Edmonton Oilers survive shootout to open season with win over Vancouver Canucks

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Kyle Turris had the game-deciding extremity successful a shootout arsenic the Edmonton Oilers outlasted the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 successful the play opener Wednesday nighttime astatine Rogers Place.

“It’s the archetypal game, but it feels similar we’ve been playing regular play games for the past 2 oregon three,” Oilers caput manager Dave Tippett said.

Jesse Puljujarvi scored the archetypal extremity of the play precocious successful the archetypal period. He gathered successful the rebound of a Darnell Nurse changeable and flipped the rebound past Thatcher Demko.

Zach Hyman tallied his archetypal extremity with the Oilers connected a powerfulness play with 2:48 to spell successful the second. He had an unfastened nett tap-in aft taking a walk from Leon Draisaitl.

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“He’s 1 of those guys you nonstop implicit the boards and you cognize what you’re going to get,” Tippett said of Hyman.

“He’s the astir annoying subordinate to play against,” Nurse said aft 9 meetings against Hyman’s Toronto Maple Leafs successful 2020-21. “He’s ever successful your backmost pocket, nary substance if you deed him oregon you play him hard successful the corners, he’s ever coming back. And connected apical of that helium plays connected the powerfulness play.”

The Canucks cashed successful connected their 5th powerfulness play of the nighttime erstwhile Oliver Ekman-Larsson drilled a agelong changeable past Mike Smith with 7:32 near successful the third. Quinn Hughes fooled Smith with a changeable to the blocker broadside to propulsion the Canucks adjacent with 2:49 connected the clock.

Neither squad scored successful the archetypal 3 rounds of the shootout. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Bo Horvat scored successful circular four. Turris drove a debased changeable past Demko successful circular five, and past Tanner Pearson was denied to springiness the Oilers the win.

“I’ll beryllium the archetypal to admit I had a atrocious twelvemonth past year,” Turris said.

“Coming backmost I privation to beryllium myself and that’s what I’m moving towards doing. To get the displacement successful overtime and to beryllium retired successful the shootout, it decidedly helps physique the assurance and is thing I person to instrumentality vantage of,” Turris said.

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Smith made 36 saves including 3 successful overtime. Connor McDavid had 2 assists.

The Oilers volition big the Calgary Flames Saturday night.

With files from 630 CHED’s Brenden Escott

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