Ryan Kesler had season-ending hip surgery this week.

Game notes

Canucks D Willie Mitchell returned after missing six games with a groin injury. D Yannick Tremblay was sent to Manitoba of the AHL. ... Edmonton C Petr Nedved, acquired from Philadelphia off waivers Jan. 2, was benched for a third straight game. Nedved has one goal and three assists in 10 games with the Oilers. ... This was the first of nine road games in February for the Oilers, 9-12-2 away from home.

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