Canucks 5, Oilers three: Hoglander makes memorable debut, Boeser delivers


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Horvat adopted his sturdy and satisfying post-season by scoring Wednesday. He drove the slot in anticipation of a Tanner Pearson cross, a candy spin transfer that drew defenders, and the centre was on their own to snap a short-side shot dwelling.


EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 13: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers takes a shot against goaltender Braden Holtby #49 of the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place on January 13, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775607945
Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers takes a shot towards goaltender Braden Holtby of the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place on Wednesday. Picture by Codie McLachlan /Getty Photos

HOLTBY HOLDS FORT

Holtby discovered that the Oilers have been going to go brief facet early and that McDavid was going to ultimately check his positioning and mettle after being held and not using a shot within the opening interval.

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With the Canucks up 1-Zero within the second interval, McDavid sped away after Travis Hamonic had his level shot kicked apart. The Oilers captain did a toe-drag on Hamonic after which hesitated with the hope that Holtby would chunk. He didn’t.

And though Yamamoto would draw the Oilers even, the veteran Holtby got here proper again to cease Jesse Puljujarvi after which Dominic Kahun, who additionally tried to get the Canucks starter to commit early. McDavid then sped away once more and was foiled on a backhanded deke to attract a Hamonic slashing penalty.

Holtby was overwhelmed early within the third interval when Darnell Nurse went far facet by way of a maze and by Adam Larsson on a display screen.

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Jan 13, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser (6) tries to check Edmonton Oilers defensemen Ethan Bear (74) during the second period at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Vancouver Canucks ahead Brock Boeser (6) tries to examine Edmonton Oilers defensemen Ethan Bear (74) in the course of the second interval at Rogers Place. Picture by Perry Nelson /USA TODAY Sports activities

NO VEXING VIRTANEN

Jake Virtanen flew below the camp radar as a result of the stunning Hoglander and regular Juolevi commanded consideration as rookies. However the Miller analysis has thrust Virtanen again into the top-six combine and extra scrutiny — even after a profession season.

Aligned with Elias Pettersson and Boeser, he offered a pace aspect to open up house for his linemates. Virtanen additionally took a cross-checking minor within the opening interval, however the important thing for him to remain on that line isn’t doing one thing spectacular, however not doing one thing silly and be accountable. He hit the put up within the third interval and virtually snapped a 2-2 draw.

“An enormous alternative,” stated Virtanen. “It’s not the place I’m taking part in and am I going to be upset about it — it’s in regards to the crew first and the way we’re going to win video games. Greener is aware of I can play up and down the lineup.”

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