Vancouver Edge Edmonton For 3-2 Win In Final Game Of Preseason

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Vancouver Canucks’ Henrik Sedin (33) and Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) battle for the puck during first period NHL pre-season action in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday October 8, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Granlund Nets Winner, Markstrom Stops 34 Shots

andrewchernoff By Andrew Chernoff

October 8, 2016

Vancouver (3-2-2=8 pts) visited the Edmonton Oilers (5–3–0 =10 pts) in the second and last meeting between the two teams in preseason play, defeating the Oilers 3-2 to sweep their preseason series.

It was the Canucks first and only road victory of the 2016 preseason.

Brandon Sutter (2) scored the Canucks lone goal in the opening period, assisted by Philip Larsen (2) and Markus Granlund (3).

Then in the final period, Sven Baertschi (2) on the power play, assisted by Bo Horvat (2) and Alex Edler (6) tied the score at 2-2.

Markus Granlund (1) scored the game clinching goal, assisted by Alex Edler (7) and Brandon Sutter (1), with just under two and a half minutes left in the game.

Canucks starting goalie Jacob Markstrom played the entire game, stopping 34 of 36 shots in the game.

Vancouver were tied, 1-1 after one, behind 2-1, after two periods.

Edmonton outshot the Canucks 36-21 in the game, with Vancouver outhit by the Oilers  33-25.

Vancouver finishes 2016 preseason action with a road record of 1-2-1.

The Vancouver penalty kill was 1 for 2, with 3 shots against; the power play was 1 for 2 with 5 shots for.

Game Notes

  • Canucks only had 8-shots after two periods:
    • four by two forwards, Brandon Sutter with 3-shots and Markus Granlund with 1 shot;
    • the rest came from defenseman: Hutton, Edler, Stecher and Biega with single shots.
  • Vancouver had 15 blocked shots and just 7-giveaways in the game.
  • Face-offs:
    • in the defensive zone, Canucks were 10 for 16: 63 percent
    • offensive zone, 7 for 13: 54 percent
    • neutral zone, 7 for 24: 29 percent
    • Horvat was 7-14; H.Sedin, 8-17; Sutter, 6-13; Ruutu, 2-8.
  • Alex Edler finished the preseason with 7 assists to lead Vancouver, picking up two assists tonight.
  • Tuumo Ruutu had 5 hits to pace the Canucks, with Emerson Etem and Luca Sbisa, 3 hits each.
  • The Canucks had 4 players with a positive Corsi For (All Situations) in the game led by Ben Hutton +8; Sven Baertschi, +5; Loui Ericksson +3; ; Bo Horvat +1.
  • Vancouver had 4 players with a positive Corsi For (5-on-5): Ben Hutton +7; Sven Baertschi +3; Alex Biega +2; and Loui Ericksson +1.
  • For the game, Vancouver finished with a positive Corsi For (All Situations) of +46, Edmonton +61. Corsi For (5-on-5), Vancouver was +39, Calgary +55.

Next Game: October 15, 2016-Season Opener at Rogers Arena at 7 p.m. PST

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