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Canucks Stop The Oilers 5-4

Peter Zezel had a goal and an assist in his debut with Vancouver as the Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 Friday night on the heels of their three-day trade blitz.

Zezel, acquired from New Jersey in one of Vancouver's four trades this week, scored on his first shift as a Canuck just 53 seconds into the first period, the first of three straight goals by his new team.

Zezel one-timed a cross ice pass from Alex Mogilny to open the scoring and then teamed up with Mogilny to set up Markus Naslund midway through the period for a two-goal lead.

Mathias Ohlund added his fourth of the season to make it 3-0 at 11:18 of the first.

Edmonton fought back in the middle period, scoring twice on the power play. Bill Guerin got his 11th of the season three minutes in and Dan McGillis brought the Oilers to within one about six minutes later.

Brian Noonan put the game away for Vancouver on a breakaway with 6:41 to play in the third.

Zezel is one of four players acquired since Wednesday by the Canucks.

In its last deal Friday, Vancouver dealt Trevor Linden to the New York Islanders for defenseman Bryan McCabe, center Todd Bertuzzi and a third-round draft pick.

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