Horvat scores twice, Markstrom solid as Canucks beat Oilers

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Bo Horvat scored twice, Jacob Markstrom settled down to make 33 saves after allowing a goal on the game's first shot, and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night.

Brandon Sutter also scored for the Canucks, the last team in the NHL to start their season.

''You always want to start off hot, you always want to start off strong,'' Horvat said. ''It definitely helps my confidence.''

Kris Russell had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had the other goal for the Oilers, who opened their schedule with a 3-0 home victory Wednesday over the Calgary Flames behind Connor McDavid's hat trick.

Sutter played a key role in shutting down McDavid, who was held off the scoresheet for the first time in 16 games dating back to last season.

Travis Green made his debut as an NHL head coach behind the Canucks' bench as Vancouver picked up its first regulation win over Edmonton since Nov. 19, 2014.

''We had a hell of a game against a real good hockey team,'' Green said. ''We played a pretty quick game against a pretty fast team.''

Cam Talbot allowed three goals on seven shots before being lifted early in the second period. Laurent Brossoit stopped all 19 shots he faced in relief.

''They played a scrappy, hard game,'' Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said. ''By the time we figured that out it was a little too late.''

With his team up 2-1 after the opening period, Horvat scored his second of the night 32 seconds into the second period when he won a puck battle behind the net before his wraparound shot somehow got between Talbot's pad and the post.

Horvat, who led the Canucks in scoring last season, sustained an upper-body injury during the exhibition schedule, but showed no ill effects against the Oilers.

The Oilers opened the scoring just 1:08 into the game on the first shot when Russell, who scored just once in 68 games all of last season, snapped a puck from the top of the circle off the rush that went between the legs of Vancouver defenseman Erik Gudbranson and past a surprised Markstrom.

The Canucks responded on the power play at 7:35 when Horvat powered past Matt Benning before chipping a shot shortside on Talbot.

UP NEXT

Oilers: Host Winnipeg on Monday night.

Canucks: Host Ottawa on Tuesday night.

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1012
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STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
M. Benning D00110/0014:001
D. Caggiula C00-120/1013:551
L. Draisaitl C00-149/10021:561
E. Gryba D00010/0212:353
J. Jokinen LW00-112/4210:541
Z. Kassian RW01110/0015:352
J. Khaira LW00000/1005:000
O. Klefbom D00-220/0225:451
A. Larsson D00-130/0224:253
M. Letestu C00033/5014:123
M. Lucic LW01130/1015:412
P. Maroon LW01-120/0218:183
C. McDavid C00-122/2224:381
R. Nugent-Hopkins C10146/5019:310
D. Nurse D00040/0218:462
I. Pakarinen RW00000/0006:080
K. Russell D11020/0017:520
R. Strome C00-105/4510:012
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Baertschi LW00120/0016:151
A. Burmistrov C00-110/2013:200
M. Del Zotto D00-110/0017:371
D. Dorsett RW00100/0017:206
A. Edler D01120/0225:372
L. Eriksson LW01110/1017:220
S. Gagner C00-112/1213:330
M. Granlund C00132/3018:130
E. Gudbranson D00-110/0017:032
B. Horvat C201215/13018:370
B. Hutton D01120/0017:130
D. Sedin LW00020/0014:021
H. Sedin C00007/3013:300
T. Stecher D00100/0712:412
B. Sutter C10137/4216:480
C. Tanev D00120/0020:280
T. Vanek LW00030/0013:180
J. Virtanen RW00-100/0007:341
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
L. Brossoit 1901937:56
C. Talbot (L)73420:32
GOALIESSA
L. Brossoit 19
C. Talbot (L)7
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Markstrom (W)3523359:34
GOALIESSA
J. Markstrom (W)35
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    TEAM STATS
    Shots on Goal00
    Goals in Power Play00
    Faceoff Wins00
    Penalties00
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties00
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    Shots on Goal0
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins0
    Penalties0
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties0
    Misconducts0
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    1012
    2103
    STARS OF THE GAME
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    M. Benning D00110/0014:001
    D. Caggiula C00-120/1013:551
    L. Draisaitl C00-149/10021:561
    E. Gryba D00010/0212:353
    J. Jokinen LW00-112/4210:541
    Z. Kassian RW01110/0015:352
    J. Khaira LW00000/1005:000
    O. Klefbom D00-220/0225:451
    A. Larsson D00-130/0224:253
    M. Letestu C00033/5014:123
    M. Lucic LW01130/1015:412
    P. Maroon LW01-120/0218:183
    C. McDavid C00-122/2224:381
    R. Nugent-Hopkins C10146/5019:310
    D. Nurse D00040/0218:462
    I. Pakarinen RW00000/0006:080
    K. Russell D11020/0017:520
    R. Strome C00-105/4510:012
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    S. Baertschi LW00120/0016:151
    A. Burmistrov C00-110/2013:200
    M. Del Zotto D00-110/0017:371
    D. Dorsett RW00100/0017:206
    A. Edler D01120/0225:372
    L. Eriksson LW01110/1017:220
    S. Gagner C00-112/1213:330
    M. Granlund C00132/3018:130
    E. Gudbranson D00-110/0017:032
    B. Horvat C201215/13018:370
    B. Hutton D01120/0017:130
    D. Sedin LW00020/0014:021
    H. Sedin C00007/3013:300
    T. Stecher D00100/0712:412
    B. Sutter C10137/4216:480
    C. Tanev D00120/0020:280
    T. Vanek LW00030/0013:180
    J. Virtanen RW00-100/0007:341
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    L. Brossoit 1901937:56
    C. Talbot (L)73420:32
    GOALIESSA
    L. Brossoit 19
    C. Talbot (L)7
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Markstrom (W)3523359:34
    GOALIESSA
    J. Markstrom (W)35
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    EDM1-1
    1012
    2103
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    M. Benning D00110/0014:001
    D. Caggiula C00-120/1013:551
    L. Draisaitl C00-149/10021:561
    E. Gryba D00010/0212:353
    J. Jokinen LW00-112/4210:541
    Z. Kassian RW01110/0015:352
    J. Khaira LW00000/1005:000
    O. Klefbom D00-220/0225:451
    A. Larsson D00-130/0224:253
    M. Letestu C00033/5014:123
    M. Lucic LW01130/1015:412
    P. Maroon LW01-120/0218:183
    C. McDavid C00-122/2224:381
    R. Nugent-Hopkins C10146/5019:310
    D. Nurse D00040/0218:462
    I. Pakarinen RW00000/0006:080
    K. Russell D11020/0017:520
    R. Strome C00-105/4510:012
    Total-------
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    S. Baertschi LW00120/0016:151
    A. Burmistrov C00-110/2013:200
    M. Del Zotto D00-110/0017:371
    D. Dorsett RW00100/0017:206
    A. Edler D01120/0225:372
    L. Eriksson LW01110/1017:220
    S. Gagner C00-112/1213:330
    M. Granlund C00132/3018:130
    E. Gudbranson D00-110/0017:032
    B. Horvat C201215/13018:370
    B. Hutton D01120/0017:130
    D. Sedin LW00020/0014:021
    H. Sedin C00007/3013:300
    T. Stecher D00100/0712:412
    B. Sutter C10137/4216:480
    C. Tanev D00120/0020:280
    T. Vanek LW00030/0013:180
    J. Virtanen RW00-100/0007:341
    Total-------
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    L. Brossoit 1901937:56
    C. Talbot (L)73420:32
    GOALIESSA
    L. Brossoit 19
    C. Talbot (L)7
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Markstrom (W)3523359:34
    GOALIESSA
    J. Markstrom (W)35

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