VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Chris Higgins scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
Higgins beat Viktor Fasth with a quick shot in the third round before Canucks goalie Ryan Miller stopped Benoit Pouliot on Edmonton’s final chance.
Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, and Nick Bonino and Linden Vey picked up their first goals with the Canucks. Miller finished with 25 saves through overtime in his home debut.
Daniel Sedin added three assists for Vancouver, which beat Calgary 4-2 in the season opener Wednesday night.
Mark Arcobello had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, and Brad Hunt, Nail Yakupov and Jesse Joensuu also scored. Fasth finished with 37 saves through overtime, and Teddy Purcell and David Perron each had two assists.
Vey beat Fasth in the five-hole to tie the score at 4-all at 7:06 of the third period. It was Vancouver’s second goal in seven power-play chances in the game.
Miller looked a little shaky at times but made a big save on Taylor Hall attempt with about 9 minutes to go in regulation.
The Vancouver goalie made a couple of good stops on the Oilers’ late power play after Edmonton’s Boyd Gordon saw his deflection hit the post and stay out.
The teams traded chances in overtime, with the Canucks outshooting the Oilers 41-29 overall after Edmonton held a 10-5 edge after 20 minutes.
Yakupov stretched Edmonton’s lead to 3-1 at 2:22 of the second off the rush, beating Miller through the pads.
Bonino, who was acquired in the Ryan Kesler trade from Anaheim in the offseason, pulled the Canucks within a goal 2:04 later when he tipped a shot by defenseman Dan Hamhuis. The Oilers complained that a hand pass from Vancouver’s Alexandre Burrows helped set up the goal, and replays suggested they had a case. Burrows was eventually credited with an assist on the play.
Hall was then assessed a four-minute penalty for high sticking, but it was Edmonton that initially capitalized when Joensuu moved in on a short-handed breakaway and beat Miller with a backhand at 8:36.
Vancouver responded on the same power play when Daniel Sedin took a pass at the side of the net and found Vrbata, who got his second goal in two games with his new team to make it 4-3.
The Oilers opened the scoring on their first shot of the night when Hunt — a native of nearby Maple Ridge, British Columbia, playing in just his fifth career game — ripped a one-timer off the crossbar and in on the power play for his first NHL goal at 5:41 of the first.
Edmonton made it 2-0 at 10:31 off a 3-on-2 break when Purcell fed Arcobello with a back-door pass through Miller’s crease that the Oilers’ forward tapped in.
The Canucks pulled within one when Daniel Sedin grabbed the puck off the sideboards and fired a shot that his twin brother Henrik tipped past Fasth with just 9.9 seconds left in the opening period.
Notes: Daniel Sedin’s assist in the first period was the 500th of his career. … In a scheduling quirk, the Canucks don’t play again until Friday when they meet the Oilers in Edmonton. … The Oilers’ next game is Tuesday at the defending champion Los Angeles Kings before they visit the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday. … Canucks D Christopher Tanev was in the lineup after missing the last two days of practice with an undisclosed injury.
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