Oilers win in shootout in final game of Sedin twins
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Leon Draisaitl scored in regulation and added the shootout winner and the Edmonton Oilers emerged with a 3-2 victory over the Canucks on Saturday in the final game of the impressive careers of Vancouver forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers, who won their final two games in a disappointing season that saw them miss the playoffs.
Jussi Jokinen and Tyler Motte scored for the Canucks, who won five of their final seven games to close out a playoff-missing season. The Sedins were held scoreless in their final game.
Connor McDavid earned his league-leading 107th point of the season in the first period by feeding it across to Draisaitl, who beat Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson for his 25th of the season.
Jokinen got a piece of Brendan Leipsic’s shot and it caromed past Edmonton starter Cam Talbot as Vancouver tied the game 1-1 with two minutes left in the first.
Motte fished out a puck during a scramble out front and beat Talbot up high to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead.
Edmonton tied the game back up a couple of minutes later as McDavid earned another assist by dropping it back to Nugent-Hopkins, who tied a career high with his 24th goal of the season.
There was no scoring in the third period or overtime, although Daniel Sedin had a goal in the shootout.
NOTES: It was the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Canadian clubs, with the Canucks winning two of the first three. ... There was a lengthy moment of silence before the game to honor the victims of Saskatchewan’s Humboldt Broncos minor hockey team bus tragedy on Friday. In addition, both teams wore decals to recognize the victims, the proceeds from the 50/50 draw went toward the cause and the home logo on the scoreboard was a hybrid between the Oilers and Broncos.
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