EDMONTON — Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith confirmed he’s prepared for the NHL’s common season to start out on an evening when two key Vancouver Canucks hit the scoresheet throughout their long-awaited return.
The veteran goalie made 37 saves, had an help and nearly scored a purpose on an empty-net try because the Edmonton Oilers got here away with a 3-2 victory over Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes and the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday in NHL pre-season play.
“As camp goes on you wish to construct your sport and construct and construct and when the season begins to be peaking and taking part in a few of your greatest hockey,” stated Smith, 39. “I really feel like my sport is the place it must be proper now.”
Pettersson and Hughes had been taking part in for the primary time this pre-season after signing extensions with the Canucks final week.
Hughes had a purpose and an help, whereas Pettersson had an help.
“I felt fairly good, little jitters firstly, after not having performed in awhile,” stated Hughes. “It was thrilling to go on the market and play in entrance of followers once more.”
Oilers newcomer Derek Ryan stated Smith didn’t appear like he was merely taking part in one other pre-season tilt.
“He was dialed in tonight,” he stated. “He’s only a fierce competitor. You see it on the ice the place he’s combating for each puck, combating for each angle. He’s like one other defenceman again there, making performs and outlet passes and beating their forecheck. He’s an elite asset to have right here.”
Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid every had a purpose and an help and Ryan additionally recorded a purpose for the Oilers (5-1-1), who received their third in a row.
Hughes and Nic Petan replied for the Canucks (2-4-0), who’ve misplaced two straight.
Edmonton’s deadly energy play was given a two-man benefit and cashed in seven minutes into the primary interval when McDavid despatched it throughout to Draisaitl, who blasted a one-timer previous Vancouver goalie Jaroslav Halak.
The Oilers energy play struck once more with 1:26 left within the opening body when Smith despatched an extended go up ice and McDavid put a puck previous Halak quick to the glove facet for his third purpose and ninth level in 4 pre-season video games.
The Canucks acquired one again with an influence play of their very own as Hughes blasted an extended shot by site visitors previous Smith two minutes into the second interval.
Vancouver scored the sport’s fourth power-play purpose three minutes later as Petan tipped a Pettersson go into the online.
Edmonton regained the lead with an even-strength marker halfway by the center interval as Ryan tipped in a Duncan Keith level shot.
There was a scary state of affairs late within the third when Oilers ahead Zack Kassian hit his head on the ice along with his helmet popped off after a battle with Zack MacEwan. Kassian laid immobile for some time, however was later capable of head to the dressing room on his ft, albeit with assist.
“He acquired a fairly good bump on his head from hitting the ice, however he’s in good spirits,” stated Oilers head coach Dave Tippett. “He was telling jokes once I got here and noticed him after the sport.
“It was a type of moments that upsets you. You by no means wish to see that occur. It was a freak factor. His helmet comes off and he simply falls the improper manner and bangs his head. It’s fortunate that he appears alright.”
Halak made 39 saves within the loss.
It was the primary of three consecutive video games between the Oilers and Canucks. They may shut out pre-season play on Saturday in Vancouver earlier than going through one another once more to start out the common season on Wednesday again in Edmonton.
Notes: Pettersson and Hughes performed for the Canucks for the primary time within the pre-season after lastly agreeing to contract extensions final weekendâ¦ Additionally taking part in his first exhibition sport was Oilers defenceman Kris Russell, who was recovering from an higher physique issueâ¦ Oilers ahead Kailer Yamamoto was out with a doable concussion, opening the door for veteran Kyle Turris to maneuver as much as the second line for the contestâ¦ Oiler hopeful Brendan Perlini, who leads the league with 5 pre-season objectives, was a wholesome scratch.
— With information from Sportsnet