The Vancouver Canucks scored two goals in each period on the way to a 6-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers in pre-season play Thursday night at Rogers Place.
Brogan Rafferty opened the scoring 4:03 into the first on the Canucks’ first shot of the game. J.T. Miller won the draw back to Rafferty, and he blasted a shot over Edmonton netminder Mikko Koskinen’s shoulder.
The Oilers’ Cooper Marody tied it just over two minutes later, backhanding a rebound behind Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom.
“Yeah it was in. That’s why it counted, or else I would argue a little bit harder,” Markstrom said. “It was a weird play. A rebound. I was just trying to get to the post and I kind of slid off the post and he hit me in the shin, and banked it off in. I couldn’t keep my toe outside off the post. It happens.”
“He’s got some points the last couple games. There’s something to be said for that,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said of Marody after the game.
The Canucks took advantage of an Oilers turnover to go up 2-1 late in the first. Jay Beagle popped a shot over Koskinen’s glove with 1:26 to go in the session.
Vancouver extended its lead in the second period thanks to power-play goals from Sven Baertschi and Lukas Jasek.
Bo Horvat made it 5-1 Canucks when he scored on a breakaway 1:54 into the third.
Koskinen made 19 saves on 23 shots over the first two periods. Goaltender Shane Starrett played the third for the Oilers and stopped nine of 11 shots.
“We wanted to see what people could do and I think we’ve got that now,” Tippett said.
The Oilers will host Calgary on Friday night. Tippet said Koskinen will be back in net against the Flames.
–with files from 630 CHED’s Brenden Escott and Scott Johnston
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