EDMONTON – Kyle Turris scored the goal of the penalty shootout as the Edmonton Oilers began the season with a victory, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Wednesday.
Jesse Puljujarvi and Zach Hyman scored in regulation for the Oilers, who gave up a late lead. Edmonton also received a pair of assists from Connor McDavid.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Quinn Hughes answered for the Canucks.
Edmonton scored the first goal of the game with three minutes left in the opening period when Puljujarvi showed good hands up front, rebounding off a Darnell Nurse shot before stepping over Canucks goalkeeper Thatcher Demko.
Midway through the second, the Oilers looked for more in a Kailer Yamamoto getaway, but Demko was able to stop himself.
The Oilers made it 2-0 with three minutes to go in the second frame on a nice three-way play that ended when Hyman scored his first goal as an oiler on an open net with a perfect pass from Leon Draisaitl.
Vancouver finally edged out Oilers starter Mike Smith on his 32 shots of the night when Ekman-Larsson scored on a blast of power play from the spot with seven and a half minutes to go in the third.
The Canucks tied the game at 2:49 on a goal Smith likely would love to have back when Hughes hit a shot on the short side, ultimately sending the game into overtime.
The Canucks continue their six-game road trip, the longest touring swing to start a season in franchise history, in Philadelphia on Friday. The Oilers remain at home to tackle the Calgary flames on Saturday.
Notes: Was it the third season in a row that the two teams met in the season opener? Both teams have had significant changes this offseason, with the Oilers sporting seven new faces and the Canucks with 13 new players. Edmonton was 6-1-1- in the preseason game, while Vancouver was 2-5-0? Forward Colton Sceviour signed a one-year contract Wednesday after being with the Oilers during training camp in a pro test.