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Bouchard scores in OT to lift Oilers to 4-3 win over Canucks in Game 2, tying playoff series

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Evan Bouchard scored 5:38 into overtime and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 Friday night to even their second-round playoff series at one game apiece.

Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid each had a goal and three assists, and Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Oilers. Stuart Skinner finished with 16 saves.

Nikita Zadorov had a goal and an assist, and Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser also scored for the Canucks. Arturs Silovs made 27 saves.

Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Edmonton.

In extra time, Bouchard got the game winner with a shot from close to the boards that went past Silovs.

McDavid used his speed to tie the score 3-3 at 5:27 of the third. The elite center collected a contested puck in the neutral zone, sprinted across the ice in front of a pair of Canucks defenders and sent a shot under Silovs’ blocker for his second postseason goal.

Edmonton continued to push for the winner late, pushing Vancouver into its own favor for an extended period, outscoring the home side 15-2 in the third period, but had to settle for overtime.

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

The Canucks opened the scoring on an early power play. 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 lofted a pass across the slot to Pettersson, who fired a quick shot past an out-of-position Skinner 4:16 into the game for his first of the playoffs.

Edmonton’s potent power play started to work before the first intermission after Tyler Myers was called for hooking. McDavid, stationed on the goal line, sent a pass in the slot to Draisaitl, who tied the score at 1-1 with his sixth goal of the playoffs at 10:56. Draisaitl was listed as a match decision earlier in the day due to an undisclosed injury.

Silovs kept the Oilers from taking the lead in the locker room with some last-second heroics at the end of the opening period. 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 sides still down one man, Draisaitl sent a pass to Ekholm 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 with 1:43 left in 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. It was Zadorov’s fourth of the playoffs.