The Edmonton Oilers 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night time at Rogers Place was overshadowed by a scary second late within the third interval.
Zack Kassian’s naked head hit the ice on the finish of a struggle with Vancouver’s Zack MacEwen with 3:56 left within the third interval. Kassian’s helmet had popped off throughout the bout. The pair tumbled to the ice with MacEwen touchdown on high of Kassian. MacEwen instantly signaled to the Oilers bench that Kassian wanted assist. After being on the ice for a few minutes, Kassian received to his toes and was helped to the Oilers dressing room.
“He’s received a reasonably good bump on his head from hitting the ice, however he was in good spirits,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett stated post-game.
“It’s a kind of ones that upsets you. It’s a freak factor. His helmet falls off and he falls the unsuitable method.”
“To see him like that on the ice, it makes me sick to my abdomen,” Derek Ryan stated.
The Oilers energy play boosted them to a 2-0 lead after the primary interval. Leon Draisaitl whapped residence a one-timer off a go from Connor McDavid. Later, McDavid blazed in on the proper wing and flipped a brief facet shot previous Jaroslav Halak.
The Canucks replied with two energy play objectives within the first six minutes of the second. Quinn Hughes pounded a degree shot previous Mike Smith, then Nic Petan scored on a tip in entrance. Ryan restored the Oilers lead by deflecting a Duncan Keith shot by means of Halak.
“Clearly getting that aim was large for the arrogance however we felt helpful in all conditions,” Ryan stated of his line with Warren Foegele and Kassian.
“He’s actually sensible. He simply reads performs,” Tippett stated of Ryan.
“Once you’ve received a pair massive guys like (Kassian and Foegele) that you really want forechecking actually laborious, he reads off these guys properly.”
With Halak on the bench for an additional attacker late within the third, Smith lobbed a shot on the Canucks aim. The puck went about 5 toes huge.
“I wish to play a draw, however I’d say that was extra of a straight pull,” Smith joked. “The ‘tee field’ was type of set as much as the proper a bit bit and made me shoot it down the proper facet.”
Smith made 36 saves, together with 16 within the third interval.
The Oilers shut out the pre-season Saturday night time in Vancouver.
With recordsdata from 630 CHED’s Brenden Escott
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