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Bill Guerin is willing to pass the praise around when he talks about his scoring this season.

"I've been the recipient of some good plays," said Guerin, recognizing the efforts of linemates Josef Beranek and Andrei Kovalenko.

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  • scored twice and assisted on Guerin's league-leading ninth goal of the season as the Edmonton Oilers moved into first place in the Northwest Division with a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.

    Guerin, Beranek and Pat Falloon each scored a power-play goal in the opening two periods as the Oilers outshot Vancouver 36-10 through 40 minutes.

    "Taking penalties against us proved costly for them and beneficial for us," Guerin said.

    Mats Lindgren also scored for Edmonton (6-4-0), which has scored a league-best 16 power-play goals. The Oilers have scored 25 goals in their last five games.

    "For one thing, our depth is definitely a factor," said Guerin, who has eight goals and 12 points in a career-high seven-game points streak. "The guys are hungry this year. We're crashing the net. You have to be hungry for a full 60 minutes. That's what it takes in this league."

    Brandon Convery, Mark Messier and defenseman Adrian Aucoin scored goals for Vancouver (5-5-1), which was outshot 49-16 overall.

    "We're trying to go as hard as we can and put pressure on them everywhere," Oilers coach Ron Low said. "Everybody's getting involved."

    Low knew that the Canucks would be tired in their third game in four nights.

    "We didn't want to let them off the hook," he said.

    Guerin, who had been tied with Eric Lindros for the league lead with eight goals, scored his league-leading seventh power-play goal at 17:10 of the first period with a brilliant solo effort, slipping around defenseman Murray Baron nd beating goalie Corey Hirsch with a backhand slider.

    Guerin's best seasons were in 1995-96 and 1996-97 with the New Jersey Devils. He had 53 points in 1995-96 and a career-high 29 goals the following season.

    "We've just got to keep a level head and keep playing like this," Guerin said.

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