In quick turnaround, Oilers look to avenge loss to Canucks

Kris Russell Tanner Pearson

Leon Draisaitl had two power play goals and the Oilers ended a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. Boeser netted his 70th career goal in his 168th game, the third fastest ever that a Canucks player reached that mark behind Pavel Bure and Tony Tanti, by redirecting a cross-ice pass from Quinn Hughes.

Draisaitl (18 goals, 32 assists) and McDavid (19 goals, 32 assists) are the first set of teammates since 1995-96 to collect 50 or more points before their team's 30th game.

The Canucks went into the game Saturday seven points back of the Oilers, who are first in the Pacific Division. Edmonton's goalies have been strong overall so far on the year with Mike Smith recording a record of 7-6-1, with 1 shutout and goals against average of 2.66. Connor McDavid and Alex Chiasson each had two helpers.

And for good measure there was a Harlem Globetrotters like foray in the opening period to erase a 1-0 deficit that will find the highlight reels.

"There have been a couple of those games this year where it kind of slipped away in the third".

"It's a frustrating one", he said.

While the Oilers were smoked 4-1 in Colorado Wednesday, the Vancouver Canucks crashed, giving up six third-period goals and tumbled 8-6 in Pittsburgh.

TOP PERFORMERS: Christopher Tanev leads the Canucks with a plus-three in 27 games played this season.

The Canucks tied it 1-1 at 15:34 of the first period when Boeser scored on a tap-in from atop the crease.

After a flurry of chances by the Oilers that were denied by Markstrom, Vancouver struck twice in a span of 4:17 as Pearson scored his second of the game and Eriksson would tally his first goal of the season on a backhand feed from Horvat to give Vancouver a 4-2 lead. Not only do Draisatl and McDavid rank first and second, respectively, in points but they are also the only two forwards in the National Hockey League averaging over 22 minutes of ice time per game.

"It was awesome to be back with Lou and Pears", said Horvat.

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It's been a rough season for Eriksson, who has been a healthy scratch for 12 games this year and when he's been in the lineup, he's been used sparingly, but he was excellent in his promotion up the lineup.

"We should look at our own game and come back strong", defenseman Adam Larsson said.

"He hasn't complained once this year". "We did a lot of good things in that game too, but we had some breakdowns and made some mistakes that I don't think we're normally making". We're going to see a quick game but the Oil need to be the more disciplined team.

The teams exchanged their goals in the first half.

"They are good players", said Edmonton coach Dave Tippett. "We're chasing goals. and don't have the same commitment to defending".



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