The Edmonton Oilers are driving power play to a 2-1 road victory over the Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER – A pair of power-play goals lifted the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night at Rogers Arena.

Warren Foegele and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers (6-1-0), who went 2 to 2 with the man advantage.

Brock Boeser scored the only goal for Vancouver (3-5-1), with seven seconds left of the third period.

Mikko Koskinen got his fourth start in a row for Edmonton with Mike Smith on the sidelines due to a lower body injury. He stopped 29 shots.

Thatcher Demko made 32 saves for the Canucks.

Connor McDavid had an assist and nine shots on goal. Conor Garland led with six shots for Vancouver.

At full strength, the game was largely a defensive match, with limited scoring chances for both sides.

With the best powerplay in the NHL, the Oilers opened the scoring at 11:39 of the first after Tyler Myers was whistled off to hook Edmonton’s Jesse Puljujarvi. With a second left in the man advantage, Foegele set off a rebound from a shot from Darnell Nurse past an extended Demko to his second goal of the year.

Draisaitl counted his fifth of the campaign with 40 seconds left of the second. With Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the penalty area, Draisaitl beat Demko with a one-hour from the right circle, set up by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid, who started the game by throwing a shot off the shin at defender Luke Schenn.

Schenn played his 800th career in NHL play for Vancouver.

Edmonton Oilers goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen watches the puck go off the net while Oilers 'Duncan Keith (left) and Vancouver Canucks' Alex Chiasson watch during the second period of NHL hockey in Vancouver, BC, Saturday, October 30, 2021.

The Canucks did not get a power-play opportunity until late in the third period when they pressed on with Demko on the bench for the extra striker. Koskinen’s two best saves of the night came as the Canucks pressed hard with the 6-on-4 advantage before Boeser beat him in the final seconds of the game.

The Canucks are unbeaten this season at Rogers Arena and have scored just four goals in total over three defeats in their season-starting seven games at home.

Edmonton were held to two goals in the regulation for just the second time this season.

When he got into Saturday’s action, McDavid was tied for the NHL scoring lead with 15 points in six games and at least two points in every game so far this season. Against Vancouver, he was limited to one assist, while he and Nugent-Hopkins both extended their season-opening points series to seven games.

Early in the third period, Demko McDavid refused on three quick close shots from the goal mouth.

The Oilers return home to host the Seattle Kraken for the first time on Monday, while the Canucks host the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

NOTES: It was the second meeting between the Oilers and Canucks this season. On October 13, Edmonton beat Vancouver 3-2 in a shootout in both teams’ season opener… Edmonton had a 6-4-0 advantage in last year’s North Division season series… The Oilers and Canucks both lost to the Philadelphia Flyers in their final games. It was Edmonton’s first defeat of the year… Jason Dickinson and Tucker Poolman retired from the Vancouver ranks after missing Thursday’s game with an injury.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 30, 2021.


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