Canucks Defeat The Oilers 5-3 Thanks To Brock Boeser And An Umlaut
Canucks Defeat The Oilers 5-3 In The Season Opener
The Vancouver Canucks defeat the Oilers 5-3 thanks to 2 goals from Brock Boeser and an Umlaut:
Noun 1. A mark ( ¨ ) used over a vowel, as in German or Hungarian, to indicate a different vowel quality, usually fronting or rounding.
This case is for a Swedish name, Nils Höglander. And it seems that Canucks fans will know what it and he is this season. A second-period goal for his first NHL Tally gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead. Two 3rd period goals by Brock Boeser would be the difference as the Canucks would defeat the Oilers 5-3 from Rogers Place.
The Canucks would start Braden Holtby in net while the Oilers would counter with Miko Koskinen. There was some question if Holtby or Thatcher Demko would get the start but they will both see net lots with a condensed season. Besides Nils making his NHL debut, defencemen Olli Juolevi was also making his NHL regular-season debut.
Evenly Matched First Period
The Canucks would start Captain Bo Horvat with Tanner Pearson and Nils Höglander who was making his NHL debut. Edmonton would start off with of course Connor McDavid. Despite flying all over the ice the whole night he was held off the scoresheet. The teams would feel each other out in the first 10 minutes allowing all the players to get onto the ice. A couple of shots for each team with the best chance coming to the Oilers.
The Canucks would get the first powerplay of the game when Kailer Yamamoto took a tripping penalty on Elias Pettersson at 10:39. Vancouver had some zone time and chances but Petey sent his shot wide of Koskinen. Edmonton would get their first chance on the powerplay shortly after when Jake Virtanen, who was playing on the top line, Cross checked Yamamoto at 12:53.
The Edmonton powerplay had flashes but the Canucks were good at keeping everything to the outside. The Oilers would also go 0/1 on their first powerplay of the season before the Vancouver Captain took over. Nils did some great work along the boards to get it to Tanner Pearson he rushed down the wing and both Zack Kassian and Adam Larsson tried to check him.
That left Bo Horvat wide open when the pass made it through. He was able to beat Koskinen to give the Canucks the 1-0 lead. Vancouver would outshoot the Oilers 8-7 in the first period and Quinn Hughes lead the Canucks with 7:54 of ice time. It was a great road period and start to the season for Vancouver.
Canucks Fans Are Introduced to Höglander And The Umlaut
The second period started slowly with lots of whistles and no pace. It was very obvious this was both team's first NHL game of the season. Edmonton would tie things up 5:39 into the second period thanks to Kailer Yamamoto. Juolevi would try and move the puck out of his own zone but a questionable hook and then trip lead to a turnover and Leon Draisaitl came away with the puck. He found Yamamoto who was able to beat Holtby and tie the game at one.
The game was tilting in the Oiler's favor as they would draw a penalty. McDavid would streak in on net and bet stopped by Holtby but newly acquired Canucks Travis Hamonic would take a slashing penalty at 10:01. The Oilers would fail on the powerplay not getting any chances on Vancouver.
The Canucks would turn things back in their favor thanks to the rookie Nils Höglander who would follow up on a Tanner Pearson shot and beat Koskinen on the rebound. You could see the excitement of his teammates as Alex Edler and Nate Schmidt would smoother him right away.
The Canucks would regain their one-goal lead. Holtby made 19 saves on 20 shots through the first two periods including a powerplay for Edmonton to end the period. Hamonic was forced to take another penalty on McDavid in a tough matchup for someone who has been in quarantine. Vancouver was able to kill it thanks to some big blocks by Brandon Sutter and Tyler Myers. The period would end 2-1 for the road team.
Brock Boeser, Adam Gaudette And 3rd Period Snipes
The Edmonton Oilers wouldn't go away and tied things up just 10 seconds into the 3rd period. Off the face-off, the puck came back to Ethan Bear who found Zack Kassian down the wing. He waited long enough to find Darnell Nurse jumping up into the play and he roofed it past Holtby to tie things up at two.
The game really opened up in the 3rd period, after the Nurse goal Vancouver came right back. Despite it not being in Warzone Adam Gaudette did some hard work and was set up by Antione Rousell for the Snipe. He whacked the puck pack Koskinen and Vancouver restored their one-goal lead. Cue the amazing Celly! Travis Hamonic would get the second assist and his first as a Canuck.
It wouldn't stop there as just 1:51 later Brock Boeser would get in on the action. What may have been more impressive on the play was the work done by Quinn Hughes to keep the puck in and slide it from his bottom to a wide-open Boeser. This play was amazing by the second year defencemen. The awareness to stop Leon Draisaitl from the rush to a little sweep pass to Brock. Hughes has upped his game on the first night it appears.
Boeser did the rest to snipe it past Miko Koskinen. I guess his wrist and more importantly, his shot is back to normal this season. The Canucks went into defensive mode and head coach Travis Green shortened the bench. The Oilers would strike at 8:18 of the 3rd period to once again cut the lead to one. Adam Larsson got the puck at the point from Caleb Jones after some hard work down low by Dominik Kahun. His blast from the point beat a screened Holtby and it was a one-goal game again.
In previous years Canucks fans might have been nervous and while there were nervous times for the defense. It never felt like the Canucks were going to blow the game. McDavid was buzzing around but everything was to the outside and the few dangerous chances that the Oilers got Braden Holtby was right there to close the door.
Boeser would ice things for the Canucks after a great break out by Hughes to find Pettersson. His cross-ice pass set Brock up with all the room that he needed and he wired it top shelf to seal the victory at the 13:46 mark of the 3rd period. You could see the relief in the celebration after many had wondered if Brock had lost his scoring touch.
Alex Edler would take a cross-checking penalty at 15:45 but Edmonton could not capitalize and cut into the lead. Even with a 6-4 advantage after pulling the goalie Vancouver was able to hold on defensively. A late penalty by Jesse Puljujarvi all but sealed the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 victory.
Thoughts and Post Game Notes
The Canucks defeated the Oilers 5-3 on opening night and there was plenty to take away from the game. Brock Boeser looks like his old sniper self from his rookie season with 2 goals. Quinn Hughes is just as amazing as ever making no-look passes from his backside. Vancouver also had great chances from the 3rd and 4th lines. This could be huge on a night that the Lotto Line (Minus the 9) was sawed off.
This is a heat map thanks to Natural Stat Trick. I like heat maps as they show me things in the form of heat. Bring on the heat for 2021! Someone who also brought the heat was rookie Nils "Make sure you have that Umlaut" Höglander. He scored his first NHL goal and probably should have been credited with the secondary assist on the Horvat goal for his work on the boards.
The youngster did not look out of place on the second line with Horvat and Pearson. One of the things that I did notice in the first game of the season as the Canucks defeat the Oilers 5-3 was the pairings on defense.
With Coach Green pairing up Edler and Schmidt, Hughes and Hamonic, and Myers and Juolevi we can already see better puck movement from last season. Vancouver is starting to look more and more like a team that could not only do well in the Scotia Bank North Division but possibly wins it!
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