Late Game Heroics Not Enough For Vancouver



It was a game to forget for many Canuck fans Saturday night as the Oilers were in town to finish off what was an abysmal pre-season showing from the hometown team. Now if you were to only see the scoreboard you may not think Edmonton would have controlled most of the play through three periods.

Yes, the game ended 3-2 for yet another victory for the Edmonton Oilers, but don’t let it fool you. The Vancouver Canucks would get out to an early start at one point leading in shots 10-5 in the first period. But that wouldn’t last long as the Oilers would gain a much-needed boost from a power-play goal scored by Evan Bouchard late in the period.

But Edmonton wasn’t done yet, just over a minute later Brendan Perlini would add fuel to the fire scoring his 6th pre-season goal to create the two-goal lead over Vancouver. The second period wouldn’t muster up much creativity as both sides would only combine for 13 shots. Kailer Yamamoto would score six minutes into the period as what some would describe a “snoozefest”.

Nonetheless the Canucks never failed to attempt to make a game of it, if nothing else for the fans. They would again come out firing everything they could to the net, sadly to no avail, but not until Philip Di Giuseppe scored Vancouver’s first of the game assisted by Matthew Highmore and Justin Dowling.

Scored at 13:44, this goal didn’t give the hometown team much time to work with, yet they were destined to make it interesting. With over 3 minutes left in the game the Canucks would pull goaltender Thatcher Demko to allow themselves the extra skater, a risky move at best, but with the potential of greatness.

With the goalie pulled J.T Miller would go on to score with just over two minutes left in the game. A beautiful tip in assisted by Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson. Yet that just wasn’t enough as the Canucks would go on to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Edmonton netminder Stuart Skinner, eventually losing 3-2.

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