Evan Bouchard OT goal gives Oilers Game 2 win over Canucks

Evan Bouchard OT goal gives Oilers Game 2 win over Canucks
Evan Bouchard OT goal gives Oilers Game 2 win over Canucks

May 11, 2024, 01:53 AM ET

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Evan Bouchard scored 5:38 into overtime and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on 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 the extra period, Bouchard got the winner with a shot from near the boards that skittered in past Silovs.

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

Edmonton continued to press for the winner late, hemming Vancouver into its own end for extended stretches and outshooting the home side 15-2 across 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 wound up and looked like he was about to launch a big shot from the faceoff circle. Instead, he sliced ​​a pass across the slot to Pettersson, who fired a quick snap shot past an out-of-position Skinner 4:16 into the game for his first of the playoffs.

Edmonton’s powerful power play got to work before the first intermission after Tyler Myers was called for hooking. Stationed at the goal line, McDavid sent a pass in the slot to Draisaitl, who fired it in to tie the score at 1-1 with his sixth goal of the playoffs at 10:56. Draisaitl was listed as a game-time decision earlier in the day due to an undisclosed injury.

Silovs kept the Oilers from taking a lead into the locker room with some last-second heroics at the end of the opening period. Ekholm fired a slap shot from distance and the rookie goalie got a glove on it. He couldn’t contain the puck, however, and Hyman was there to scoop up the rebound. Silovs then dove across the net to stop the sniper from the side of the net.

The ice opened up early in the second after Edmonton’s Derek Ryan was sent to the box for interference and Vancouver’s Nils Hoglander was called for slashing, setting up 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 it in past Skinner from the middle of the slot. His fifth goal of 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 defenseman sent a shot sailing past Silovs from the high hash marks, knotting the score at 2-2 with his second of the postseason.

Zadorov put the home side up once again with 1:43 left in the second. The bruising defenseman picked up a puck from Miller in the neutral zone, streaked down the ice and unleashed a wrist shot that soared up and under the cross bar to make it 3-2. It was Zadorov’s fourth of the playoffs.

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