Pearson’s first career four-point game helps Canucks soar past Oilers 5-2

Pearson’s first career four-point game helps Canucks soar past Oilers 5-2

EDMONTON — Tanner Pearson recorded his first career four-point game in the Vancouver Canucks’ 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night at Rogers Place.

Pearson scored twice, and added two assists, while Tyler Graovac, Loui Eriksson and Josh Leivo tallied the other markers for the Canucks. Captain Bo Horvat also chipped in with three assists to help Vancouver snap its three-game losing streak.

Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian scored for Edmonton, who dropped their second-straight contest.

Edmonton falls to 16-9-3, and still holds the Pacific Division lead, but the Canucks are now just five points back as they improve to 13-10-4.

Jacob Markstrom (8-6-3) made 27 saves in the victory, while Mike Smith (7-7-1) turned aside 33-of-38 shots in the loss for Oilers.

The two division rivals will wrap up their back-to-back home-and-home series Sunday evening in Vancouver.

It was a nice bounce back game by the Canucks, who let a 4-2 lead slip away in their last game against the Penguins and fell 8-6.

“We needed that one, after the way Pittsburgh went. To get the lead tonight hold it and keep on pushing, was a big step,” said Pearson.

“There have been a couple of those games this year where it kind of slipped away in the third. No one really said anything — we all knew the job that had to be done.”

The Canucks power play has been red-hot on their six-game road trip and it propelled Vancouver to an early 1-0 lead.

Graovac, who was called up by the Canucks on Nov. 13 ripped a shot past Smith just 3:31 into the opening period.

Pearson extended Vancouver’s lead to 2-0 with his sixth of the season, and his second short-handed goal in five games. After a flurry of chances by the Oilers, Pearson took the puck down the right wing and tried to centre a pass to J.T. Miller, but the puck went in off of Smith’s pad.

McDavid gave Edmonton life, just 42 seconds later, but the opening frame was dominated by Vancouver, who outshot the Oilers 17-7.

“It was a great start and that helped set us the rest of the game and Marky (Markstrom) made unbelievable saves and kept us in it,” said Horvat.

Kassian scored his ninth of the season at the 5:05 mark of the second period to tie the game at 2-2.

After a flurry of chances by the Oilers that were denied by Markstrom, Vancouver struck twice in a span of 4:17 as Pearson scored his second of the game and Eriksson would tally his first goal of the season on a backhand feed from Horvat to give Vancouver a 4-2 lead.

It was the first time the trio played together this season and they were dynamite against the NHL’s top duo of McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

“It was awesome to be back with Lou and Pears,” said Horvat.

“We we all ready for it, we all knew the assignment we were going against and I thought we did a great job.”

It’s been a rough season for Eriksson, who has been a healthy scratch for 12 games this year and when he’s been in the lineup, he’s been used sparingly, but he was excellent in his promotion up the lineup.

“We used that line last year a few times and I talked with Loui last week and we talked about his game and I felt when I put him back in, I thought I’d give him a different look,” said Canucks head coach Travis Green.

“He hasn’t complained once this year. He hasn’t played anywhere else but the fourth line and he wanted the opportunity and sometimes you have to re-assess things and we gave him that opportunity tonight and you have to give him credit, that line played real good.”

The Oilers have had some big third-period comebacks this season, but Leivo’s goal just 1:21 into the third period was too much for Edmonton to mount a comeback. Markstrom came up large with a big pad save off a McDavid chance in the slot, as the Canucks were in full control during the third period.

“It wasn’t a very good first period and we were getting at least some offensive zone time in the second period. But ultimately you give up five you can’t win in this league. We’re giving up too many goals right now and it’s costing us,” said Oilers head coach Dave Tippett.

“We’re just playing a little loose right now, looser than I’d like and chasing the game and we don’t have the same commitment to defending. We have to have the same mindset to defend a little better.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sarah Tittemore, interim chair of the city’s systems leadership team, announces the start-up of a one-year pilot project. A Social Diversion team will be dispatched to deal with non-emergency disturbances in the city through making a 211 call. (Screenshot by Advocate staff).
New Social Diversion team starts up in Red Deer to deal with non-emergency disturbances

A nurse and social services expert will be deployed to assist after calling 211

Sgt. Andrew Harnett, 37, of the Calgary Police Service is shown inthis undated handout image provided by the police service. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Calgary Police Service
Bail hearing continues today for teen accused in Calgary officer’s hit-and-run death

CALGARY — A bail hearing for a teen accused in the hit-and-run… Continue reading

President Donald Trump speaks near a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Alamo, Texas. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)
Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints of comeback

‘We will be back in some form’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a news conference in Ottawa, Friday, January 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada in touch with Biden admin about disputed oil pipeline

Premier Jason Kenney says ‘rescinding the Keystone XL border crossing permit would damage the Canada-US bilateral relationship’

.
B.C. to still administer second doses despite loss of Pfizer shipment next week: Dix

VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s health minister says the province is still on… Continue reading

A view of the stage on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, ahead of the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Susan Walsh, Pool
Canadians tune in to Joe Biden inauguration amid pandemic threat, violence concerns

TORONTO — Canadians tuned in Wednesday with a mixture of relief and… Continue reading

The constituency office of Derek Sloan, Conservative MP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington is show in Belleville, Ont., on Tuesday Jan. 19, 2021. Sloan says he’ll fight efforts by his party’s leader to boot him from caucus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Expelling Derek Sloan from Conservative caucus not entirely up to Erin O’Toole

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole wants Derek Sloan booted out of… Continue reading

Early morning fire destroys grocery and retail store in Igloolik, Nunavut

A fire has destroyed a grocery and retail store in Igloolik, Nunavut.… Continue reading

Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux waits to appear before the Commons finance committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday March 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
PBO says reformed fiscal stabilization program to cost Ottawa $4.5 billion

OTTAWA — Reforms to a federal support program for provinces will nearly… Continue reading

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem takes part in a news conference at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa on December 15, 2020. Canada’s central bank will update its economic forecast for the country that will offer a window when it expects a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic to take hold. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Bank of Canada keeps key rate at 0.25 per cent, warns of economic decline in 2021

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada says the national economy will go… Continue reading

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a COVID-19 memorial, with lights placed around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Sighs of relief accompany a sense of unease as Biden takes oath, Trump departs D.C.

WASHINGTON — Relief, apprehension and a touch of pandemic-tinged festivity washed over… Continue reading

FIL - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks in Wilmington, Del. Harris will make history Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, when she becomes the nation’s first Black, South Asian and female vice president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Vice-President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Harris moves into the vice presidency just four years after arriving in Washington as a California senator

Most Read