Edmonton Oilers tie sequence with 4-3 OT win over Vancouver Canucks

Kris Knoblauch stated some silent prayers as he watched his Edmonton Oilers heat up on the ice Friday evening.

The pinnacle coach’s staff was lower than an hour from going through the Vancouver Canucks in Sport 2 of their second spherical playoff sequence and Knoblauch wasn’t positive whether or not star ahead Leon Draisaitl would be capable to play.

Seems he had nothing to fret about.

Draisaitl not solely performed, however scored and contributed three assists because the Oilers topped the Canucks 4-3 in extra time.

The outcome levelled the best-of-seven sequence at 1-1. Sport 3 is about for Sunday in Edmonton.

“I noticed him for the nice and cozy up on the ice and I felt assured he was going to play,” Knoblauch stated. “I did not understand how nicely he was going to play. I did not count on him to return out and do this.”

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Hoglander (21) as Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse, again centre, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, again proper, defend through the first interval in Sport 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff sequence in Vancouver on Friday, Could 10, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

A query mark loomed over Draisaitl’s well being after he gave the impression to be in ache late in Edmonton’s 5-4 loss Wednesday.

The 28-year-old German ahead missed apply Thursday and did not take part in Friday’s non-obligatory morning skate.

“Clearly, be good about it however for essentially the most half I felt good,” Draisaitl stated after the sport.

His efficiency was no shock to Oilers captain Connor McDavid.

“He is an ideal participant,” McDavid stated. “He is a tremendous participant, probably the greatest gamers on this planet, the perfect participant on this planet on a whole lot of nights. And tonight was a kind of nights.”

It was an evening the place Edmonton’s stars shone.

One hockey player hits another.
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) checks Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) through the second interval in Sport 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff sequence in Vancouver on Could 10, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

McDavid contributed a aim and three helpers. Mattias Ekholm discovered the again of the web to tie the sport at 2-2 early within the second interval. Evan Bouchard scored the sport winner 5:38 into the additional body.

“We hung in there all evening. I believed everyone battled so laborious to get this one,” McDavid stated. “This was an enormous one. It feels good to be tied going dwelling.”

The Canucks acquired a aim and an help from Nikita Zadorov, whereas Elias Pettersson put away his first of the playoffs and Brock Boeser additionally scored.

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

Edmonton and Vancouver each went 1-for-3 on the facility play.

Hockey players cheer.
Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, left, Leon Draisaitl, second left, and Zach Hyman, proper, have fun after Draisaitl’s aim in opposition to the Vancouver Canucks. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press)

The Canucks held on within the first and second durations, however the Oilers took over within the third, stated Vancouver head coach Rick Tocchet.

“McDavid and Draisaitl responded. They had been unreal tonight they usually had been everywhere in the ice,” he stated.

“I simply thought if we make some good passes, if we maintain on to a puck, if we make a play, that is much less possession time for them. But when we’re simply going to flip pucks out and provides it again to him in fact they’re gonna hold coming down our throat.”

Edmonton went into the third interval down a aim and McDavid used his otherworldly velocity to degree the rating.

The elite centre picked up a contested puck within the impartial zone, sprinted down the ice forward of a pair of Canucks defencemen, and despatched a shot flying underneath Silovs’ blocker for his second post-season aim.

The Oilers continued to press for the sport winner late, hemming Vancouver into its personal finish for prolonged stretches and outshooting the house aspect 15-2 throughout the third interval, however needed to accept extra time.

People sit in a private box to watch a hockey game.
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, entrance second left, and B.C. Premier David Eby, entrance proper, watch the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers play Sport 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff sequence in Vancouver on Could 10, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Bouchard put away the sport winner 5:38 into extra time, with a shot from close to the boards that hit the skate of Canucks defenceman Ian Cole on the high of the crease and bounced in previous Silovs.

The Canucks know what they should do make changes forward of Sport 3 on Sunday, Tocchet stated.

“Some guys right here, they acquired to choose it up, too,” the coach stated. “They wish to play however you bought to dig in. You may’t be a legal responsibility. When you’re not getting a lot ice time, there is a purpose why and we’d like some guys to choose it up a little bit bit.”

B.C., Alberta premiers watched sport collectively

The sport additionally introduced a pair of provincial politicians collectively Friday when B.C. Premier David Eby and his Alberta counterpart, Danielle Smith, watched Sport 2 from a non-public suite at Rogers Enviornment in Vancouver.

A number of others had been within the suite and the 2 premiers didn’t sit subsequent to 1 one other.

Smith challenged Eby to a guess over the results of the best-of-seven, second-round Stanley Cup playoff sequence over social media final week.

Eby accepted the wager, which can see the loser of the all-Canadian matchup ship a press release, written by the winner, of their provincial Legislature whereas sporting the opponent’s jersey.

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