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Edmonton 3, Vancouver 2
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Jake Brenk, Brad Meier
Linesmen: Travis Gawryletz, Trent Knorr
Attendance: 18347

Connor McDavid scored the go-ahead goal at 14:37 of the third period as the Edmonton Oilers rallied to defeat the visiting Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Leon Draisaitl added a goal and two assists for the Oilers, playing their first regular-season game under new coach Dave Tippett. Zack Kassian added a goal and an assist, and defenseman Matt Benning had two assists.

Goaltender Mike Smith, making his Oilers debut after being signed away from the rival Calgary Flames as a free agent, made 31 saves.

Alexander Edler and Tanner Pearson scored for the Canucks, who had won their past five season openers. Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves.

McDavid, a former league MVP and two-time scoring champion, returned after sustaining a torn posterior cruciate ligament in the 2018-19 regular-season finale.

On the game-winning play, he took a pass from Draisaitl outside the Vancouver blue line and drove down the center of the ice, splitting two Canucks defensemen, before lifting a shot over Markstrom's blocker and into the net. It was McDavid's sixth career opening-night goal, breaking the franchise record shared by Wayne Gretzky, Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff.

The score was 1-1 heading into the third period.

Pearson gave the Canucks their first lead of the night, 2-1, at 9:41 of the third by tipping a shot from the point by Tyler Myers over Smith's shoulder.

Kassian tied the score 1:11 later, taking a cross-ice pass from Draisaitl at the left faceoff circle and beating Markstrom high to the glove side.

Draisaitl opened the scoring at 5:42 of the first period. He won a faceoff in the Vancouver end, and the puck went back to Benning at the point. Benning's shot was stopped by Markstrom, but Kassian was able to corral the rebound and passed to a wide-open Draisaitl near the right post. Draisaitl put the puck over a sprawling Markstrom and into the net.

Edler tied the score at 11:58 of the second period with a low slap shot from the point, one second after an Edmonton penalty for too many men on the ice had expired.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Vancouver   Edmonton
Alexander Edler 1 Points Leon Draisaitl 3
Alexander Edler 1 Goals Leon Draisaitl 1
Brock Boeser 1 Assists Leon Draisaitl 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jacob Markstrom .864 Save Percentage Mike Smith .939
Jacob Markstrom 19 Saves Mike Smith 31
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vancouver 33 2 0-4 2-2 4 25
Edmonton 22 3 0-2 4-4 8 24
Upcoming Games
  • Edmonton will play their next game at home against Los Angeles. The Oilers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Vancouver will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Canucks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.