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Bouchard lifts the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Canucks in Game 2

VANCOUVER – Evan Bouchard scored 5:38 into overtime and the Edmonton Oilers came back for a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday.

VANCOUVER – Evan Bouchard scored 5:38 into overtime and the Edmonton Oilers came back for a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday.

The result tied the best-of-seven series at 1-1, with Game 3 scheduled for Sunday in Edmonton.

Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid each recorded a goal and three assists, while Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Oilers.

Draisaitl was listed as a match decision earlier in the day due to an undisclosed injury.

The Canucks got a goal and an assist from Nikita Zadorov, while Elias Pettersson put away his first of the playoffs and Brock Boeser also scored.

Stuart Skinner stopped 16 of 19 shots for the Oilers and Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs made 27 saves on 31 shots.

The Canucks opened the scoring on Friday with an early man advantage.

With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the box for tripping, JT Miller ended up looking like he was about to make a big shot from the faceoff circle. Instead, he delivered a pass across the slot to Pettersson, who fired a quick shot past an out-of-position Skinner 4:16 into the game.

Edmonton’s potent power play started to work before the first intermission after Tyler Myers was called for hooking.

Silovs made a pad stop on McDavid, but couldn’t keep the Oilers captain off the scoresheet for long.

Stationed on the goal line, the superstar center sent a pass to Draisaitl in the slot and he fired it in to tie the game at 1-1 with his sixth goal of the playoffs (10:56 into the first).

Edmonton and Vancouver both went 1-for-3 on the power play.

Silovs kept the Oilers from taking a locker room lead with some last-second heroics at the end of the opening frame.

Ekholm fired a slap shot from distance and the starting goalkeeper got a glove on it. However, he couldn’t control the puck and Hyman was there to pick up the rebound. Silovs then dove over the net to stop the sniper from the side of the net.

The ice opened early in the second after Edmonton’s Derek Ryan was sent to the penalty box for interference and Vancouver’s Nils Hoglander was called for heeling, providing two minutes of 4-on-4 hockey.

Fifty-three seconds into the period, Carson Soucy fired a shot on net from inside the blue line and Boeser tipped the shot past Skinner from the center of the slot. His fifth goal in the playoffs put the Canucks up 2-1.

The lead lasted 23 seconds.

With both teams still down one man, Draisaitl fed Ekholm a pass from the blue line and the veteran defender sent a shot past Silovs from the high hash marks, making the score 2–2 with his second of the postseason.

Zadorov put the home team ahead again at 6:17 of the second. The bruised defenseman grabbed a puck from Miller in the neutral zone, darted across the ice and unleashed a wrist shot that flew up and under the crossbar to make it 3-2.

The tally was Zadorov’s fourth of the playoffs.

McDavid used his otherworldly speed to tie the score again at 5:27 in the third.

The elite center collected a contested puck in the neutral zone, sprinted across the ice in front of a pair of Canucks defensemen and sent a shot under Silovs’ blocker for his second goal of the season.

Edmonton continued to push for the game winner late, surrounding Vancouver in its own goal for extended periods and outscoring the home side 15-2 in the third period, but had to settle for overtime.

Bouchard put away the game-winner 5:38 into overtime, with a shot from close to the boards that rocketed past Silovs.

NEXT ONE

The series moves to Edmonton for Game 3 on Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2024.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press