Edmonton Oilers stymied in Game 3 by Canucks – Edmonton

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Arturs Silovs made 42 saves as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at Rogers Place on Sunday night. The Canucks lead the best-of-seven 2-1.

“I thought we were the better team for the most part and in my mind this should have resulted in a win, but that’s not how hockey works sometimes,” Leon Draisaitl said.

The Oilers second unit power play produced the opening goal of the game. Evander Kane’s shot from the left wing was blocked. The puck went to Mattias Ekholm, who buried his third of the series.

The Canucks had a man advantage of their own when Elias Lindholm tipped Brock Boeser’s wrist shot past Stuart Skinner. A few minutes later, Boeser was left alone in the slot and another was connected. After a blatant Oilers turnover, Boeser blasted a shot into the post to make it 3-1 Canucks after one.

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“It was some nice plays from them and they took advantage of their opportunities,” Draisaitl said after the match.

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“You look at the amount of opportunities we have. We just have to be persistent and keep pushing and we’ll get some breaks,” Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch said.

The Oilers pulled within a goal 3:36 into the third when Draisaitl hit a sharp-angle one-timer off Arturs Silovs’ hip and in. The Canucks answered with a power play from Lindholm late in the second.

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Calvin Pickard replaced Skinner in the Oilers goal to start the third. Skinner allowed four goals on 15 shots.

“We need more saves,” Kris Knoblauch said. “Defense, along with goaltending, is very important to win hockey games, especially in the long run. It has to be better.”

With Pickard on the bench for an extra attacker, Evan Bouchard scored on a goalmouth clearance to bring the Oilers within one with 1:16 left. Edmonton couldn’t find another goal despite outscoring the Canucks 22-3 in the third.

At the buzzer, McDavid and Carson Soucy exchanged slashes. McDavid was then checked by Soucy and Nikita Zadorov, causing a post-match scrum.

Game four is Tuesday at Rogers Place (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 5:30 p.m., game at 7:30 p.m.).

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