VANCOUVER — Daniel Sedin scored in overtime and the Vancouver Canucks closed out their pre-season with a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at Rogers Arena.
Jannik Hansen and Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver (4-3-1).
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Benoit Pouliot scored for the Oilers, who finished with an impressive 6-1-1 pre-season record.
Ryan Miller made 25 saves for the win as Cam Talbot kicked out 24-of-27 shots in defeat.
It was the second straight exhibition game between the teams, with the Canucks defeating the Oilers 5-2 on Thursday in Edmonton.
Vancouver opened up the scoring four minutes into the game off a 3-on-2 rush. Sven Baertschi sent a beautiful cross-ice pass to Horvat for a tip in. It was Horvat’s fourth goal of the pre-season. Baertschi’s assist was his fifth — all of which have come against Edmonton.
Miller was forced to look sharp early in the second with the Oilers’ top line buzzing in the Canucks zone. He made a big stop on a backhanded shot from Pouliot off a breakaway. Edmonton outshot the Canucks 14-7 in the period.
Pouliot had multiple chances in the second and was finally rewarded early in the third. Nugent-Hopkins wheeled past Canucks blue-line prospect Ben Hutton to set up Pouliot for the tying goal.
Nugent-Hopkins scored what looked like the go-ahead goal with just over two minutes left on a 2-on-1 with Teddy Purcell , but Vancouver tied it 2-2 seconds later when Hansen banged home a loose puck in the crease.
Vancouver opens the regular season on Wednesday at the Calgary Flames. Edmonton kicks off its campaign against the Blues in St. Louis on Thursday.
Notes: The Oilers placed veteran defenceman Nikita Nikitin on waivers Saturday. Nikitin, who is set to make $4.5M this season, had 10 points and a -12 rating in 42 games last year.
Jason Keller, The Canadian Press