Kyle Turris had the game-deciding aim in a shootout because the Edmonton Oilers outlasted the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 within the season opener Wednesday evening at Rogers Place.
“It’s the primary sport, but it surely appears like we’ve been enjoying common season video games for the final two or three,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett mentioned.
Jesse Puljujarvi scored the primary aim of the season late within the first interval. He gathered within the rebound of a Darnell Nurse shot and flipped the rebound previous Thatcher Demko.
Zach Hyman tallied his first aim with the Oilers on an influence play with 2:48 to go within the second. He had an open web tap-in after taking a cross from Leon Draisaitl.
“He’s a type of guys you ship over the boards and you understand what you’re going to get,” Tippett mentioned of Hyman.
“He’s essentially the most annoying participant to play towards,” Nurse mentioned after 9 conferences towards Hyman’s Toronto Maple Leafs in 2020-21. “He’s at all times in your again pocket, regardless of should you hit him otherwise you play him exhausting within the corners, he’s at all times coming again. And on prime of that he performs on the facility play.”
The Canucks cashed in on their fifth energy play of the evening when Oliver Ekman-Larsson drilled an extended shot previous Mike Smith with 7:32 left within the third. Quinn Hughes fooled Smith with a shot to the blocker aspect to drag the Canucks even with 2:49 on the clock.
Neither workforce scored within the first three rounds of the shootout. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Bo Horvat scored in spherical 4. Turris drove a low shot previous Demko in spherical 5, after which Tanner Pearson was denied to provide the Oilers the win.
“I’ll be the primary to confess I had a foul yr final yr,” Turris mentioned.
“Coming again I need to show myself and that’s what I’m working in direction of doing. To get the shift in additional time and to be out within the shootout, it undoubtedly helps construct the arrogance and is one thing I’ve to reap the benefits of,” Turris mentioned.
Smith made 36 saves together with three in additional time. Connor McDavid had two assists.
The Oilers will host the Calgary Flames Saturday evening.
With recordsdata from 630 CHED’s Brenden Escott
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