McDavid’s winning goal came just 55 seconds into overtime when he made an outstanding display with an expert backhand shot from an unexpected breakaway opportunity.
Woodcroft commented on the game by noting its lack of offensive elegance but ultimately finding enough scoring to win it: despite hard efforts shown during a high-scoring affair.
Defensively, the Oilers delivered an impressive display. After two periods, only 10 shots had been allowed against their defense; though under additional pressure in the third, their penalty kill unit managed to maintain an edge while keeping opponents off balance.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored to help cement Edmonton’s offensive efforts and secure their 1-1-1 preseason record. Stuart Skinner proved instrumental in this win with 21 saves made. Following shots being fired towards goal and getting comfortable handling puck, Skinner commented, saying he felt pretty good during this matchup and found playing better once they began taking shots in succession – “it got better and better quickly”.
Vancouver forward Quinn Hughes scored Vancouver’s only goal during a second-period power play.
In the net for the Canucks, Casey DeSmith faced a barrage of shots, turning away 27 but ultimately experiencing a loss.
The first period was relatively uneventful, with neither team managing to find the back of the net. Edmonton dominated in shots, outshooting Vancouver 10-3.
Oilers managed to tie it up late in the second period as Leon Draisaitl served a slashing penalty when Hughes scored, orchestrated a precise play from behind the goalline which set up Nugent-Hopkins with an opportunity for an important goal from inside of the slot.
Third period saw Vancouver create more scoring chances; however, Skinner was outstanding in keeping Edmonton at bay and led to the thrilling overtime finish.
Vancouver suffered its own difficult start to preseason play against Calgary Flames and fell 10-0. Both Edmonton and Vancouver will host each other for home-and-home series against one another – Vancouver visits Edmonton on October 11 while they face each other again later in Alberta on October 14.
Additionally, the Canucks have announced that goaltender Roberto Luongo will be recognized on their Ring of Honour when they host the Florida Panthers on December 14. Meanwhile, Edmonton Oilers will honor former players Doug Weight and Charlie Huddy when hosting New York Rangers on October 26.
Up next for Vancouver is their road game against Seattle Kraken while Edmonton will meet Calgary Flames on Friday in Calgary.