EDMONTON, Alberta, March 24 (UPI) -- Jeff Deslauriers
turned in 31 saves Tuesday to help the Edmonton Oilers edge Vancouver 3-2.
A wrist shot off the stick of Andrew Cogliano struck Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and then trickled into the net for the winning goal at 8:01 of the second period.
Deslauriers then turned aside 11 shots in the third period to secure the win and give the Oilers their 55th point of the season, still the lowest in the league.
Daniel Sedin and Mason Raymond scored for Vancouver, which has 92 points and leads second-place Colorado by five points in the Northwest Division. Luongo finished the game with 19 saves.
Cogliano's goal staked Edmonton to a 3-1 lead but Daniel Sedin cut the advantage to one with 3:48 to play in the second period on one-timer off a nifty backhand pass from his brother, Henrik.
The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 on first-period goals by Tom Gilbert and Robert Nilsson. Raymond's goal at 13:21 of the first period made it 2-1.
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