Oilers Triumph in Overtime to Level Series Against Canucks

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Evan Bouchard became the hero for the Edmonton Oilers, sealing a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in overtime on Friday night. This win evens the second-round playoff series at one game apiece.

The dynamic duo of Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid showcased their prowess, each contributing a goal and three assists to the Oilers’ cause. Mattias Ekholm also found the back of the net for Edmonton, while goaltender Stuart Skinner made 16 crucial saves.

Vancouver put up a fierce fight, with Nikita Zadorov tallying a goal and an assist, and Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser also lighting the lamp for the Canucks. Arturs Silovs stood tall in the net, turning away 27 shots.

The pivotal Game 3 in this best-of-seven series is slated for Sunday in Edmonton.

In the overtime period, Bouchard clinched the victory with a precise shot that found its way past Silovs, igniting celebration among the Oilers faithful.

McDavid’s lightning-fast skating skills leveled the score at 3-3 early in the third period. Outpacing Canucks defenders, he unleashed a blistering shot that beat Silovs, marking his second postseason goal.

Despite Edmonton’s relentless pressure in the third period, dominating possession and outshooting Vancouver 15-2, they were unable to find the game-winner in regulation, setting the stage for Bouchard’s heroics in overtime.

Both teams managed to capitalize on the power play, with Edmonton and Vancouver each converting one of their three opportunities.

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Vancouver drew first blood on the power play, courtesy of a quick strike from Pettersson early in the game. Edmonton responded later in the period with a power-play goal of their own, as Draisaitl capitalized on McDavid’s setup to knot the score at 1-1.

The back-and-forth action continued in the second period, with Boeser tipping in a shot to give Vancouver the lead, only for Ekholm to equalize moments later. Zadorov’s late-period goal put the Canucks ahead once more heading into the final frame.

However, Edmonton’s resilience shone through, ultimately leading to Bouchard’s game-winning goal in overtime and ensuring an enthralling series moving forward.

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