The Vancouver Canucks scored on both of their power play chances Wednesday night in beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-3.
Anton Rodin notched the winner on the man advantage with 4:07 left in the third period. Erik Gudbranson added an empty-netter to seal the deal.
The game was tied 2-2 after the first period. Drake Caggiula had both Edmonton goals.
In the second period, Ben Hutton beat Jonas Gustavsson on a wrap around, but the goal didn’t count as the officials missed the puck crossing the line. There’s no video replay in the pre-season. Joe Labate later put the Canucks ahead 3-2. Griffin Reinhart tied it for the Oilers in the last minute of the frame.
Canucks defenceman Tory Stecher, who was Caggiula’s teammate last season at the University of North Dakota, recorded a goal and two assists.
The Oilers top line of Connor McDavid, Milan Lucic, and Jordan Eberle was held without a point.
Head coach Todd McLellan says he needs more consistency out of that line.
“I thought they were really good early and good late,” says McLellan. “(But) in between not as much (was) done. I thought they would get a little more accomplished on the power play. But for the first time playing together I thought they looked dangerous.”
The Oilers went 1/6 in the game with the extra man.
Eberle says making adjustments is what the preseason is for.
“If we want to grow our game as a line, I think we’re going to have to find some ways to score on the cycle,” explains Eberle. “(We also need to) get our (defence) involved, and find ways to get some greasy goals that way. So that’s what we’re focusing on doing. And getting some chemistry.”
Gustavsson played the first two periods and allowed three goals on 17 shots. Nick Ellis played the third and stopped 10 of 11 shots.
The Oilers continue their pre-season Friday night in Winnipeg. (jrw/km)