Preseason ends in defeat

HOSEA CHEUNG, SUN MEDIA

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If there genuinely ever was a battle for the Canucks backup goaltending job, Cory Schneider did not do himself a favour Sunday after a less-than-average showing in Edmonton, where the Canucks lost 5-4 in overtime.

The rookie goalie allowed five goals on 27 shots, including three goals on nine shots in the first period. As for Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin, he faced 28 shots, while allowing four goals.

Tom Gilbert scored the winner just under two minutes into overtime with a huge point shot that found the back of the net.

Mike Comrie scored two goals in the first period to give the home team a 3-1 lead into the first intermission. Shawn Horcoff had the other Oilers tally. Kyle Wellwood got the only goal for Vancouver in the opening frame, after converting on a breakaway.

It seems being behind on the scoreboard doesn't faze the Canucks this preseason as they mounted another comeback Sunday after being down 3-1. Sami Salo slapped a puck past Khabibulin just under three minutes into the second period and Henrik Sedin scored five and a half minutes later to tie the game up at three.

After trailing 4-3 into the third period, Christian Ehrhoff evened up the game again just 1:16 into the final frame, after finishing a nice pass from rookie Cody Hodgson.

Serger Shirkov, the 23-year-old Russian forward, continued his impressive preseason play by recording two assists to bring his exhibition total to seven points in four games.

The Canucks made the most of their man advantages as they finished the night 3-for-5 on the powerplay.

After nine exhibition games, the regular season will finally start for the Canucks, who travel to Calgary on Thursday where they will take on the Flames. (7:00 p.m. PT)


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