The Edmonton Oilers embarked on a West Coast road trip with high hopes but fell short in the opening game where they faced the team who’s been a big thorn in their side, the Vancouver Canucks, ultimately losing 6–2. The Oilers’ struggles persisted and their record now stands at a disappointing 2–8–1.
Early in the game, it seemed like the Oilers were poised for a strong performance, with Mattias Ekholm opening the scoring on a power play at 6:42 of the first period. The Oilers dominated the initial minutes, outshooting the Canucks 18–2, and held a 1–0 lead.
However, the tide quickly turned in the latter half of the first period. The Canucks mounted a three-goal burst in just 3:22, led by Quinn Hughes, Pius Suter, and Brock Boeser. Hughes tied the game at 1–1 with 8:30 left in the period. Suter added another goal with 6:38 remaining, and Boeser scored on a power play to make it 3-1 with 5:08 left in the period, which also stood as the game-winning goal.
Leon Draisaitl managed to cut the deficit to 3–2 at 7:38 of the second period. However, the Oilers’ recurring defensive issues came back to haunt them, allowing Nils Hoglander to restore the Canucks’ two-goal lead with 9:08 left in the second period.
The Oilers looked to get back within one goal in the third period, but a jumble in the crease led to the goal being waived due to a distinct kicking motion.
The frustration continued to mount for the Oilers in a penalty-laden final period. Draisaitl was handed a 10-minute misconduct penalty and Jay Woodcroft was also ejected from the game. It wasn’t a graceful way to bow out to the Canucks, to say the least.
Charts from the setback are below.
|Mattias Ekholm (PPG)||Sam Gagner, Evander Kane||06:42 | 1st||EDM 1 – 0 VAN|
|Quinn Hughes||Andrei Kuzmenko, Filip Hronek||11:30 | 1st||EDM 1 – 1 VAN|
|Pius Suter||Dakota Joshua, Ian Cole||13:22 | 1st||EDM 1 – 2 VAN|
|Brock Boeser (PPG)||J.T. Miller, Quinn Hughes||14:52 | 1st||EDM 1 – 3 VAN|
|Leon Draisaitl||Warren Foegele||07:38 | 2nd||EDM 2 – 3 VAN|
|Nils Hoglander||Sam Lafferty||10:52 | 2nd||EDM 2 – 4 VAN|
|J.T. Miller (PPG)||Quinn Hughes, Filip Hronek||07:51 | 3rd||EDM 2 – 5 VAN|
|Brock Boeser||Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes||19:04 | 3rd||EDM 2 – 6 VAN|
All situations Corsi
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