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Kassian, Lain provide the offence as Canucks beat Oilers 2-1

Zack Kassian picked up his 10th goal of the season on Tuesday night, rocketing a post-and-in wrist shot past new Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, and Vancouver double up Edmonton 2-1 for their second straight win.

Granted, the team's winning streak has as much to do with their opponents as it has to do with them. The Calgary Flames (Vancouver's victim last Saturday) and the Edmonton Oilers are scraping the basement of the NHL's Western Conference by a long shot, and you don't need a microscope to notice the Canucks' pair of victories were by less-then-impressive one-goal margins.

But with injuries mounting and with assistant coach Mike Sullivan forced to step behind the bench – John Tortorella is suspended, of course – Vancouver will take what they can get.

"I thought we played hard," Sullivan said, post-game (NHL). "I thought we played smart. The first two periods I thought we played real well."

Playing in just his second NHL game, Kellan Lain scored his first big league goal to get the Canucks rolling. Kassian added his marker to make it 2-0, and Roberto Luongo finished with 28 saves on 29 saves.

His only blemish was a goal-mouth scramble that Jordan Eberle put away, with Luongo out of the net and unable to get back.

"I think we all have to step up," said Luongo. "It's not just one person. That's what good teams do. When there's guys out of the lineup, other guys have to step up and those coming into the lineup have to play well.

"Good teams find a way to do that and tonight we played great game."

Forwards Henrik Sedin and Mike Santorelli both sat out with injuries.

With the win, Vancouver moved into sole possession of 7th spot in the Western Conference, three points back of Los Angeles for the next rung on the ladder. The Canucks are 18 points behind conference leader Anaheim, who lost their first home game of the season last night against the Winnipeg Jets.

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