Goalie Report: Pickard Rescues Oilers to Knot Series 2-2 with Canucks

Pickard rescues Oilers

Calvin Pickard, Oilers
Saves: 19/21
Save Percentage: .905

In a critical Game 4, Calvin Pickard made his first NHL playoff start, delivering 19 saves on 21 shots and securing a .905 save percentage. Pickard’s performance was crucial as the Oilers claimed their first regulation win over the Canucks in eight games. This victory marked only his second win of the year against a playoff team.

Before Game 4, Pickard stepped in for the struggling Stuart Skinner, who had a .793 save percentage, and helped prevent the Oilers from falling further behind in the series. Head coach Kris Knoblauch’s decision to switch goalies showcased his bold strategy to reignite the team’s momentum. Although Knoblauch hinted at Skinner’s return for Game 6 or 7, it would be wise to stick with Pickard’s winning form as they prepare for Game 5 at Rogers Arena.

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Arturs Silovs, Canucks
Saves: 27/30
Save Percentage: .900

Once again, the Canucks relied on their third-string goalie, Arturs Silovs, who put up a strong fight with 27 saves on 30 shots, achieving a .900 save percentage. Throughout the playoffs, the 23-year-old Silovs has maintained a 4-3 record, a 2.71 goals-against average, and a .907 save percentage, facing some of the top scorers in the league.

Silovs’ efforts have been commendable, but Vancouver’s lack of offensive support led to their Game 4 loss. To advance to the next round, the Canucks need to provide Silovs with more scoring assistance.

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