- On Friday night, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in a shootout at Roger Place, bringing the regular season to a close.
- Two minutes later, Conor Garland scored on the short side of Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen to put Vancouver back in front.
The Edmonton Oilers ended the normal season with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Roger Place on Friday night.
The shootout lasted six rounds, with Devin Shore of the Edmonton Oilers scoring the lone goal.
After the game, Oilers defenceman Tyson Barrie stated, “The previous few have been different in that they don’t have any influence on the standings, so I don’t believe we’ve been as close as we could be.”
In the first period, J.T. Miller scored for the Canucks, blasting a shot just under the crossbar for his 32nd goal of the season.
The second session ended with no goals. Shore had a wonderful chance to put the Oilers on the board, but he couldn’t get the puck past the outstretched pad of Vancouver goaltender Spencer Martin.
“We didn’t get off to the best start we could have,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said. “We were a little on our heels for a while, but I think we settled in.”
Brett Kulak of Edmonton tied it up 31 seconds into the third period with a point shot past Martin.
“To see them dig in and find a way to win — it’s the final game of the regular season, but it puts us in a good mindset as we get ready for the playoffs,” Woodcroft said.
Conor Garland hit Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen’s short side two minutes later to put Vancouver back in ahead.
With 10:50 remaining, Edmonton made a comeback, with Tyson Barrie’s long wrister escaping Martin.
After the game, Koskinen remarked, “We have a system where everyone believes and has bought in, and I think it really makes a difference.”
In regular and overtime, Koskinen made 39 saves. In the shootout, he stopped all six Canucks shooters.
“I enjoy the shootout,” remarked Koskinen. “I put in a lot of practice time with the boys after practice, so I’m quite confident when we go into a shootout.”
The Edmonton Oilers finished the regular season with a 49-27-6 record. They face the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs at home. The 1st game is slated to take place on Monday.
“We believe we have the best fans in the National Hockey League – the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans,” Woodcroft added.
“I know how excited everyone is for the playoffs, and I know how excited our players are to play to their full potential against a quality opponent, having seen a playoff run in this city firsthand.”
Source: CTV News
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