Sports Draisaitl, McDavid dominant as Oilers down beleaguered Canucks 4-1

08:55  05 may  2021
08:55  05 may  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid races to 100 points this NHL season

  Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid races to 100 points this NHL season Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid sprinted to a 100-point NHL season and joined elite company with a goal and three assists Saturday in a 4-3 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. McDavid collected his 97th to 100th point before the end of the second period of his 53rd game. The 24-year-old became the ninth player in NHL history — and the first in his own lifetime — to reach the century-point mark in 53 games or less, according to NHL statisticians. McDavid is the first player since Mario Lemieux (38 games) and teammate Jaromir Jagr (52) in 1995-96 to get to 100 points in 53 games or fewer.

GAME STORY: Oilers 4 , Canucks 1 . Two goals from Leon Draisaitl and two more points from Connor McDavid power Edmonton to another victory in Vancouver. by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com. The Canucks scored a strange one just 34 seconds into the game to take an early 1 -0 lead as Nils Hoglander and Brock Boeser broke loose on a mini two-on-one rush. Hoglander slid a pass underneath the legs of Darnell Nurse, who had dropped down to his stomach, and the puck bounced off both of Boeser's legs before rolling past Mike Smith for his 19th goal of the season and

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl had a pair of four point nights as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2.

VANCOUVER — Leon Draisaitl scored twice and Connor McDavid registered a pair of assists as the Edmonton Oilers collected a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

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McDavid continues to lead the NHL in scoring with 93 points (31 goals, 62 assists) and Draisaitl sits second in the race with 75 (26 goals, 49 assists).

Darnell Nurse had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's win, and Evan Bouchard rounded out the scoring for the Oilers (32-17-2).

Brock Boeser put away the long goal for the Canucks (19-25-3), who saw their losing skid stretch to six games.

Mike Smith stopped 28 shots for Edmonton and Thatcher Demko had 23 saves for Vancouver.

Canucks snap six-game losing skid with dominant 6-3 win over Oilers

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Connor McDavid scored the tiebreaking goal and Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, all in the third period, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the New York Rangers 4 - 1 Saturday for their season-opening fifth straight win. Oscar Klefbom had a goal and an assist, McDavid also had an assist, and Mike Smith stopped 20 shots to help Edmonton complete a sweep of the New York area teams. The Oilers beat the Islanders 4 - 1 on Tuesday night, and then edged New Jersey 4-3 in a shootout Thursday night.

McDavid scores winner as Oilers down Canucks . Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers opened the 2019-20 NHL season with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. Connor McDavid broke a 2-2 deadlock with five-and-a-half minutes to play. Just over a minute later, the Oilers knotted the game back up as Kassian picked the top corner after taking a pass from Draisaitl . Smith ended up with 31 saves. “It was a huge team win,” Smith said. “We never crumbled when we got down 2- 1 . You love to win so it feels good to get that first one under our belts.”

It was the second night in a row the Oilers topped the Canucks, coming after Edmonton clinched a playoff spot with a 5-3 victory on Monday.

The Oilers sit second in the all-Canadian North Division, six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Canucks remain at the bottom of the standings with nine games left in their season.

Edmonton had a 3-1 lead coming into the third on Tuesday and Nurse added to the cushion after the Canucks turned the puck over in Oilers territory.

Josh Archibald found Nurse in front of the Vancouver net and snapped a pass to his tape. The Oilers defenceman fired a shot past Demko to seal the score at 14:53.

Vancouver outshot Edmonton 17-6 across the third but couldn't beat Smith.

The Canucks held the Oilers off the score sheet through a period and a half Tuesday until Draisaitl and McDavid sparked a wave of three straight goals midway through the second.

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Leon Draisaitl scored the eventual shootout winner and Cam Talbot made it stick with a save on Johnny Gaudreau, cementing the 2- 1 shootout win.

Draisaitl and McDavid , the NHL's top two scorers, were reunited on the same line for the game and each finished with four points as Edmonton won for the sixth time in nine games (6- 1 -2) and improved to 8-0 against Ottawa. Mikko Koskinen made 28 saves, including two in close late with the Senators' Brown tied the game 2-all 1 :02 into the third period by extended his goal-scoring streak to five games with a shot from inside the top of the left circle. Draisaitl had given the Oilers a 2- 1 lead late in the second period off his second feed from McDavid . Taking the pass in the right corner with his skates

Draisaitl's first of the night came off a turnover by Vancouver's J.T. Miller deep in the Canucks end. McDavid picked off his errant pass and sent it out to Draisaitl, who rifled a snap shot over Demko's shoulder 14:29 into the middle frame to knot the score at 1-1.

Miller smashed his stick and loudly uttered a four-letter expletive in response.

A cascade of penalties then set the Oilers up for a pair of power-play strikes.

Edmonton was first to the box when William Lagesson was called for interference. Just 10 seconds into the man advantage, Vancouver's Tanner Pearson joined him for hooking.

Twenty-one seconds into the ensuing 4-on-4, Miller was called for a high stick that left the Oilers with a power pay.

Draisaitl was quick to capitalize, using a net-front screen by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and blasting a shot past Demko from the top of the left face-off circle at 17:25.

Draisaitl's 26th goal of the season gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead.

Canadiens' Molson, Bergevin have been talking about future

  Canadiens' Molson, Bergevin have been talking about future Bergevin’s nine-year tenure in Montreal has had its ups and downs, including a rebuild in the last couple of years, which has had some success as the Habs' young players have, for the most part, developed well. Bergevin added a number of veteran players during the offseason in order to post a playoff-caliber team, including adding Tyler Toffoli, Josh Anderson, Jake Allen and Joel Edmundson, but Bergevin did fire head coach Claude Julien midseason with pressure mounting for the Canadiens to make a playoff run, which they have done this year under interim coach Dominique Ducharme.

The Oilers didn’t coast to their eighth win over Ottawa this season, but in the end the Senators couldn’t contain Edmonton’s superstar combination of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl . Playing on the same line Wednesday night, Draisaitl scored three goals and assisted on McDavid ’s game-winner, and the Oilers continued their dominance of the Senators with a 4 -2 win Wednesday night. McDavid and Draisaitl often centre their own scoring lines, but they have proven to be a potent combination when put together. “It’s probably a different game than when I’m playing centre,” Draisaitl said.

Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each reached 50 points, and the Edmonton Oilers split a home-and-home series against the Vancouver Canucks with a 3-2 win at Rogers Arena on Sunday. McDavid had two assists and has 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists); Draisaitl scored his second power-play goal of the game 46 seconds into the third period to reach 50 points (18 goals, 32 assists). They are the first set of teammates since 1995-96 to have 50 points each 29 games into a season (Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr and Ron Francis with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 1995-96).

Edmonton still had time on the Miller penalty and with less than a minute to go in the period, Bouchard beat Demko with a long shot to make it 3-1.

It was his second goal of the season.

Edmonton was 2 for 3 with the man advantage while Vancouver failed to score on four power plays.

Boeser gave the home side an early edge on Tuesday, scoring just 34 seconds into the game.

Canucks rookie Nils Hoglander powered into the Oilers zone and threw a pass over Nurse, who was sprawled across the top of the crease, trying to break up a play.

Boeser jumped on the puck and popped it in past Smith at the side of the net.

It was his 19th goal of the season and the 200th point (94 goals, 106 assist) of his NHL career.

The Oilers hold a 5-2 edge in the 10-game season series between the two sides. The contest will continue Thursday when the Canucks visit Edmonton.

NOTES: Vancouver defenceman Jack Rathbone made his NHL debut. The Canucks selected him 95th overall in the 2017 draft. He has two goals and seven assists in eight games this season with Vancouver's American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets. … Canucks left-winger Tanner Pearson played his 500th NHL game.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2021.

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

After strong start, Canadiens fall apart in third period vs. Oilers .
The Canadiens have done a good job this season of keeping Connor McDavid neutralized. That is until Monday night. McDavid, the NHL’s scoring leader, produced the winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation time, carrying the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens at Rogers Place. The Oilers scored four unanswered third-period goals for the victory — the others coming from defenceman Ethan Bear, with his first this season, Jesse Puljujarvi and Devin Shore into an empty net. Edmonton scored three late goals in a span of three minutes, 10 seconds, in an incredible turn of events, while peppering 19 shots at Jake Allen in the period.

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