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Forsberg and Beauvillier each get a goal and an assist and Predators knock off Canucks 4-1

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Forsberg and Beauvillier each get a goal and an assist and Predators knock off Canucks 4-1
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Forsberg and Beauvillier each get a goal and an assist and Predators knock off Canucks 4-1

2024-04-24 14:58 Last Updated At:15:10

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored a goal and had an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Tuesday night to level their best-of-seven playoff series at 1-1.

Anthony Beauvillier — a former Canuck — also had a goal and an assist for the Predators, Colton Sissons and Kiefer Sherwood had goals, and Juuse Saros made 17 saves.

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Nashville Predators' Jeremy Lauzon, right, checks Vancouver Canucks' Nils Hoglander during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored a goal and had an assist, and the Nashville Predators beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Tuesday night to level their best-of-seven playoff series at 1-1.

Nashville Predators' Jeremy Lauzon, left, checks Vancouver Canucks' Sam Lafferty during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators' Jeremy Lauzon, left, checks Vancouver Canucks' Sam Lafferty during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Brock Boeser (6) watches as his shot bounces off the post and stays out of the net behind Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) while Alexandre Carrier (45) and Canucks' Conor Garland (8) watch during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Brock Boeser (6) watches as his shot bounces off the post and stays out of the net behind Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) while Alexandre Carrier (45) and Canucks' Conor Garland (8) watch during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks goalie Casey DeSmith looks back at the puck as it bounces out of the net after Nashville Predators' Anthony Beauvillier, not seen, scored during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks goalie Casey DeSmith looks back at the puck as it bounces out of the net after Nashville Predators' Anthony Beauvillier, not seen, scored during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Dakota Joshua (81) collides with Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Dakota Joshua (81) collides with Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros makes a save as Jeremy Lauzon (3) and Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson, second from right, work next to him during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros makes a save as Jeremy Lauzon (3) and Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson, second from right, work next to him during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Pius Suter, left, misses the open net as Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros is tied up with Canucks' Brock Boeser during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Pius Suter, left, misses the open net as Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros is tied up with Canucks' Brock Boeser during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros, back left, Mark Jankowski (17) and Luke Schenn (2) celebrate after Nashville defeated the Vancouver Canucks during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros, back left, Mark Jankowski (17) and Luke Schenn (2) celebrate after Nashville defeated the Vancouver Canucks during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, left, celebrates his goal, next to Vancouver Canucks' Noah Juulsen during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, left, celebrates his goal, next to Vancouver Canucks' Noah Juulsen during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nikita Zadorov scored for a Vancouver team that struggled to get shots on net and experienced a series of unlucky bounces.

Nashville coach Andrew Brunette liked the way his Predators put their bodies on the line, blocking 31 shots.

“I think that’s maybe something we learned from Game 1 a little bit,” Brunette said. “Maybe we weren’t as committed to the pain and tonight (we were), with the blocked shots and the things that we did sacrificing our body. So we learned and we’re still growing. We’re not where we want to be, but we’re getting better and today was a good step.”

Zadorov said the Canucks may be able to take something from the way their opponents played.

“They’re super desperate, they’re laying out for every puck, they’re trying to block with their faces. So that’s what maybe we can learn from them in that particular thing,” he said. “It’s hard to win. I mean, it’s playoff hockey. It’s a long series. There’s no panic in the room.”

The Canucks were playing without All-Star goalie Thatcher Demko, who was ruled out with an undisclosed injury. He is “week-to-week,” Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said after the game.

Casey DeSmith took over in net and stopped 12 of 15 shots, but he got off to a poor start.

Forsberg sent a long shot flying from inside the blue line and Beauvillier, stationed above the hash marks, deflected it in past an out-of-position DeSmith to put the Predators up 1-0 just 1:14 into the game.

Beauvillier started the season in Vancouver before the Canucks dealt him to the Blackhawks to shed salary in November. Chicago then sent the left-winger to Nashville in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick ahead of the NHL trade deadline in March.

“I was fortunate enough to be in on three great organizations this year, starting here and then bounced to Chicago,” Beauvillier said. “And that’s what you live for, that’s why you play hockey. You want to compete for the Stanley Cup and play meaningful hockey.”

The Canucks had three power plays in the first period but struggled to get shots on net.

Elias Pettersson came close to tying the score on a man advantage late in the opening period.

Saros slid over to stop Quinn Hughes as he powered toward the net, but the defenseman passed to Pettersson and the center fired at the empty net, only to have the puck glance off the post.

Both teams went 0 for 4 on the power play.

“We had some chances, some looks on the (power play), some empty nets we didn’t capitalize on,” Tocchet said. “Maybe we got a little frustrated. But we threw a lot of rubber around that area. We’ve got to keep doing that. I think the game plan is there, we’ve just got to start executing.”

The Predators took a two-goal lead midway through the second when Forsberg collected a pass from Gustav Nyquist, stickhandled his way toward the net and fired a shot past DeSmith at the 7:29 mark.

Ninety-five seconds later, the visitors took a three-goal lead when Sissons batted in the rebound of a shot by Beauvillier.

Zadorov cut the deficit to 3-1 with less than five minutes to go in the second. His shot from above the faceoff circle hit the stick of Nashville’s Mark Jankowski and the puck sailed in over Saros’ right shoulder.

Vancouver pulled DeSmith for an extra attacker with just over two minutes left but Sherwood beat Hughes to a loose puck along the boards and put a shot into the empty net 18:07 into the third period.

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Nashville Predators' Jeremy Lauzon, right, checks Vancouver Canucks' Nils Hoglander during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators' Jeremy Lauzon, right, checks Vancouver Canucks' Nils Hoglander during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators' Jeremy Lauzon, left, checks Vancouver Canucks' Sam Lafferty during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators' Jeremy Lauzon, left, checks Vancouver Canucks' Sam Lafferty during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Brock Boeser (6) watches as his shot bounces off the post and stays out of the net behind Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) while Alexandre Carrier (45) and Canucks' Conor Garland (8) watch during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Brock Boeser (6) watches as his shot bounces off the post and stays out of the net behind Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) while Alexandre Carrier (45) and Canucks' Conor Garland (8) watch during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks goalie Casey DeSmith looks back at the puck as it bounces out of the net after Nashville Predators' Anthony Beauvillier, not seen, scored during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks goalie Casey DeSmith looks back at the puck as it bounces out of the net after Nashville Predators' Anthony Beauvillier, not seen, scored during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Dakota Joshua (81) collides with Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Dakota Joshua (81) collides with Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros makes a save as Jeremy Lauzon (3) and Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson, second from right, work next to him during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros makes a save as Jeremy Lauzon (3) and Vancouver Canucks' Elias Pettersson, second from right, work next to him during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Pius Suter, left, misses the open net as Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros is tied up with Canucks' Brock Boeser during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Pius Suter, left, misses the open net as Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros is tied up with Canucks' Brock Boeser during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros, back left, Mark Jankowski (17) and Luke Schenn (2) celebrate after Nashville defeated the Vancouver Canucks during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros, back left, Mark Jankowski (17) and Luke Schenn (2) celebrate after Nashville defeated the Vancouver Canucks during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, left, celebrates his goal, next to Vancouver Canucks' Noah Juulsen during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Nashville Predators' Filip Forsberg, left, celebrates his goal, next to Vancouver Canucks' Noah Juulsen during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 23, 2024, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Oilers beat Canucks 3-2 in Game 7 to advance to Western Conference final

2024-05-21 12:24 Last Updated At:12:31

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist as Edmonton scored three times in the second period and held on to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in Game 7 on Monday night to advance to the Western Conference final.

Zach Hyman and Cody Ceci also scored, and Evan Bouchard had two assists for the Oilers. Stuart Skinner finished with 15 saves.

Edmonton, back in the conference finals for the second time in three years, will next Dallas with Game 1 of that series on Thursday night.

Conor Garland and Filip Hronek scored in the third period for Vancouver, and Arturs Silovs had 26 saves.

After learning leading goal-scorer Brock Boeser was sidelined due to a reported blood-clotting issue, the Canucks were forced to juggle their forward lines on Monday. Sam Lafferty and Ilya Mikheyev drew in for Game 7 after a two-game absence, while Vasily Podkolzin was scratched.

Silovs was the story of the first period, stopping all 13 shots he faced. Though the Canucks were awarded the first power play of the game late in the opening period, Skinner needed to make just two saves in the period.

Ceci opened the scoring on his team’s first shot of the second period, with a slap shot from the right point that beat Silovs high to the glove side at 1:16. The Oilers then went on their first power play, and Hyman scored his playoff-leading 11th goal by tipping Evan Bouchard's point shot to Silovs’ stick side at 5:20.

Nugent-Hopkins extended the lead to 3-0 with a sharp-angle shot with 4:38 left. It was Edmonton’s first power-play goal in three games.

Garland ended Skinner’s shutout bid at 8:33 of the third periodwith an unassisted shot from the slot. The Canucks amped up the pressure, and Hronek got the home side within one with his first goal of the playoffs, with 4:36 left in the third.

The Canucks couldn’t score again.

Vancouver was 0 for 3 on the power play, while Edmonton was 1 for 2.

The Oilers improved to 8-4 all time in Game 7s, while the Canucks fell to 6-7.

The Canucks were making their first playoff appearance in front of fans since 2015. Despite losing Vezina Trophy nominee Thatcher Demko to injury after the first game of the first round, the Canucks advanced for the first time since the 2020 playoff bubble.

The Oilers, the first road team to win a Game 7 this year, hold down the top three spots in the playoff scoring race through two rounds. Leon Draisaitl leads the way with 24 points in 12 games, Connor McDavid has 21 and Evan Bouchard leads all defensemen with 20 points.

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CORRECTS GOAL SCORER TO ZACH HYMAN NOT EVAN BOUCHARD - Edmonton Oilers defenseman Evan Bouchard (2) celebrates with teammates Connor McDavid (97), Zach Hyman (18), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, third from left, and Mattias Ekholm, fifth from right, after a goal by Hyman during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

CORRECTS GOAL SCORER TO ZACH HYMAN NOT EVAN BOUCHARD - Edmonton Oilers defenseman Evan Bouchard (2) celebrates with teammates Connor McDavid (97), Zach Hyman (18), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, third from left, and Mattias Ekholm, fifth from right, after a goal by Hyman during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Dylan Holloway, center left, Cody Ceci, center right, and Ryan McLeod (71) celebrate after Ceci's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Dylan Holloway, center left, Cody Ceci, center right, and Ryan McLeod (71) celebrate after Ceci's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Evan Bouchard (2) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) celebrate after assisting on Zach Hyman's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Evan Bouchard (2) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) celebrate after assisting on Zach Hyman's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates after his goal against Vancouver Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs (31) as Canucks' Pius Suter (24) and Quinn Hughes (43) look at the puck in the net during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) celebrates after his goal against Vancouver Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs (31) as Canucks' Pius Suter (24) and Quinn Hughes (43) look at the puck in the net during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) watches a shot as Oiles' Darnell Nurse, bottom left, and Vancouver Canucks' Ilya Mikheyev, bottom right, watch during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) watches a shot as Oiles' Darnell Nurse, bottom left, and Vancouver Canucks' Ilya Mikheyev, bottom right, watch during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Conor Garland, right, and Nikita Zadorov, center front, collide after Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs, center back, stopped Edmonton Oilers' Evander Kane, left, during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Conor Garland, right, and Nikita Zadorov, center front, collide after Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs, center back, stopped Edmonton Oilers' Evander Kane, left, during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, front left, scores against Vancouver Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs (31) as Canucks' Filip Hronek (17) and Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) and Leon Draisaitl (29) watch during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, front left, scores against Vancouver Canucks goalie Arturs Silovs (31) as Canucks' Filip Hronek (17) and Oilers' Zach Hyman (18) and Leon Draisaitl (29) watch during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Evan Bouchard, right, and goalie Stuart Skinner celebrate after Edmonton defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 during Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Evan Bouchard, right, and goalie Stuart Skinner celebrate after Edmonton defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 during Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Quinn Hughes (43) and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) talk while shaking hands after Edmonton defeated Vancouver in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Quinn Hughes (43) and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) talk while shaking hands after Edmonton defeated Vancouver in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Quinn Hughes, front right, and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) talk after the Oilers won Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks' Quinn Hughes, front right, and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) talk after the Oilers won Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, left, and Leon Draisaitl, right, celebrate after they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid, left, and Leon Draisaitl, right, celebrate after they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, May 20, 2024. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14), goalie Stuart Skinner (74), Evan Bouchard (2) and Zach Hyman (18) celebrate after winning against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton Oilers' Mattias Ekholm (14), goalie Stuart Skinner (74), Evan Bouchard (2) and Zach Hyman (18) celebrate after winning against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press via AP)

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