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The Vancouver Canucks blitzed the Edmonton Oilers for four goals in the first period on the way to a 6-3 win Thursday night at Rogers Place.

The Canucks scored on their first four shots of the game, all of them on Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen.

Nils Hoglander scored 31 seconds into the game. Jack Rathbone notched his first NHL goal. Travis Hamonic and Jayce Hawyrluk had the third and fourth goals.

Koskinen was in net for all four goals and became just the third goalie since 1979 to not make a save on the first four shots of a game.

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Oilers netminder Mike Smith took over in goal with 7:38 left in the first. On a power play, Smith’s long pass to Connor McDavid helped set up a goal by Leon Draisaitl.

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Then, McDavid fed Jesse Puljujarvi, who blasted in a one-timer.

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Vancouver’s Tyler Graovac banked a shot in off Smith’s back halfway through the second to make it 5-2 Canucks.

McDavid had a penalty shot with 7:16 left in the third. He went to his backhand, but Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko came up with a stretching pad save.

Just eleven seconds later, Drasaitl ripped in his second of the night to pull the Oilers within two.

Vancouver forward Brock Boeser squashed any comeback hopes with a goal less than three minutes later.

Demko made 39 saves to earn the win.

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McDavid had three assists and has 96 points with four games left in the regular season.

The Oilers (32-18-2) will host the Canucks again Saturday.

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