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Content: Defenseman Derrick Pouliot snapped a 1-1 tie with his third goal of the season early in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Thursday night for their third consecutive win. Sam Gagner also scored for the Canucks <a title="" href=""></a> , who have won four of their past five games. Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers, who have lost two in a row. Edmonton is 3-2-1 in its past six games. Pouliot gave Vancouver the lead just 2 minutes into the third period. Nikolay Goldobin fed the Canucks defenseman a pass from along the boards. Pouliot skated in on Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, make a deke then scored his first goal in 42 games. Leon Draisaitl had a chance to tie the game on an Oilers power play late in the third, but his shot hit the post. Ryan Strome’s slap shot also hit the post after a Canucks giveaway with just over two minutes remaining. McDavid’s goal was his 41st of the season, giving him an NHL-leading 103 points, leaving him six ahead of Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov. McDavid trails Washington’s Alex Ovechkin by four goals in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy. Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 35 shots. He’s 4-0-0 in his past four starts. Talbot made 28 saves for the Oilers. Markstrom kept the Canucks in the game with some big stops, including getting a pad on Milan Lucic’s shot in the first period. ”For me right now it’s just a carry-over from the feeling I had in the previous games,” Markstrom said. ”I just keep building on it.” McDavid showed some of his magic on the game’s opening goal at 11:33 of the first period. After defenseman Andrej Sekera flipped a puck down the ice, McDavid showed his speed by skating around Gagner then muscled defenseman Michael Del Zotto off the puck. He scored on a shot that hit Markstrom’s blocker <a title="Isaiah Oliver Color Rush Jersey" href="">Isaiah Oliver Color Rush Jersey</a> , went off the post, and into the net. Gagner was also battling the flu Thursday. ”When you get stuck on the ice with him (McDavid) it’s not funny even when you are feeling 100 percent,” Gagner said. ”Obviously he’s special.” The Oilers captain has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his past six games. Gagner earned some redemption by tying the game at 15:14 of the second. Daniel Sedin took a shot from the faceoff circle that Talbot stopped. Gagner, alone at the side of the net, put in the rebound for his third goal in four games. ”You never want to be a culprit on a goal-against,” Gagner said. ”It was a tough one there. I thought the guys battled back really well. It’s a nice feeling.” Adam Gaudette, the former Northeastern University Husky who recently signed with Vancouver after leading the NCAA with 30 goals and 60 points, played his first NHL game. On his opening shift <a title="" href=""></a> , he sent a sizzling shot just wide of the Oilers net. NOTES: Gaudette is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in NCAA hockey. … Henrik Sedin’s opening shift of the game was the 30,000th of his career. … Brendan Gaunce returned to the Canucks lineup after missing 24 games with a foot injury. … With several Canucks down with the flu, Jake Virtanen was a late scratch. … The game’s first penalty came at 12:33 of the second period when Vancouver’s Darren Archibald was called for interference. … Al Montoya dressed as the Oilers backup goaltender after missing two games with an injury. UP NEXT: Oilers: Travel to Calgary on Saturday night. Canucks: Host Columbus on Saturday. — It couldn’t have been scripted any better. Daniel and Henrik Sedin said goodbye to the hometown crowd with a memorable farewell. Daniel scored the winning goal in overtime , off an assist from twin brother Henrik as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 Thursday night. It was the Sedins’ final NHL game at Rogers Arena and a step back in time for the crowd of 18,865 who had one more taste of the elegance and skill the brothers brought to the sport. A blurry-eyed Daniel tried to describe his feelings when he saw the puck go into the net. ”Relief,” he said. ”I was happy. You couldn’t dream of a better ending in this building, the last time we stepped on this ice. ”It was emotional.” For Henrik, the Canucks’ captain and franchise leader in points, it was a perfect ending to an emotional week. ”When I woke up this morning I knew it was going to be a big day <a title="Jeremiah Attaochu Color Rush Jersey" href="">Jeremiah Attaochu Color Rush Jersey</a> ,” said the older brother by six minutes. ”We tried to enjoy every minute of it.” Daniel finished with two goals. Henrik also assisted on his first goal in the second period which tied the game 1-1. The 37-year-old twins from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, announced Monday they are retiring after playing 17 seasons with the Canucks. Drafted second and third overall in 1997, their final game will be Saturday in Edmonton against the Oilers. The boisterous crowd at Rogers Arena was on its feet for most of the third period and the overtime. Between ovations there were chants of ”Go Sedins Go” and ”Hall of Fame.” The anticipation ratcheted up even higher when the Sedins went over the boards after Arizona’s Richard Panik was called for hooking at 1:16 of overtime. The goal came when Henrik passed back to Daniel, who blasted a shot from the blue line. The Canucks came off the bench to mob the brothers. Hats littered the ice. Coyote players banged their sticks in recognition. After the celebration Daniel and Henrik slowly skated around the arena, waving and clapping to the fans. Defenseman Alex Edler said it was the kind of finish the Canucks wanted for their teammates. ”It was special for sure,” said Edler, who also assisted on both of Daniel’s goals. ”We talked before the game it was going to be loud. We just fed off that. ”The twins had a great game. They were on fire. It was a perfect ending.” The first goal was a throwback to the Sedins’ early years. The play began with Henrik making a move along the boards, then dishing the puck to Edler <a title="Chris Iannetta Colorado Rockies Jersey" href="">Chris Iannetta Colorado Rockies Jersey</a> , who was streaking toward the goal. He passed to Daniel, who shot into an open net. Both Sedins had season highs of ice time. Henrik logged 21 minutes 36 seconds. Daniel was on for 21:12 and had 10 shots on goal. Winning the game was just the icing on the cake. Sending the fans home buzzing about a last special performance was the main victory for the Sedins. ”It means something,” Henrik said. ”The way the crowd showed up, right from the warmup. ”To finish off like we did, they can walk away and remember this. If you lose the game 5-1, it’s not fun. It’s a better feeling for us.” Christian Fischer, Derek Stepan and Dylan Strome scored for Arizona. Jake Virtanen and Brendan Leipsic got the other goals for the Canucks. Both teams will miss the playoffs. With Vancouver struggling in the standings, Rogers Arena has often been a quiet building with plenty of empty seats this season. The Sedins’ finale produced the energy and enthusiasm of a playoff game. Even in the warmups, fans lined the boards waving signs and snapping pictures on cell phones. One woman held up a sign which lit up with the words ”Congrats Henrik and Daniel.” The first standing ovation came when the Sedins skated out for the national anthems. During the game there were loud cheers each time the Sedins stepped on the ice <a title="" href=""></a> , anticipation whenever they touched the puck. The fans almost got their wish 18 seconds into the game when Henrik hit the post. The standing ovations continued after most whistles during the third period. Daniel and Henrik acknowledged with waves. Prior to the game there was a video tribute. Past Canucks players and coaches talked about the Sedins’ history, their contributions on the ice and their work in the community. A tribute mural wall was installed outside the arena for fans to write messages. The lights outside Rogers Arena and in many city buildings glowed Swedish blue and yellow in tribute. During the game some fans chanted ”one more year.” Daniel was asked if there was any chance the brothers would reconsider their retirement. ”No, not at all,” he said. ”I saw our kids up on the Jumbotron (during the game). That made me happy. We will spend more time with them.” NOTES: Attending the game were the Sedins’ parents and two brothers. . The Canucks gave out their team awards with rookie Brock Boeser the most outstanding player, Alex Edler the top defenseman and Derek Dorsett the unsung hero. UP NEXT: Coyotes: Host Anaheim on Saturday in the regular-season finale. Canucks: Travel to Edmonton on Saturday in the regular-season finale. — .