Enough pretend!

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- The Edmonton Oilers say they're eager to get on with the 2006-07 regular season - even if too often they didn't look remotely ready for it in last night's 3-2 overtime win over the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place.

With most roster decisions made and seven games already in the books, last season's Stanley Cup finalists overcame a forgettable effort and the Canucks to put the wraps on their pre-season with a 6-2 record.

ROLOSON SAVED THE DAY

The Oilers can thank Dwayne Roloson, who made 30 saves and looked in mid-season form, and power-play goals by Joffrey Lupul, Ryan Smyth and Raffi Torres for that.

Next up: the Calgary Flames Thursday, with two points on the table.

Time to get on with it.

"All the guys here are eager to get going," said Torres, who notched the winner 1:40 into overtime on a pass from Shawn Horcoff.

"I think the guys are excited, energized and ready to go."

One question mark the Oilers won't have coming out of camp this season is in the goal crease. That wasn't the case a year ago when Ty Conklin, Jussi Markkanen and Mike Morrison tended the twine - without consistent success - until Roloson arrived at the trading deadline and backstopped a run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup against Carolina.

Last night, the 36-year-old didn't give up a goal until Daniel Sedin got his first of two goals when he tapped a goalmouth feed from brother Henrik Sedin past him 8:45 into the second period on a power play. The Canucks could have had five by then.

This mediocre performance aside, the Oilers, particularly the veterans with roster spots secure and only a short summer of rust to knock off, insist they're good to go with something on the line.

"It was good to get one game together to see how it goes," said Petr Sykora, who had power-play assists on the 1-0 goal by Lupul and the 2-1 goal by Smyth.

"I just took this game to get more used to my linemates and more used to the system, all of the little stuff. It's time to play. Even if camp was pretty short compared to other years, I'm really eager to play. I never really score any goals in pre-season play.

"The older you get, you really want to play the real games," Sykora added.

"The more important the game is, the more excited you get for it. I'm very excited about this season."

MOREAU POLISHED UP HIS GAME

Likewise for Ethan Moreau, who polished up his game with a couple of shorthanded chances in the third period and a scrap with Willie Mitchell.

"We've been ready for awhile," said Moreau.

"It was like that a week ago.

"The luxury we have and our coaching staff has had is that everybody came to training camp ready to play."

AROUND THE RINK: After going 0-for-7 on the power play in Thursday's 3-2 loss in Phoenix, the Oilers went 3-for-6 to finish the pre-season (12-for-61) with the man advantage.


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