Canucks take a 3-2 second round series lead on Oilers

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The Vancouver Canucks are one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs. On Wednesday, the Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 to take a three games to two series lead.

Two Canadians scored their first National Hockey League postseason goal of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Interestingly both goals were unassisted. Defenseman Carson Soucy of Viking, Alberta scored with two minutes and 33 seconds left in the first period to tie the game at one, and Philip Di Giuseppe of Toronto, Ontario scored an unassisted marker at 5:14 of the second period on an Evan Bouchard giveaway to tie the game at two.

For Di Giuseppe, it was his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal of his career. For Soucy, it was his second career postseason goal. Soucy’s first came from defenseman Justin Schultz of Kelowna, British Columbia and Ryan Donato in a 7-2 Kraken win over the Dallas Stars in game three of the 2023 Western Conference semifinals.

However, the Canucks star on Thursday was J.T. Miller. The Canucks centre scored from Elias Lindholm and Elias Petersson with 33 seconds in regulation. Game six is in Edmonton on Saturday with the Canucks having all the momentum. Vancouver had the advantage in puck possession, energy, bodychecking, and exemplified excellent penalty killing in game five.

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