Bouchard leads Edmonton Oilers to 4-3 overtime victory over Canucks in Game 2

Evan Bouchard scored 5:38 into overtime and the Edmonton Oilers rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday.

The result leveled the best-of-seven series at 1-1, with the third game scheduled for Sunday in Edmonton.

Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid each had a goal and three assists, while Mattias Ekholm also scored for the Oilers.

Draisaitl was listed as a game-time decision earlier in the day due to an undisclosed injury.

The Canucks got a goal and an assist from Nikita Zadorov, while Elias Pettersson scored his first of the playoffs and Brock Boeser also scored.

Stuart Skinner stopped 16 of 19 shots for the Oilers and Canucks goaltender Arturs Silovs made 27 saves on 31 shots.

The Canucks opened the scoring with an early lead on Friday.

With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the box for tripping, JT Miller finished and looked like he was about to take a big shot from the faceoff circle. Instead, he made a pass through the slot to Pettersson, who fired a quick shot past Skinner out of position 4:16 into the game.

Edmonton’s potent power play got going before the first intermission after Tyler Myers was called for hooking.

Silovs made a stop on McDavid, but couldn’t keep the Oilers captain off the scoreboard for long.

Stationed at the goal line, the superstar center sent a pass to Draisaitl in the slot and he fired in to tie the game 1-1 with his sixth goal of the playoffs 10:56 into the first.

Edmonton and Vancouver were 1 for 3 on the power play.

Silovs prevented the Oilers from taking the lead in the locker room with some last-second heroics late in the first quarter.

Ekholm shot from distance and the rookie goalkeeper put a glove on him. However, he couldn’t contain the puck and Hyman was there to collect the rebound. Silovs then dove across the net to stop the sniper from the side of the net.

The ice opened early in the second after Edmonton’s Derek Ryan was sent into the box for interference and Vancouver’s Nils Hoglander was called for cutting, setting up two minutes of 4-on-4 hockey.

Fifty-three seconds into the period, Carson Soucy shot on net from inside the blue line and Boeser beat Skinner from the center of the slot. His fifth goal of the playoffs put the Canucks up 2-1.

The lead lasted 23 seconds.

With both teams still down a man, Draisaitl gave Ekholm a pass from the blue line and the veteran defenseman sent a shot past Silovs from the high marks, tying the score at 2-2 for his second of the postseason.

Zadorov put the home team ahead again (18:17) in the second. The hard-hitting defenseman collected a puck from Miller in the neutral zone, ran down the ice and unleashed a wrist shot that sailed under the crossbar to make it 3-2.

The tally was Zadorov’s fourth in the playoffs.

McDavid used his supernatural speed to level the score once again 5:27 into the third.

The elite center collected a contested puck in the neutral zone, ran down the ice in front of a pair of Canucks defenders and sent a shot flying under Silovs’ blocker for his second postseason goal.

Edmonton continued to push for the game-winning goal late, pinning Vancouver in its own half for long stretches and outshooting the home team 15-2 in the third period, but had to settle for overtime.

Bouchard scored the winning goal 5:38 into overtime, with a shot near the boards that went over Silovs.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2024.

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