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Vrbata leads Canucks to 5-4 win over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Radim Vrbata scored two goals in the second period to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night.

Jannik Hansen, Chris Higgins and Yannick Weber also scored for the Canucks (13-6-0) who have won all four of their games against Edmonton this season and three of their last four games overall.

Canucks goalie Ryan Miller improved to 11-0 in his career against Edmonton, now the longest active win streak against a single team in the NHL. He had 28 saves.

The Oilers (6-11-2) have lost four in a row and are winless against the Western Conference, dropping to 0-9-1 in that category.

Steven Pinizzotto, Teddy Purcell, Boyd Gordon and Andrew Ference scored for Edmonton, and Ben Scrivens made 26 stops.

Vrbata’s seventh goal of the season made it 2-0 at 2:02 of the second. A faceoff win came right back to Vrbata in the slot, and he beat Scrivens with a big power-play drive.

Edmonton responded at 4:43 when Pinizzotto’s wrist shot seemed to freeze Miller, who barely reacted before the puck was in the net. It was Pinizzotto’s first career NHL goal, coming in his first game of the season for the Oilers.

The scoring spree continued throughout the second, with the teams combining for six goals in all. Another power-play goal for Vrbata lifted the Canucks to a 4-3 lead heading into the third.

Ference’s long shot through traffic tied it at 4 at 6:21, but the Canucks grabbed the lead for good when Daniel Sedin made a perfect pass to a hard-charging Weber, who directed the shot off Scrivens for his first of the year with 8 1/2 minutes to go.

The Oilers looked as if they might have tied it once more with 10 seconds left, but the goal was waved off. It was ruled that David Perron had kicked the puck off Miller’s blocker and into the net.

NOTES: The teams do not meet again until April 11 in the final game of the regular season for both clubs. … Canucks F Zack Kassian returned to the lineup. Linden Vey came out to make room. … Vancouver D Luca Sbisa has been cleared to return, but remained on the sidelines in favor of Weber. … The Oilers made one lineup change, calling up Pinizzotto to replace healthy scratch Jesse Joensuu on a line with Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon.

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