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May 21, 2024 12:01 am

Oilers hold off Canucks in Game 7 to win West semifinal series

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Ryan Nugent Hopkins collected one goal and one assist as the visiting Edmonton Oilers rode a three-goal second period to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday to win Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Cody Ceci and Zach Hyman also scored for the Oilers, while Evan Bouchard collected two assists and Leon Draisaitl added a helper, giving him at least one point in all 12 of Edmonton’s postseason games this season.

Stuart Skinner made 15 saves for the Oilers, who will face the Dallas Stars in a conference finals series that begins on Thursday.

Conor Garland and Filip Hronek replied for the Canucks, who had a 3-2 series lead but could not find the clincher. Goalie Arturs Silovs stopped 26 shots.

Vancouver was without top goal scorer Brock Boeser in the deciding game due to blood-clotting issues.

The Canucks failed to even register a single shot on goal during a late first-period four-minute power play and failed to convert their final 14 advantages of the series, and that proved to be a huge failing.

After a scoreless first period that saw the Oilers outshoot the hosts 13-2, Ceci finally opened the scoring 76 seconds into the second period. He wired a top-corner point shot for his second goal of the playoffs.

Hyman doubled the lead at 5:50 of the middle frame by deflecting Bouchard’s point shot for his 11th of the postseason.

Then Nugent-Hopkins notched a power-play at 15:22, just as the Canucks were finally gaining momentum, when he found the mark with a sharp-angled offering for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

The Canucks have posted a few thrilling comebacks and came close with another. Garland finally put the Canucks on the board with 8:33 remaining in regulation by taking advantage of a turnover in the slot and burying his third goal of the playoffs.

Then Hronek’s first career playoff goal, a seeing-eye point shot, made it a one-goal game with 4:36 on the clock.

However, Vancouver could not drum up the equalizer.

–Field Level Media

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