Dramatic victory for the Oilers in Game 4

Dramatic victory for the Oilers in Game 4
Dramatic victory for the Oilers in Game 4

EDMONTON – Evan Bouchard scored the game-winning goal with 39 seconds left in the third period and the Edmonton Oilers snatched a dramatic 3-2 victory from the Vancouver Canucks in Game 4 of the second-round series at Rogers Place on Tuesday .

Brock Boeser had tied the game 62 seconds earlier as the Canucks pulled their goaltender thanks to a sixth skater.

This is the first time in eight duels between the two teams this season that the Oilers have won in regulation time.

The series is now tied 2-2. Game 5 will take place in Vancouver on Thursday.

Bouchard and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored, and Calvin Pickard, in his first career playoff start, made 19 saves.

Conor Garland and Dakota Joshua were the Canucks’ scorers. Arturs Silovs stopped 27 of the 30 pucks aimed his way.

Draisaitl opened the scoring by completing a typical play between him and Connor McDavid on the power play at 11:10 of the first period. The German completed the captain’s pass with a shot from the bottom of the left circle.

The Oilers thus set a team record with a power play goal in a ninth consecutive playoff game. Draisaitl, meanwhile, became the franchise’s first player since Mark Messier in 1988 to begin a spring tournament with a nine-game point streak.

Nugent-Hopkins doubled Edmonton’s lead at 19:20 of the second period, going for the shot on a two-on-one downhill with McDavid. It was his 50th career playoff point.

Garland got the Canucks on the board at 6:54 of the third period when his shot ricocheted off defenseman Darnell Nurse in front of the net.

Joshua deflected Brock Boeser’s shot at 18:19, but Bouchard would play the hero at 19:21 with a veiled shot from the top of the slot.

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