Edmonton Oilers tie Western Conference semifinals at two

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The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks are tied at two in the Western Conference semifinals. On Wednesday, the Oilers defeated the Canucks 3-2 in game four of the best out of seven series from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Evan Bouchard of Oakville, Ontario scored the game-winning goal with 39 seconds left in the third period. Evander Kane of Vancouver, British Columbia and Leon Draisaitl had the assists. The game-winning goal came after the Canucks tied the game at two in the third period. Edmonton had entered the third period up 2-0.

Draisaitl opened the scoring at 11:10 of the first period on the power-play. Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario and Bouchard had the assists. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Burnaby, British Columbia then put the Oilers up 2-0. Nugent-Hopkins went on a two-on-one with McDavid and elected to shoot. It was the right call as he beat Arturs Silovs, who was unsure if he would pass to the best player in the game today or shoot.

The other key story in this game was the fact the Oilers started goaltender Calvin Pickard of Moncton, New Brunswick over Stuart Skinner of Edmonton, Alberta. Pickard made 19 saves on 21 shots for his first National Hockey League playoff win.

 

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