Leon Dreiszital scored twice and Conor McDavid registered as a pair, as the Edmonton Oilers won 4–1 over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.
McDavid continues to lead the NHL with 93 points (31 goals, 62 assists) and Dreistel is second in the race with 75 (26 goals, 49 assists).
Darnell Nurse had one goal and one assist in Tuesday’s win, and Evan Bouchard scored the scoring goal for the Ayers (32-17-2).
Brock Boycer set a long goal for the Canucks (19-25-3), who saw Skid Stretch lose six matches.
Mike Smith stopped 28 shots for Edmonton and Thatcher Demko scored 23 goals for Vancouver.
It was the second night that Almonton topped the Auckers the Canucks after reaching the playoff spot with a 5–3 win on Monday.
The Allers are second in the All-Canadian North Division, six points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Canucks topped the standings with nine matches left in their season.
Edmonton had a 3–1 lead in the third on Tuesday and the nurses added to the cushion after turning the puck in the Oils area.
Josh Archibald finds the nurse in front of the Vancouver net and passes his tape. The Oilers defenseman fired a shot from Demko to seal the score at 14:53.
Vancouver outscored Edmonton 17-6, but could not beat Smith.
The Canucks closed the scorer sheet during a period of two and a half Tuesday until Dreistel and McDavid drove a wave of three straight goals through the second.
At the end of the Cannics the first night of DeResitel by Vancouver’s JT Miller closed. McDavid removed his foul pass and sent Dresitel out, scoring a snap shot at Demco’s shoulder 14:29 to equalize the score 1–1 in the middle frame.
Miller strikes with his stick and expels a four-letter nod in a loud reply.
A cascade of penalties then sets the Oilers for a pair of power-play strikes.
Edmonton was the first to box when William LaGesson was called for interception. For just 10 seconds in the man advantage, Tanner Pearson of Vancouver 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 payout.
Draisaitl was quick to capitalize, using a net-front screen by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and destroying Demko a shot past the left face-off circle at 17:25.
Drisitel’s 26th goal of the season gave the Oilers a 2–1 lead.
Edmonton still had time on the Miller penalty and with less than a minute to go in the period, Bouchard beat Demko 3–1 with a long shot.
It was his second goal of the season.
Edmonton went 2 for 3 with Mana Fayda, while Vancouver failed to score on four power plays.
Boeser gave the home an early lead on Tuesday, allowing just 34 seconds into the game.
Caines drove Rocky Nils Hoaglander into the Oilers zone and threw a pass over the nurse, who was trying to break up a play by leaping over the crease.
Bowser jumped on the puck and pasted it into the back of the net.
It was his 19th goal of the season and the 200th point (94 goals, 106 assists) of his NHL career.
The Oilers hold a 5–2 lead between the two sides in the 10-game season series. The competition will continue on Thursday when the Canucks travel to Edmonton.
Vancouver defenseman Jack Rathbone made his NHL debut. The Canucks selected him 95th overall in the 2017 draft. Affiliated to the American Hockey League of Vancouver, he has two goals and seven assists in eight matches this season with the Utica Comets. The Canucks’ left-hander Tanner Pearson played his 500th NHL game.