Connor McDavid had 4 factors and the Edmonton Oilers clinched a playoff spot with a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
The Oilers captain had two objective and two assists and Jesse Puljujarvi had one in all every. Tyson Barrie and Dominik Kahun additionally scored for Edmonton (31-17-2), and Leon Draisaitl notched a pair of assists.
McDavid leads the NHL in scoring with 91 factors (31 targets, 60 assists).
Nate Schmidt and J.T. Miller scored for the Canucks (19-24-3), who noticed their dropping skid stretch to 5 video games.
The Oilers maintain a 4-2 edge within the season sequence between the 2 sides with 4 video games to go.
Edmonton sits second within the North Division, eight factors again of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Vancouver stays on the backside of the all-Canadian group’s standings with 9 video games to go.
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Chicago bounced the Oilers from the play-in spherical in a five-game sequence final season.
Vancouver pulled Holtby with 3:29 left on the clock and the transfer instantly paid off with Boeser despatched a bullet hovering previous Koskinen off a face-off draw.
The appropriate-winger leads the Canucks in scoring with 38 factors (18 targets, 20 assists).
McDavid sealed the rating at 5-3, burying an empty-net strike with 1:00 to go within the sport.
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Kahun closed out the second interval with a blast previous Holtby, making it 4-2 for Edmonton with 44.1 seconds left on the clock.
Miller had briefly narrowed the Oilers result in 3-2 together with his twelfth objective of the yr.
Vancouver’s second of the evening got here 17:16 into the second when Miller tucked a backhanded shot below Koskinen’s outstretched glove from the highest of the crease.
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Simply 41 seconds earlier, McDavid picked off a Canucks cross within the impartial zone, skated into Vancouver territory and blasted a shot at Holtby. The netminder initially appeared to make a glove save, however the puck trickled via and his try and dive backward and sweep it off the objective line was unsuccessful.
Holtby stopped a shot from Puljujarvi however could not corral the rebound. Barrie scooped up the puck on the prime of the crease and shortly popped it in for his eighth objective of the season.
The Canucks tied the sport at 1-1 earlier than the top of the primary, due to Schmidt’s fifth objective of the season.
The defenceman took benefit of a net-front display screen by rookie Nils Hoglander and rifled a shot from the highest of the left face-off circle, beating Koskinen on his blocker facet.
The Oilers obtained an early lead after McDavid despatched a slick cross to Puljujarvi throughout the slot. The Finnish ahead fired a one timer previous Holtby from the proper face-off circle to present Edmonton a 1-0 lead 3:45 into the sport.
It was Puljujarvi’s thirteenth objective of the yr.
The Canucks recalled defenceman Jack Rathbone and centre Tyler Graovac from the taxi squad earlier on Monday, strikes aimed toward filling spots on a group that is been rocked by accidents.
Centre Brandon Sutter (higher physique) is the most recent Vancouver participant to go down with an harm, becoming a member of forwards Tyler Motte, Antoine Roussel, Jay Beagle and Elias Pettersson who have been already out with numerous illnesses.
The group additionally positioned right-winger Jake Virtanen on depart on Saturday amid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
Monday’s sport kicked off four-straight matchups between the Oilers and Canucks. Spherical two will go in Vancouver on Tuesday.