Edmonton Oilers tangle up Kraken for 3-1 win

The Edmonton Oilers ended the pre-season Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Seattle Kraken at Rogers Place.

“It was a lot of work put in by our players,” Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said. “Most of them played five or six preseason games. I think we’re seeing positive signs, but we’re still a work in progress; not finished product, but I thought we got a lot of good work done. Credit to our players.”

The Kraken struck first when Jared McCann beat Jack Campbell with a long wrister. Connor McDavid provided a quick reply, tapping in a pass from Evan Bouchard less than three minutes later.

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Jack Campbell held the Oilers in the game in the second period, stopping all 18 shots he faced. The Oiler went ahead with 3:50 left in the second when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins set up Zach Hyman for a power play goal.

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Evander Kane ripped a shot from the right side past Philipp Grubauer early in the third.

“I think it was a good way to end off,” Kane said. “I think our team got better the last five periods that we played and obviously Soup’s been playing really, really well. So it’s nice to end off with a win and get ready for Wednesday in Vancouver.”

Campbell turned in his third solid start of the pre-season, making 35 saves.

“Feeling good, just having fun,” Campbell said after the game. “Boys are playing great, so it’s fun to get some wins and just tune things up and I think we’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll here come next week.”

The Oilers open the regular season Wednesday in Vancouver (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 6:30 p.m., game at 8 p.m.).

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