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With Vancouver up 3-2 in the third, Leon Draisaitl gambled and lost on a loose puck at the Oilers blue line, giving Vancouver the numbers it needed to go up 4-2 on a goal from Boeser, who was described by SportsNet’s Ken Reid as being “beer league open” on the play.
“We gave up two goals on pucks that we played along the wall,” said Tippett. “Just some poor puck play led to a lot of chances against. The quality of the ones they scored on, you have to find ways to defend better on those.
“Larsson made a poor read on the first one, Kass made a poor read on the fifth one. Caleb Jones made a poor read on the one where Draisaitl and Yamamoto over-skated the puck at the (Edmonton) blue line. Those are puck play errors compounded by poor mistakes.”
When the Oilers closed it to 4-3 on Larsson’s goal with half a period left, Boeser buried them for good, going high glove on Koskinen.
“He made some good saves,” said Tippett. “But when you give up five, the whole team has to take ownership of that.”
If there is a bright side to this, it’s that it’s Game 1, and it hopefully got the Oilers’ attention.
“I think we had a receptive team at the start of camp and I still think we have a receptive team,” said Tippett. “It’s a matter of getting the job done.”
An Oilers power play that led the NHL, set a franchise record 29.5 per-cent efficiency rate and was a cornerstone of their last season, went 0-for-4 in its 2021 debut.
“Probably not as dangerous as you’d like to see it,” said Tippett. “But it’s the first look with Barrie on the point. We’ll have a look at it and see if adjustments need to be made.”
The Oilers wore “Moss” name bars on the back of their jerseys in warm up as part of the tribute to the late, great dressing room attendant who died in October. They opened the night with video tributes to both Moss and former head coach John Muckler, who died earlier this month.
Late hits: Gaetan Haas and James Neal were out with COVID-19 issues … The Canucks were without one of their best players, J.T. Miller, who will miss two weeks with COVID-19 … McDavid celebrated his 24th birthday on Wednesday.
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