January 21, 2018 / 6:20 AM / a year ago

Oilers top Canucks 5-2 for third straight win

Jesse Puljujarvi had a goal and an assist late to break a tie as the host Edmonton Oilers outlasted the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Saturday.

The Oilers (21-23-3) won their third game in a row, building a 2-0 lead on goals by Patrick Maroon and Jujhar Khaira before the Canucks rallied.

Vancouver (18-22-6) knotted the game at 2-2 by midway through the second via goals from Daniel Sedin and Brandon Sutter, only to see the Oilers rally.

Sutter’s tying goal came on a 2-on-1 break to the net with Sven Baertschi, who pulled Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot to the right post, then sent a cross-ice pass to Sutter for a tap-in goal.

Puljujarvi, who had assisted on Khaira’s goal in the opening period, scored his ninth of the season late in the second. Circling behind the net with the puck, he zipped a pass across the zone to Adam Larsson. Larsson’s shot was stopped by Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom, but Puljujarvi went to the front of the net and popped in the rebound.

Puljujarvi also had the primary assist on Leon Draisaitl’s third-period goal which gave the Oilers another two-goal cushion and helped snap Vancouver’s two-game win streak. Maroon capped the scoring with his second of the game late, unassisted for the Oilers.

Talbot finished with 25 saves for the Oilers, running his record to 17-16-2 on the season. Markstrom had 30 saves for the Canucks, who have played better hockey on the road than at home this season, and is now 12-15-5.

Edmonton is in the midst of a lengthy homestand, with four more games in their own building upcoming, and host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. The Canucks have a back-to-back ahead, and will face the Jets in Winnipeg on Sunday evening.

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