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Edmonton 3, Vancouver 2
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Travis Gawryletz, Travis Toomey
Attendance: 16034

Kyle Turris scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout to give the host Edmonton Oilers a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in both teams' season openers on Wednesday.

Jesse Puljujarvi and Zach Hyman also tallied for Edmonton, which received a 36-save performance from goaltender Mike Smith, on top of stopping four of five opponents in the shootout.

Oilers captain Connor McDavid, who won the league's scoring race last season for the third time in five campaigns, collected a pair of assists. The Oilers didn't have a single game last season go to a shootout.

With a chance to play hero after his team blew a 2-0 lead in the third period, Turris converted with a shot from the slot to earn the win.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Quinn Hughes responded with key goals to force extra time, but the visitors -- on a night when Thatcher Demko stopped 32 shots through overtime in a top-rate goaltender duel -- couldn't find the winner.

Puljujarvi's rebound goal at 16:55 of the opening frame put the hosts on the board first. Hyman -- who joined Edmonton after signing a seven-year, $38.5 million contract in the offseason -- doubled the lead with a power-play goal at 17:12 of the second period.

However, the Canucks staged a successful third-period comeback to force overtime. Ekman-Larsson, who was acquired via trade in the summer, scored with a long shot on the power play at 12:28 of the period, and then Hughes fired a sharp-angled offering that somehow found the mark with 2:49 remaining in regulation.

Nils Hoglander netted a pair of assists in the loss.

Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl assisted Hyman's goal, which gives him a point in six consecutive season-opening games. The Oilers' record for a season-opening point streak is seven, held by Wayne Gretzky.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Vancouver   Edmonton
Nils Hoglander 2 Points Connor McDavid 2
Oliver Ekman-Larsson 1 Goals Zach Hyman 1
Nils Hoglander 2 Assists Connor McDavid 2
Oliver Ekman-Larsson 1 Power Play Goals Zach Hyman 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Thatcher Demko .941 Save Percentage Mike Smith .947
Thatcher Demko 32 Saves Mike Smith 36
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Vancouver 38 2 1-5 1-2 11 19
Edmonton 34 3 1-2 4-5 25 34
Upcoming Games
  • Edmonton will play their next game at home against Calgary. The Oilers have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Vancouver will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Canucks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.