Zach Hyman had a four-point night and set a new career high in points on Saturday as his rising Edmonton Oilers handed the Vancouver Canucks a 4-2 home loss.
Hyman contributed a goal and three assists for the Oilers (27-18-3), while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored and added two assists, and Connor McDavid had one of each. Leon Draisaitl also scored his 28th of the season.
Andrei Kuzmenko and JT Miller accounted for the Canucks (18-25-3), and Quinn Hughes registered two assists.
The Canucks lost their third game in four nights and are 1-9-0 in their last 10 games.
Shouts of “Bruce, there it is!” to the tune of “Whoomp! (There it is)” by the Tag Team echoed through Rogers Arena several times throughout the game in recognition of Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau, who is expected to be fired in the coming days.
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With 69 seconds left on the clock, Boudreau pulled Martin in favor of an extra forward, but his team was unable to complete the comeback in the third period.
Instead, Nugent-Hopkins put an easy shot into an empty net with 34.8 seconds to go.
Edmonton briefly appeared to go up 4–2 in the bottom of the third when Evan Bouchard’s long bomb hit Hyman at the crease and bounced into the Vancouver net.
The Canucks challenged the play for goalie interference, and after extensive video review, the goal was disallowed.
Vancouver cut their deficit to a single goal early in the final frame.
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Parked inside the blue line, Miller ran out and fired a rocket through traffic and into the Edmonton net to make it 3-2 at the 3:26 mark.
Kuzmenko put the Canucks on the board at 16:46 of the second.
Pettersson sent a pass to the Russian winger along the boards and Kuzmenko skated alone into the spot, sending a shot past Skinner’s glove for his 19th goal of his first NHL season.
A ferocious shot by Draisaitl gave the Oilers a three-goal lead 9:26 into the second.
Hyman’s assist on the play marked his 55th point of the season, setting a new career high. He had 54 points for the Oilers last year.
Edmonton went up 2-0 midway through the first frame on a power-play tally after Vancouver was called out to many men.
A short break to Canucks defenseman Luke Schenn quickly backfired, with the Oilers collecting the rebound and running it back for an odd run.
McDavid cut a pass to Hyman in the opener and the left wing tapped in the back door to put Edmonton up 2-0 at the 8:31 mark.
The Oilers entered the game with the best power play in the league (30.6 percent), while the Canucks had the worst penalty in the NHL (66.4 percent).
Edmonton went 1-1 with a man lead on Saturday and Vancouver went 0-2.
The Canucks hit Skinner with kicks early on, but it was the Oilers who broke the deadlock 1:26 into the game.
Hyman threw the puck to McDavid on the offensive blue line and the superstar sprinted past Vancouver’s Tyler Myers on a breakaway, then connected Martin’s five-hole shot for his 40th goal of the season.