The Canucks put up six and Cooper Marody scores the lone goal for the hosts in a 6-1 defeat at Rogers Place
EDMONTON, AB - Six separate Vancouver Canucks notched goals in a 6-1 defeat of the Oilers at Rogers Place on Thursday, earning the visitors their second-straight pre-season win over the Blue & Orange in three days.
The Oilers complete the second of a back-to-back tomorrow night against the Calgary Flames. The game can be seen on Sportsnet West and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. MST.
The Canucks went 2-for-6 on the power play, netting twice with the man advantage in the second period and outshooting the Oilers 11-4 in a defining 10-minute spell of the middle frame.
Cooper Marody's first-period goal and first of the pre-season that equalized the score two minutes after Brogan Rafferty's opening goal was the lone Oilers action of the tune-up.
"A lot of the bounces we didn't like, and all you can do right now is watch the tape, reflect on what you can do better, and come to the rink prepared tomorrow to work hard and bounce back," Marody said.
Goaltender Mikko Koskinen allowed four goals on 23 shots over two periods of action before giving way in the third to Shane Starrett, who made nine saves on 11 shots sent his way.
The Oilers rolled out a roster loaded with players looking to make an impression against a Canucks side flush with NHL experience up front in Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi and Jay Beagle, who each added a goal in tonight's contest.
"It was a great evaluation game right there," Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "I thought we were alright in the first period, and then they got that third goal and our paced slowed down. You learn a lot about players in games like that."
The Canucks struck early off a faceoff win by J.T. Miller that was hammered top shelf over the left shoulder of Koskinen by Rafferty four minutes into the contest.
But it took the Oilers just 2:13 to level things up from Marody banging a net-side rebound over the goal line past Vancouver netminder Jacob Markstrom. Oscar Klefbom notched his third assist of the pre-season, with Alex Chiasson earning the other helper.
Koskinen turned away Josh Leivo's tipped effort in close before holding down the fort during the Oilers first penalty kill with two sharp back-to-back pad stops.
The line of James Neal, Ryan McLeod and Joakim Nygard was buzzing early, and Neal nearly notched his second of the pre-season if not for the crossbar denying the 32-year-old with Markstrom sprawled out of position.
An offensive zone lapse proved costly when the Canucks sprung the opposite direction and Jay Beagle made the most of the turnover by firing up high over Koskinen with less than two minutes on the clock in the first period.
Vancouver broke up a scoreless second frame on the power play to double their lead to 3-1 on a cross-ice feed from Horvat that was put home from the goal line by Baertschi.
Lukas Jasek was equal to the good of his counterparts on the ensuing Canucks power play, ripping a wrist shot from the right circle far side over the pad of Koskinen.
In the final half of the second, the Canucks outshot the Oilers 11-4 to equal the shots at 23 apiece through 40 minutes.
"I thought first period we were making good plays," defenceman Matt Benning said. "We were moving it, we had some chances, our forecheck was pretty good, and in the second I think we got a little bit sloppy and they took it to us."
The Oilers woes were compounded 1:54 into the third with Starrett manning the crease in place of Koskinen when Horvat capitalized on a breakaway resulting from an Oilers blue-line turnover.
The scoreboard would read 6-1 before time ran out on a forgettable pre-season tilt for the Oilers, with Adam Gaudette firing the final major action of the game past Starrett in the final five minutes.
The Oilers won't wait long to rectify tonight's feat as they turn around and face their provincial rival Calgary Flames 24 hours later tomorrow night at Rogers Place in their third game in three nights.
"It's hard to play in the regular season too," Tippett said. "You get three games in four nights of travel, and you need people who can play in those situations. It's all part of the evaluation."