Connor McDavid had four points and the Edmonton Oilers made it to the playoffs with a 5–3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
The Oils captain had two goals and two assists and Jesse Puljujarvi had one each. Tyson Barry and Dominic Cahun also scored for Edmonton (31–17–2) and Leon Dreiszt added a pair.
McDavid leads the NHL with 91 points (31 goals, 60 assists).
Nate Schmidt and JT Miller scored for the Canucks (19-24-3), who saw skid stretches in their five matches.
Miko Koskinen stopped 23 of 20 to earn his 12th win of the season. Canucks netminder Brayden Holby had 27 saves.
The Oilers hold a 4–2 lead in the season series, which consists of two games.
Edmonton is second in the North Division, eight points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. Vancouver is at the bottom of all Canadian group standings with nine games.
The Chicago Blackhawks knocked out the Ulcers from a play-in round in a five-match series last season.
The Oilers took a 4–2 lead on the third Monday night and refused to relay. Kans was hit by a single shot on goal through the first 15 minutes of the round.
Vancouver pulled Holby with 3:29 left in the clock and an immediately paid move with Bouser sent a shot that drew Coskin away from the face of the past.
The right-winger leads the Canucks in scoring with 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists).
McDavid sealed the score at 5–3, burying an empty net strike with 1:00 to go in the game.
Cahun closed out the second period with a Holtby bang, giving it a 4–2 lead on the clock for Edmonton with 44.1 seconds left.
Miller limited the Allers’ lead to 3-2 with his 12th goal of the year.
The second day of Vancouver night came at 17:16 when Miller hit a backhand shot from above the crease under Koskinen’s outstretched glove.
Just 41 seconds earlier, McDavid dropped a Canucks pass in the neutral zone, skating in the Vancouver area and blasting a shot at Holtby. Netminder initially looked to save a glove, but was dodged through the puck and his attempt to dive backward and get out of the goal line was unsuccessful.
Barry gave Edmonton a 2–1 lead in just 18 seconds in the middle frame.
Holtby intercepted a shot from Puljujarvi, but could not win the rebound. Barry hit a crust at the top of the crease and swiftly popped it for his eighth goal of the season.
The Canucks drew 1–1 before the end of the first game thanks to Shakesid’s fifth goal of the season.
The defenseman took advantage of a net-front screen by rookie Nils Hoaglander and rifled a shot from above the left face-off circle, defeating Koskinen on his blocking side.
The Oilers got an early lead after McDavid sent a slick pass to Puljujarvi across the slot. The Finnish forward fired Holtby from the right face-off circle with a timer and gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead in the game.
It was Puljujaravi’s 13th goal of the year.
The Canucks called back defenseman Jack Rathbone and center Tyler Grecok from the first taxi squad on Monday, aiming to fill spots on a team beset by injuries.
Center Brandon Sutter (upper body) is the latest Vancouver player to go down with an injury, joining forward Tyler Mottay, Antoine Russell, Jay Beagle and Elias Pettersson who were already out with various illnesses.
The team on Saturday hired right-winger Jake Sadaten on leave amid allegations of sexual misconduct allegations.
Monday’s game kicked off a four-straight matchup between the Oilers and Canucks. Round two will go to Vancouver on Tuesday.
Each side had a 0 for 1 on the power play … Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse played his 400th NHL game.