McDavid, Draisaitl reach 50 points, Oilers defeat Canucks

Ross Houston
December 4, 2019

The Oilers tied it up in the second period, but Vancouver took the lead again via a Pearson goal at the 6:13 mark of the second with assists going to Bo Horvat and Quinn Hughes.

Leon Draisaitl's second goal of the game early in the third period was the victor as the visiting Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Sunday in the second half of a home-and-home series on consecutive nights.

"I just thought he played really well last night (Saturday) and we feel it's a big game for us and we're going back with our starting goalie", he said. "It was a gritty effort through the whole lineup".

After the loss, Edmonton dropped to 16-8-3 on the season and is now in 1st place in the Pacific Division. Draisaitl set up shop near the right faceoff dot and one-timed the pass from McDavid for his 17th of the season.

Josh Leivo and Brock Boeser scored the Canucks (13-11-4), who are 3-3-0 in their last six games.

But Draisaitl's power-play goal 105 seconds later equaled the score at 2-2. He took a pass from James Neal and was untouched making good on a backdoor play.

Josh Archibald also scored, Alex Chiasson had two assists, and Mikko Koskinen made 29 saves for Edmonton (17-9-3), which bounced back from a 5-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday and avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season.

Miller toyed with three Oiler defenders as he circled back high toward the blueliner and as he cut back, the winger fended off a defender and fed a flawless cross-ice backhand feed to Quinn Hughes. In their previous game, they held a 6-3 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins six minutes into the third period only to surrender five unanswered goals and fall 8-6. "He hasn't played anywhere else but the fourth line and he wanted the opportunity and sometimes you have to re-assess things and we gave him that opportunity tonight and you have to give him credit, that line played real good". The Canucks when they are rolling are a risky dynamic team, but when they make mistakes other teams can capitalize quickly.

"I thought they were really good tonight, Connor really had his legs tonight". Defenceman Matt Benning will return to the lineup after missing the past five games with a concussion, courtesy of San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane. "It was kind of goofy game, but we're past that now, we learned from it and we're excited to play this game". Our guys competed hard, our goaltender was good (and) our big guys played well. These next two games should be telling for Holland how much this team needs a real third line centre as well as how vital Nuge is to the long term future of this team.

The teams exchanged their goals in the first half.

"We shut them down", said Draisaitl. "We have a back-to-back here and at the end of the day we're hockey players and we want to play hockey".

"The third period was our best tonight", said Koskinen. Vancouver is 4 in the league with the man advantage as they convert 26.7 percent of their chances on the power play.

You're not going to stop the dashing and dazzling duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the league's top two scorers, but you can try to limit the damage.

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