Canucks rookie Gardner scores PP goal in win

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Canucks rookie Michael Grabner scored a power-play goal early in the second period, and Vancouver swept a home-and-home preseason series over the Edmonton Oilers with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night.

Edmonton forward Kyle Brodziak opened the scoring with a sharp-angle shot during a power play, but tough guy Darcy Hordichuk—making his Canucks debut after signing as a free agent—banged in the tying goal seven minutes later.

Roberto Luongo made a couple of spectacular stops in the Vancouver net among 13 saves during his preseason debut before giving way to backup Curtis Sanford with 5:37 left in the second period.

Dwayne Roloson finished with 29 saves in his first start for Edmonton.

The Oilers dressed a less experienced lineup than the one that lost the preseason opener 4-3 in a shootout to the Canucks on Monday in Edmonton. The Oilers left out five top-six forwards and leading defensemen Sheldon Souray and Lubomir Visnovsky.

Other than starting Luongo, Vancouver continued to use a mostly split squad, even breaking up top-line twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin for a second-straight night.

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