Hyman puts up four points, Oilers down Canucks 4-2 to extend win streak | NanaimoNewsNOW
The Canucks lost their third game in four nights and are 1-9-0 in their last 10 games.
Chants of “Bruce, there it is!” to the tune of Tag Team’s “Whoomp! (There it is),” repeated several times throughout the game at Rogers Arena in recognition of Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau, who is expected to be fired in the coming days.
With 69 seconds left, Boudreau Martin drew in favor of an additional attacker, but his team failed to complete the comeback in the third period.
Instead, Nugent-Hopkins put an easy shot into the empty net with 34.8 seconds remaining.
Edmonton briefly looked 4-2 when Evan Bouchard’s long bomber caught Hyman in the crease and slammed into Vancouver’s net.
The Canucks challenged the game due to goaltender interference, and after an extensive video review, the goal was flagged down.
Vancouver reduced their deficit to a single goal early in the last frame.
Stationed inside the blue line, Miller turned up and blasted a rocket through traffic and into the Edmonton net to make it 3-2 at the 3:26 mark.
Kuzmenko put the Canucks on the board at 16:46 in the second.
Pettersson sent the Russia winger off the boards for a pass and Kuzmenko ran alone in the slot and sent a shot that sailed past Skinner’s glove side for his 19th goal of his first NHL season.
A wild shot from Draisaitl gave the Oilers a three-goal cushion at 9:26 in the second game.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sent a long pass through the neutral zone to Hyman, who pushed him to Draisaitl in the circle. The German sniper shot past Martin with a quick wrist shot for his 28th goal of the season.
Hyman’s assist for the game marked his 55th point of the season, setting a new career high. He had 54 points for the Oilers last year.
Edmonton took a 2-0 lead midway through the first frame on a power play record after Vancouver demanded too many men.
A brief chance for Canucks defenseman Luke Schenn quickly backfired as the Oilers collected the rebound and sprinted back for an odd-man onslaught.
McDavid sliced a pass to Hyman over the slot and the left wing tapped him in the back door to put Edmonton 2-0 up at the 8:31 mark.
The Oilers came into the game with the best power play in the league (30.6 percent), while the Canucks had the worst penalty in the NHL (66.4 percent).
Edmonton went 1-1 with man advantage on Saturday and Vancouver was 0-2.
The Canucks showered Skinner with shots early, but it was the Oilers who put the goal in play to make it 1:26.
Hyman threw the puck to McDavid on the offensive blue line and the superstar sprinted past Vancouver’s Tyler Myers on a breakaway and then shot through Martins five holes for his 40th league goal of the season.
Three Oilers extended their point streaks Saturday. McDavid has up to 10 games with eight goals and eight assists all along the trek, while Draisaitl (six goals, five assists) moved into the top scorer list for a sixth straight season. Hyman has four goals and eight assists in five games.
Vancouver’s Kuzmenko is also on the mend with two goals and three assists in four appearances.
RACK ‘EM UP
The Oilers have averaged five goals per game in their current six-game winning streak. They came into the league third in the league on Saturday with 3.70 goals per game.
Canucks: Complete a four-game homestand against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Oilers: host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 21, 2023.
Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press