Player Ratings: Mikko Koskinen is very big, leading Edmonton Oilers over Vancouver Canucks

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If the Edmonton Oilers were trying to prove they could play without their three star players, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse, they did a good job against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

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Edmonton won 3-2 in the shootout, largely because Mikko Koskinen guarded them early, then was brilliant in overtime and in the shootout.

Overall, Category A shooting was 17-15 for the Canucks, but when it came to 5-alarm shooting, Edmonton was 10-5 for Van.

Ryan Nugent Hopkins, 5 years old. He won a battle at the blue line, then got a return pass to break into a breakaway late in the third but failed to score. But his line was wrong this game, creating little on offense.

Warren Foegele, 4. He failed to cover shooter JT Miller on Vancouver’s first goal. He sent RNH on their breakaway at the end of the third. Too calm this match, but why run out during the garbage period of the 2021-22 season.

Derek Ryan, 4 years old. He allowed the lunge penetration on Vancouver’s first goal. Too quiet.

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Ryan McLeod, 8 years old. He made major contributions with six Grade A shots. He set up Kane for a delicious lunge shot in the second, but Kane missed the net. He charged and headed on an outside shot from Kane to the net for a 5-alarm early in the third. He received another 5 scares a little later after another pass from Kane. He set up Kane for a wicked point shot in OT.

Evander Kane, 8 years old. He made major contributions on seven Grade A shots, all at even strength. He led the team with eight shots. He ripped a shot inside the 5-alarm slot on the net midway through the second. His Total Eclipse of the Sun screen was essential to Edmonton’s first goal. He set up McLeod for two great shots in the third. But he was part of the pain streak on Vancouver’s second goal, with him and Ceci letting Garland shoot. He was also burned on Hughes’ pass to Miller for a 5-alarm shot in OT. Landed a hard hit in OT on a 2v1.

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Jesse Puljujarvi, 6 years old. Halfway through the game I had to check the event summary to see if it was playing. A moment later, Hyman had him ready for a 5-alarm shot. And a moment after that, JP delivered a superb backhand pass to send Devin Shore alone against Vancouver goalkeeper Spencer Martin.

Zach Hyman, 7 years old. He got Edmonton’s first Grade A shot with a high slit harpoon early in the second. He reversed a clearance attempt to coolly set up Puljujarvi for a great shot. He charged for a breakaway shot in the third and put it off the crossbar. He got one last breakaway chance late in overtime, but the puck fell off his stick.

Kailer Yamamoto, 7 years old. He made a tricky backhand pass to set up Hyman on Edmonton’s first Grade A shot. Then he set up Kane’s 5-alarm shot, Edmonton’s first shot of this most dangerous quality. Worked hard all game and was generally productive.

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Devin Shore, 7. His overtime goal gave the Oilers the win and 104 points on the season as a team, the most for an Edmonton team since 1986-87. Near the end of the second, he won the puck in the n zone, again in the o zone, then threw a nice backhand shot to try to be blocked. He drained his shot in OT, crossing the crease, then firing a forehand hard to the wrist.

Derick Brassard, 5 years old. He dangerously deflected an outside shot onto the net late in the second. Quiet game otherwise.

Zack Kassian, 6 years old. He played with a nasty minnow after taking a scary stick in the eye area against San Jose. He made a nice pass to set up Tyson Barrie’s goal in the third. Extra mark just for starring in this one, allowing McDavid and Draisaitl to rest.

Josh Archibald, 6 years old. His timely screen was key to Edmonton’s second goal. He tied for the team lead with Kulak for four hits in the game.

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Cody Ceci, 6 years old. Solid play but partly guilty on Vancouver’s second goal.

Brett Kulak, 7 years old. He led the team with 25 minutes of ice time. He landed a solid jab at Quinn Hughes. He fired an outside shot early in the third, Kane creating the distraction in front of the net. He failed to cut a dangerous cross-dart off Miller in overtime.

Tyson Barrie, 6 years old. He and Russell were surprised with a nice rushing chance by Podkolzin late in the first. He came out of position on a dangerous streak in the second period, Pettersson hammered him to the net. He wired an outside shot through thick screen to tie the game in the third.

Kris Russel, 8 years old. A rare top game for Russell, with six major Grade A shot contributions and three major Grade A shot errors against. Overall, he was flying there in what could be his last regular season game for the Oilers. He hammered Boeser in third with a hit, then went into Bobby Orr mode the rest of the period. He kicked off McLeod with an expandable pass in the third and then nearly scored himself, tipping McL’s outside shot onto the net. He then won a battle to set up Hyman’s breakaway in the third period. He drove into the slot for another shot at 5 scares later in the third.

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Duncan Keith, 6 years old. Quiet game, which is good for a d-man. He kept a clean sheet, not a single major error on a Grade A shot against at even strength.

Evan Bouchard, 6 years old. More good than bad. He fired a powerful shot on goal at the end of the second, which Brassard deflected. He missed a pass from McL late in the third and failed to drain it into an open net. He also had a pass blocked in OT on a 3-on-1 run.

Mikko Koskinen, 9 years old. He kept the Oilers early and gave the team a chance to come back. In total, he faced 17 Grade A shots and five 5 alarms, as well as his work in the shootout. He made the first big save of the game, thwarting a spike shot into the slot from Connor Garland, then thwarted a hot shot from Podkolzin, but was beaten by a quick, wicked shot from JT Miller. Rebounded with a huge save on Pettersson in second. He should have done better on Vancouver’s second goal, a Grade B chance shot by Garland from a sharp angle and wide. He came back strong in OT, slamming JT Miller’s close range shot. He stopped Pettersson, Miller, Boeser, Podkolzin, Garland and OEL in the shootout, upping his mark by a full mark.

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