Brandon Sutter was probably not on the list of people expected to have a big game, but he had 2 goals including the game winner to move the Canucks preseason record to 2-1-0. Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson rounded out the scoring for the Canucks, who got a solid 35 save performance out of Thatcher Demko in the win.
Last night gave us the debut of two new Canucks, as Micheal Ferland played alongside Elias Pettersson, and Tyler Myers paired with Alex Edler. Myers had a decent game, and was picked as 3rd star of the night.
Sutter got things going late in the first when he made the most out of a penalty shot that was awarded when he was hooked going to the net.
1-0 good guys after 20 thanks to this backhand top-cheese penalty shot how-you-doin' goal from Brandon Sutter. pic.twitter.com/WwBoIpvUBj— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) September 18, 2019
The Oilers tied it in the 2nd on a Tomas Jurco goal from Cooper Marody and Patrick Russell, and that line would give the Oilers the lead in the 3rd, this time Russell from Jurco and Marody. Pettersson would tie it at 9:39 when he banged home a rebound off a Micheal Ferland shot. Nikolay Goldobin got the other assist on that one, and less than two minutes later, Sutter tapped home his 2nd, redirecting an Alex Edler point shot. An empty netter from Tanner Pearson late rounded out the scoring. These teams will meet again Thursday, this time in Edmonton.
Much like last night with Loui Eriksson scoring, it’s actually a good thing to get performances like this out of Sutter. Whether it leads to him giving the Canucks a consistent season (that stays injury free) or helps boost his trade value down the road, both outcomes are wins for Vancouver.
Canucks Nation held their collective breaths last night when Quinn Hughes left the game in the first after this nasty high stick to the mouth.
He would eventually return, but that was a little scary for a team that has seen their best players suffer a ton of injuries over the last few seasons.
In other preseason action last night, it was Ottawa 3 Toronto 1, Columbus 4 Buffalo 1, Carolina 3 Tampa 0, The Islanders with a 3-2 OT win over Philadelphia, Detroit 3 Chicago 3, Dallas 2 Minnesota 1 (OT), Vegas 5 Colorado 0, Anaheim 4 San Jose 3 and in split squad action, LA beat Arizona 4-1 in one match, while the Coyotes took the other 5-0.