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EDMONTON 2, VANCOUVER 0

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Ryan Smyth had a goal and an assist as
the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 in the NHL's
only preseason game Monday night.

Ales Hemsky, who had 30 points in 54 games as a rookie last
year, took Brad Isbister's pass and opened the scoring 1:31 into
the first period by firing a quick shot past goalie Dan Cloutier.

Hemsky, 20, will be expected to carry more of the load
offensively for the Oilers, especially with center Mike Comrie
still unsigned.

Smyth rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal at 11:19 of
the third. Rob McVicar had just replaced Cloutier and gave up the
goal while Edmonton had a two-man advantage.

Cloutier immediately returned to the ice.

Edmonton outshot Vancouver 30-11.

Free-agent signee Stephen Valiquette replaced Tommy Salo in goal
for the Oilers and made a brilliant save late in the second period
against Brendan Morrison in front. Valiquette stopped all four
shots he faced.

Edmonton was 1-for-10 on the power play. Last season, the Oilers
finished last in the NHL with the man advantage on home ice.