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Bo Horvat scores twice as Canucks beat Oilers 5-2 in NHL pre-season

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EDMONTON - Bo Horvat had two goals and an assist and Sven Baertschi had four assists as the Vancouver Canucks spoiled Edmonton's spotless pre-season record with a 5-2 victory over the Oilers on Thursday.

Ben Hutton, Yannick Weber and Jake Virtanen also scored for the Canucks, who improved to 3-3-1 in exhibition action. Virtanen also tacked on two helpers for a three-point outing.

Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov scored in response for the Oilers, who dropped to 6-1-0 in exhibition play.

It didn't take long for the scoring to start as Edmonton got on the board 1:29 into the game when Hall was able to sweep the puck into the Vancouver net after Canucks starter Jacob Markstrom made the initial stop on a backhand attempt by Connor McDavid.

Vancouver responded just 23 seconds later as a pass from behind the net by Virtanen that caught Oilers goalie Cam Talbot by surprise, hitting his stick and deflecting right to Horvat for the goal.

The Canucks took a 2-1 lead with eight minutes remaining in the opening period as Horvat screened Talbot in front to allow for a goal on a long shot from Hutton.

Edmonton tied the game with 42 seconds left in the first as Yakupov put on a burst of speed and then beat Markstrom with a quick wrist shot.

Vancouver got a gifted goal 24 seconds into the middle period as Andrej Sekera put a no-look backhand clearing attempt right on to the stick of Weber in front, and he scored a power-play marker.

The Canucks took a two-goal lead with 4:36 left in the second as a Weber hit Virtanen in the face and the puck caromed into the net.

Virtanen was cut badly on the play and left the ice, but was back for the third period and picked up an assist on an early breakaway goal by Horvat.

The two teams play each other again on Saturday in Vancouver to close out the pre-season.

Notes: While the Oilers were close to icing their regular season-starting lineup, the Canucks were still looking at some bubble players and sat out their top line, including Henrik and Daniel Sedin, neither of whom have recorded a point in three pre-season games apiece.

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