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Salo, defense help Canucks edge Oilers

Oct 17, 2006 - 5:37 AM VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Defenseman Sami Salo is feeling much better and so are the Vancouver Canucks.

Salo scored the game-winning goal with one minute remaining in the second period to lead the Canucks to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Salo did not play in Vancouver's home-opening loss against the San Jose Sharks on Friday due to a groin injury. However, he was back in the lineup on Monday and his wrist shot past goaltender Dwayne Roloson gave Vancouver its first lead. It was his second tally and fourth point of season.

"I don't think we've played to our potential yet," said Salo. "We seem to play 40 minutes, 45 minutes, and I don't think we've seen a whole 60-minute game yet."

The Canucks snapped a three-game losing streak as both teams struggled on offense. Each club was 0-for-6 on the power play and had seven penalties apiece.

Taylor Pratt tied the game at 1-1 midway the the second session when he backhanded a rebound past Roloson after defenseman Kevin Bieksa's attempt was blocked by the Edmonton netminder.

Roberto Luongo swept aside 17 shots for the Canucks, who play a rematch against the Oilers Tuesday in Edmonton.

"Roberto played great, I think Roloson did too," Canucks left wing Markus Naslund said. "It was a battle between two good goalies tonight. I think the bottom line was we worked harder."

Raffi Torres tallied for the Oilers two minutes into the second period.

Roloson stopped 35 shots for Edmonton, which had its two-game winning streak halted.

"We haven't paid for the mistakes because our goaltender's been so good," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "We've got to get back to playing a smarter, less risky game."

"We didn't do enough tonight and we turned the puck over in critical areas," Roloson said. "We've gotta be ready to go for tomorrow night and hopefully get a win."






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