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RECAP: Oilers Shut Out Hurricanes In Saskatoon

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Hurricanes unable to put one up on the board

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Connor McDavid finished the night with three points (2-1-3) as the Oilers took a 4-0 victory over the Hurricanes in Saskatoon. The Hurricanes were unable to get on the scoreboard on Wednesday, which is a stark turn of events when compared to Carolina’s six goal outburst on Monday.

  • Zack Kassian scored Edmonton’s first goal of the game, a backhanded shot in front of Cam Ward. Kassian took the puck around the net and got open about seven feet in front of Cam Ward, and it was 1-0 Oilers before too long. Confusion reigned supreme, as it took most of the rest of the first period before the scoreboard would reflect this change, but it was 1-0 Oilers powered by Zack Kassian.
  • Milan Lucic would double that number when he would receive a pass on Cam Ward’s doorstep from Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl was fed by McDavid through a couple of roadblocks, and Draisaitl was able to get it cross ice for Lucic’s simple tap in.
  • Can we get to the McDavid goals yet?

Nothing Cam Ward has left in the tank will keep this puck from going into the net.

Then, just a minute and a half later...

Pay specific attention to how McDavid flips the puck into the air and then bats it behind a bewildered Cam Ward. There’s no words on how you feel after witnessing that sort of thing, you just have unintelligible sounds fall from your mouth.

  • Laurent Brossoit turned aside 30 shots en route to the shutout. Don’t think there’s any question on who will be Talbot’s backup to start the season.
  • Kailer Yamamoto picked up an assist on the McDavid flip-up score goal, giving him his seventh point (5-2-7) this preseason. With news that Anton Slepyshev will start the season on IR, it will be very hard to send Yamamoto down.
  • DRESS REHEARSAL: Saturday will mark the final preseason game of the season. It will be in Vancouver. Look for both the Oilers and Canucks to have rosters that will closely match what will be on the ice for next week’s regular season openers.