In Edmonton, the Oilers were only able to keep close to the Vancouver Canucks.
In the end, two goals from Brock Boeser in the third period gave the Canucks a 5-3 win road.
“I was pretty excited coming into a new year and getting a fresh start,” Boeser said. “I think our team played a really good hockey game for our first game of the year and we have to build off it. We have to make some adjustments in some areas. We made some mistakes, but overall we did a good job tonight.”
In his first game with the Canucks, Braden Holtby made 28 saves for the win.
“I want to see improved puck play getting out of our zone,” Edmonton head coach Dave Tippett said. “We gave up two goals off pucks we played on the wall and didn’t get it out. Just some poor puck play led to a lot of chances against.”
Bo Horvat opened the scoring in the first period to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.
“I’m really happy with our game. It was a good start to our season,” Canucks coach Travis Green said. “I like how we responded in certain parts of the game. Obviously when they scored, we bounced back. It was a nice win.”
Nils Hoglander potted his first NHL goal in the win.
“I couldn’t believe it when the puck went it,” Hoglander said. “I was in the moment and I was happy to see the puck going in. It feels good. I think we played a good game and it feels really good.”
Adam Gaudette scored after the Oilers had tied the at 2-2, to give the Canucks another one-goal lead.
“I think it just comes down to us, a lot of those goals are mistakes by us,” Yamamoto said. “They’re all correctable and once we do that, we’ll be good. It’s the first game. We haven’t played in a few months. It’s going to take a little bit of time.
“I think it’s coming along. I think we learned a lot in this training camp. We can only get better from here. I think we’ll be good; we’ve just got to keep working on it.”