Canucks slide past Oil

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks' goaltender Roberto Luongo, the National Hockey League's third star of January, didn't look good on the three goals he allowed last night in the team's first February game.

Luckily his Edmonton Oiler counterpart Dwayne Roloson looked worse.

Canucks beat the Oilers for the fourth time this season 5-3 at General Motors Place.

Canucks, 29-23 overall (including four tiebreaker losses), ended the four-game homestand with a pair of wins, and single overtime and shootout losses.

Canucks led 2-0 on goals by Mattias Ohlund and Henrik Sedin. Oiler Marty Reasoner registered an unassisted second period marker when Luongo dropped his stick in the crease. Marc Chouinard restored the Canucks' two-goal lead in the third before Edmonton's Toby Petersen pounced on Ladislav Smid's rebound to begin a flurry of four goals in the game's last three minutes.

Canucks' captain Markus Naslund traded goals with Joffrey Lupul before Jan Bulis' empty netter.

Canucks visit the Calgary Flames tomorrow (7 p.m. Team 1040/CBC) and have a rematch with the Oilers on Tuesday in the Alberta capital.

They return home Wednesday to host the Chicago Blackhawks.


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