Canucks Take 2-1 Series Lead Over Oilers as Silovs Shines

The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 3, taking a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Second Round series. Rookie goaltender Arturs Silovs made a career-high 42 saves to lead the Canucks to victory.

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Canucks Take 2-1 Series Lead Over Oilers as Silovs Shines

Canucks Take 2-1 Series Lead Over Oilers as Silovs Shines

The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at Rogers Place on Sunday, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Rookie goaltender Arturs Silovs made a career-high 42 saves, including 21 in the third period, to lead the Canucks to victory.

Brock Boeser scored two goals and added an assist, while Elias Lindholm also scored twice for Vancouver. Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller each contributed two assists. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist for Edmonton, with Mattias Ekholm and Evan Bouchard also scoring.

Silovs was the star of the game, making several key saves to preserve the Canucks' lead. "I felt confident. The guys got my back in Game 1, so I had to have them today. Everyone is resilient, blocking shots, and really high-scoring chances they had, and our guys managed to block a lot of them, and it's a big credit to them, too," the 22-year-old Latvian said.

The Canucks got off to a strong start, with Lindholm tying the game 1-1 on the power play in the first period after Ekholm had given Edmonton an early lead. Boeser then scored twice to put Vancouver up 3-1 heading into the first intermission.

Draisaitl cut the deficit to 3-2 early in the second period, but Lindholm responded with his second power-play goal of the night to restore the Canucks' two-goal advantage. Bouchard brought the Oilers back within one with 1:16 remaining in regulation, but Vancouver held on for the crucial win.

Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet praised his team's resilience and effort. "We just grinded it out. They threw a lot at us and they grinded it out. We had some really good efforts from some individuals. They had a push and we did a nice job in the end there," Tocchet said.

Despite the loss, Oilers star Leon Draisaitl felt his team played well overall. "I thought we were the better team, for the most part. In my eyes, it should have resulted in a win, but you know that's not the way hockey works sometimes," Draisaitl remarked.

The Canucks, who finished as the top seed in the Pacific Division, now hold a 2-1 series lead over the second-seeded Oilers. Game 4 is scheduled for Tuesday night at Rogers Place, with Vancouver looking to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. The young Silovs will aim to continue his stellar play in net and give his team a chance to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2011.

Key Takeaways

  • Vancouver Canucks defeat Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 3.
  • Rookie goalie Arturs Silovs makes 42 saves, including 21 in 3rd period.
  • Brock Boeser scores 2 goals, adds 1 assist; Elias Lindholm scores 2 goals.
  • Canucks take 2-1 lead in best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round series.
  • Game 4 is scheduled for Tuesday night at Rogers Place.