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Defenseman Derrick Pouliot snapped a 1-1 tie with his third
goal of the season early in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks defeated
the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Thursday night for their third consecutive win.

Sam Gagner also scored for the Canucks Authentic
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, who have won four of their past five

Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers, who have lost two in a row. Edmonton is
3-2-1 in its past six games.

Pouliot gave Vancouver the lead just 2 minutes into the third period. Nikolay
Goldobin fed the Canucks defenseman a pass from along the boards. Pouliot skated
in on Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, make a deke then scored his first goal in 42

Leon Draisaitl had a chance to tie the game on an Oilers power play late in
the third, but his shot hit the post. Ryan Strome’s slap shot also hit the post
after a Canucks giveaway with just over two minutes remaining.

McDavid’s goal was his 41st of the season, giving him an NHL-leading 103
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Kucherov. McDavid trails Washington’s Alex Ovechkin by four goals in the race
for the Rocket Richard Trophy.

Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom stopped 35 shots. He’s 4-0-0 in his past
four starts. Talbot made 28 saves for the Oilers.

Markstrom kept the Canucks in the game with some big stops, including getting
a pad on Milan Lucic’s shot in the first period.

”For me right now it’s just a carry-over from the feeling I had in the
previous games,” Markstrom said. ”I just keep building on it.”

McDavid showed some of his magic on the game’s opening goal at 11:33 of the
first period. After defenseman Andrej Sekera flipped a puck down the ice,
McDavid showed his speed by skating around Gagner then muscled defenseman
Michael Del Zotto off the puck. He scored on a shot that hit Markstrom’s
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Gagner was also battling the flu Thursday.

”When you get stuck on the ice with him (McDavid) it’s not funny even when
you are feeling 100 percent,” Gagner said. ”Obviously he’s special.”

The Oilers captain has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in his past six

Gagner earned some redemption by tying the game at 15:14 of the second.
Daniel Sedin took a shot from the faceoff circle that Talbot stopped. Gagner,
alone at the side of the net, put in the rebound for his third goal in four

”You never want to be a culprit on a goal-against Matt
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,” Gagner said. ”It was a tough one there. I thought
the guys battled back really well. It’s a nice feeling.”

Adam Gaudette, the former Northeastern University Husky who recently signed
with Vancouver after leading the NCAA with 30 goals and 60 points, played his
first NHL game. On his opening shift, he sent a sizzling shot just wide of the
Oilers net.

NOTES: Gaudette is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in
NCAA hockey. … Henrik Sedin’s opening shift of the game was the 30,000th of his
career. … Brendan Gaunce returned to the Canucks lineup after missing 24 games
with a foot injury. … With several Canucks down with the flu Authentic
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, Jake Virtanen was a late scratch. … The
game’s first penalty came at 12:33 of the second period when Vancouver’s Darren
Archibald was called for interference. … Al Montoya dressed as the Oilers backup
goaltender after missing two games with an injury.


Oilers: Travel to Calgary on Saturday night.

Canucks: Host Columbus on Saturday.

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