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Up and Coming Oilers Beat Canucks 2-1 in OT (Video)

You would think that the Canucks would try and start off a 5 game home stand in better fashion, but instead they have lost the first two to the Blues, and Oilers, falling to 3-1-2 in the early season.

The Canucks had their fair share of chances to win the game but were not able to convert which ultimately left the gate wide open for the Edmonton Oilers to capitalize.

To open the scoring with Derek Dorsett in the penalty box for tripping, Connor McDavid chipped a pass off the boards to himself to gain the blue line, getting behind Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa in the process. McDavid cut down near the goal line before sending a pass through the slot to Yakupov, who buried a one-timer over the glove of a sliding Miller for a 1-0 lead at 3:23 of the first period.

After the game Yakupov spoke about what it’s like to play with McDavid and how you have to be ready all the time.

“He’s always trying to see someone to be open” said Yakupov. “He’s always going to move the puck. With this guy, you just have to be ready all the time.”

The Canucks were able to tie the game up late in the first period courtesy of Matt Bartkowski when a point shot that deflected off Oilers defenseman Mark Fayne in the high slot dipped under the glove of Nilsson as Bo Horvat crashed the crease.

After no scoring in the second period, the Canucks had a golden chance late in the third to take the lead  but Daniel Sedin chipped the puck over a wide-open net from inside the crease after Nilsson stopped Henrik Sedin on a breakaway.

“When you watch the 10 mishaps or the top-10 plays, you see those,” McLellan said. “It’s a break we needed, and we took advantage of it.”

The Canucks had plenty of chances throughout the night but in the end Anders Nilsson was too much to overcome.

The 6-foot-5 Swedish goalie made a good blocker save on Alexander Edler in the slot on a 3-on-2 rush 26 seconds into the game, gloved a backhand shot from Adam Cracknell alone in the slot late in the period, and stopped Sven Baertschi on a breakaway early in the second period.

In the end, the game went to overtime, and the Oilers were able to seal the deal.

Defenseman Andrej Sekera stripped the puck from Canucks captain Henrik Sedin in the Oilers zone to start a 2-on-1 rush, then sent Lauri Korpikoski in alone for a shot that trickled through the legs of Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller and across the goal line 1:46 into overtime.

Once again Miller had another stellar night stopping 22 out of 24 shots he faced, but ultimately lost for the first time in 13 career starts against the Oilers.

Up next: The Canucks have three days off before they welcome Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals to Rogers Arena for a Thursday night game.

Written by: Hamed Amiri

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