Smith makes 32 saves, Oilers shut out Canucks for fifth straight victory


VANCOUVER — Mike Smith made 32 saves, and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Thursday to sweep a two-game set at Rogers Arena.

Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist to become the first player to 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) this season. 

Alex Chiasson and Jesse Puljujarvi each scored a power-play goal for Edmonton (14-8-0), which has won five in a row and eight of nine. The Oilers defeated the Canucks 4-3 in their first game on Tuesday.

Smith is 6-0-0 to start a season for the first time in his 15-season NHL career. After missing the first 13 games with an undisclosed injury, the 38-year-old goalie has two shutouts and a .944 save percentage in seven appearances.

Thatcher Demko made 31 saves for Vancouver (8-14-2), which is (2-9-2) in its past 13 games.

Chiasson put the Oilers ahead 1-0 at 7:41 of the second period. He took a pass atop the left side of the crease, spun back across the crease and swept the puck just inside the far post, giving him six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games. 

Vancouver is 0-12-0 this season when the opposing team scores first.

The Canucks were 0-for-4 on the power play and didn’t get shot on two third-period chances.

Puljujarvi scored 1:37 after the second failed chance, squeezing a rebound between Demko and the post from a sharp angle to make it 2-0 at 12:35 of the third period. Edmonton finished 2-for-5 on the power play.

McDavid scored into an empty net with 23 seconds left for the 3-0 final.

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