By Andrew Chernoff
September 28, 2016
Vancouver (1-0-1) won its first game of the 2016 preseason schedule with a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers (1-1-0) at home tonight.
Anton Rodin scored the winner on the power play with 4:07 left in the game to lift the Canucks to the victory with Erik Gudbranson scoring a shorthanded empty net goal to seal the game at Rogers Place.
Troy Stecher (1-2=3), Alex Edler (0-3=3), and Anton Rodin (1-1=2) led Vancouver with Brendan Gaunce, Josepth LaBate and Erik Gudbranson picking up goals. Michael Carone and James Sheppard also picked up helpers.
Canucks goalie Ryan Miller allowed two goals and had 15 saves in 30:19 of work before goalie Thatcher Demko came in to finish the game for Vancouver, finishing up with one goal against and 8 saves.
Vancouver outshot Edmonton 29-26, with the Canucks outhitting the Oilers 34-19.
Canucks special teams were 2 for 2 on the power play and 5 for 6 on the penalty kill.
Vancouver was also 29 for 63: 46-percent in face-offs in the game.
The Canucks had eleven players with a positive Corsi For (All Situations) in the game led by Michael Carcone, +9; Jayson Megna +8; Troy Stecher +7. 5-on-5, Vancouver had eight players with a positive Corsi For, led by Michael Carcone and Jayson Megna with a +9; Brendan Gaunce, +6; Olli Juolevi and Alex Biega, +3 each.
For the game, Edmonton finished with a positive Corsi For (All Situations) of +49, Vancouver +47. Both teams 5-on-5, each had a positive Corsi For of +36.
Next Game: September 30, 2016 at Calgary Flames 6 p.m. PST
- For the second consecutive game in preseason, Vancouver had the opening goal of the game, a rarity last season.
- The opening goal was on the power play, first of the preseason, ending their streak at man advantage futility at 0 for 5.
- The Oilers, as San Jose did the night before, came out hard and dominated the game early, out shooting the Canucks 7-2 at one point and controlling puck possession.
- Troy Stecher and Brendan Gaunce each had a good opening period, scoring a goal each and Stecher picking up a helper on Gaunce’s goal.
- Oilers had a 5 on 3 advantage with 55.9 seconds left in the opening period, and scored to tie the game at 2-2.
- Edmonton outshot Vancouver 13-8 in the first period, making it four consecutive periods in regulation play the Canucks have been outshot starting the preseason, giving up 45 while only registering 22 on net.
- Troy Stetcher led the Canucks in Corsi For (All Situations) with a +4, with three Canucks at +2 at 5-on-5: Brendan Gaunce, Jayson Megna and Michael Carcone.
- Edmonton had a Corsi For (All Situations) of +25; Canucks +12. 5-on-5, Edmonton was a +19 and Vancouver a +9.
- Canucks continued to stay in penalty trouble in the second period as they received a tripping penalty soon after starting the period, making it three penalties in 3:26 going back to the opening period.
- Ryan Miller stopped 15 of 17 shots before being replaced by Thatcher Demko with 9:41 left in the period.
- Joe LaBate’s goal in the second period gave the Canucks their third lead of the game.
- Oilers made it consecutive periods with a last minute goal, to tie the game at 3-3.
- Vancouver outshot Edmonton 9-8 in the period, the first time they have outshot an opponent in a period this preseason, in the second period.
- After two period, Michael Carcone led the Canucks in Corsi For (All Situations) with a +4, with Michael Carcone and Jayson Megna at +4 on 5-on-5.
- In the period, Vancouver had a Corsi For (All Situations) of +16; Oilers +14. 5-on-5, Vancouver was +13, Oilers a +9.
- With 12:41 left in the third period, Vancouver was outshooting Edmonton 5-1 and rushing the Oiler net to get scoring opportunities.
- Canucks out played the Oilers in the third, getting some excellent scoring opportunities.
- Troy Stecher had his second assist of the game on Anton Rodin’s power play goal late in the period. Alex Edler picked up his third assist of the game on the same goal, to go with an assist in the first and second periods.
- Canucks had their first shorthanded empty net goal of the young preseason to give the Canucks a two goal cushion for the victory.
- Vancouver outshot Edmonton 12-5 in the period.
- Canucks had a Corsi For (All Situations) of +19; Oilers +10. 5-on-5, Vancouver was a +14 and Edmonton a +8.