Oilers rebound, defeat Canucks in shootout in season opener


EDMONTON — Connor McDavid had two assists for the Edmonton Oilers in a 3-2 shootout win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place on Wednesday in the season opener for each team.

Zach Hyman scored in his debut for the Oilers, and Mike Smith made 36 saves, including three in overtime.

Kyle Turris scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in his debut for the Canucks, who came back from down two goals in the third period. Thatcher Demko made 32 saves.

Jesse Puljujarvi scored at 16:55 of the first period to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. He collected a rebound in front and lifted a shot over Demko.

Hyman scored on the power play on a three-way passing play with McDavid and Leon Draisaitl at 17:12 of the second period to make it 2-0.

Ekman-Larsson scored on the power play at 12:28 of the third period to make it 2-1.

Quinn Hughes scored at 17:11 on a shot from the left boards that beat Smith on the short side to tie it 2-2.

Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the first goal of the shootout in the top of the fourth round, but Bo Horvat scored to extend it in the bottom half.

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