It’s an extended and winding highway that results in the door of the NHL playoffs.
After the conclusion of each common season, the league’s elite 16 conduct a battle for essentially the most illustrious trophy in sport.
On Monday night time, the Edmonton Oilers knocked on that door and walked via it.
The Oilers secured a berth within the Stanley Cup playoffs, after topping the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Area 5-3.
“We’ve bought a shot at profitable the Stanley Cup,” Oilers defenceman Tyson Barrie mentioned after the sport.
It took lower than 4 minutes for the Oilers to take the lead. Edmonton ahead Jesse Puljujarvi notched his thirteenth objective of the season, ending off a passing play with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
Nate Schmidt scored for Canucks later within the first, night issues up after one.
The Oilers didn’t wait lengthy to reply, with Barrie placing Edmonton again in entrance by tucking in a rebound 18 ticks into the second.
McDavid notched his thirtieth of the season when his wrist shot went via Canucks goaltender Braden Holtby and skittered over the objective line.
The Canucks responded shortly after, with J.T. Miller bringing it to 3-2 simply 43 seconds later.
However simply earlier than the interval ran out, Dominik Kahun got here proper again with a one-timer within the last minute of the primary. Dmitry Kulikov picked up an help on Kahun’s objective for his first level with the Oilers, as Edmonton took a 4-2 lead into the third interval.
Canucks ahead Brock Boeser scored off a faceoff win with 3:27 to go within the third.
McDavid put it away with an empty-netter with one minute to go.
The Oilers captain is probably not fascinated by 100 factors all that a lot, however it’s more and more wanting he’ll hit that spectacular mark after his two-goal, two-assist effort Monday night time.
The 24-year-old has a jaw-dropping 91 factors in 50 video games this season, with 20 of them coming in his final seven video games.
“It’s a quantity,” McDavid mentioned after the sport. “If I get there, nice. If not, it’s not the top of the world both.”
For now although, McDavid is glad to have clinched a spot within the playoffs and so is his head coach.
“I give our guys credit score,” mentioned Dave Tippett. “The objective was to ensure we’re a playoff group and that’s what we’ve completed.”
Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen made 20 saves to enhance to 12-11.
The Oilers and Canucks will play once more Tuesday night time. It’s on 630 CHED with the Faceoff Present at 6 p.m. The sport begins at 8 p.m.
–With information from 630 CHED’s David Boles
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