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Bouchard Lifts Edmonton Oilers To 4-3 Overtime Victory Against Canucks In Game 2


The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 thanks to a goal from Evan Bouchard at 5:38 of overtime in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday.

The best-of-seven series is now tied at one game apiece with Game 3 scheduled for Sunday in Edmonton.

For the Oilers, Mattias Ekholm added a goal and three assists, and Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid each had a point.

Due to an unexplained ailment, Draisaitl was listed as a game-time decision earlier in the day.

Nikita Zadorov gave the Canucks a goal and an assist, Elias Pettersson scored his first playoff goal, and Brock Boeser also scored.

Goalie Arturs Silovs of the Canucks made 27 saves on 31 shots, while Stuart Skinner of the Oilers stopped 16 of 19 shots.

Taking advantage of an early man advantage on Friday, the Canucks scored first.

J.T. Miller geared up and appeared ready to take a big shot from the faceoff circle with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the box for tripping. Rather, 4:16 into the game, he sliced a pass across the slot to Pettersson, who quickly snapped a shot past an out-of-position Skinner.

Tyler Myers was called for hooking, and Edmonton’s formidable power play got to work before the first half ended.

Silovs stopped McDavid with a pad stop, but he was unable to prevent the captain of the Oilers from scoring for very long.

The superstar center, who was positioned near the goal line, gave a pass to Draisaitl in the slot, who scored his sixth goal of the playoffs to knot the score at one near 10:56 into the first period.

Both Vancouver and Edmonton had a 1-for-3 power play performance.

Silovs prevented the Oilers from taking a lead into the locker room with a clutch play at the end of the first session.

Ekholm took a long slap shot, and the inexperienced goalie gloved it. But Hyman was there to get the rebound when he was unable to hold the puck. The sniper was then stopped by Silovs diving across the net from the side of the net.

Two minutes of 4-on-4 hockey were played after Vancouver’s Nils Hoglander was called for slashing and Edmonton’s Derek Ryan was sent to the box for interference.

Carson Soucy put a shot on net from inside the blue line 53 seconds into the period, and Boeser tipped it in past Skinner from the middle of the slot. With his fifth playoff goal, the Canucks took a 2-1 lead.

There was a 23-second advantage.

Draisaitl sent the puck to Ekholm from the blue line while both teams were still down a man. From the high hash marks, the seasoned defenseman fired a shot past Silovs to tie the game at 2-2 with his second of the postseason.

In the second, Zadorov gave the home team the lead once more, 18:17. After grabbing a puck from Miller in the neutral zone, the aggressive defenseman raced down the ice and scored a goal with his wrist that went over the crossbar and into the net, making it 3-2.

Zadorov’s goal was his fourth of the postseason.

McDavid used his extraordinary speed to tie the game once more at 5:27 of the third.

After winning a face-off with a Canucks defenceman in the neutral zone, the outstanding center raced down the ice and deflected a shot beyond Silovs’ blocker for his second goal of the playoffs.

Even though Edmonton outshot the home team 15-2 in the third period and hounded Vancouver into its own end for long stretches, they were forced to settle for overtime as they kept pressing for the game’s winning goal.

Bouchard scored the game-winning goal with a shot that skittered in past Silovs from close to the boards at 5:38 into overtime

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