Connor McDavid became the first Edmonton Oiler to record 100 points in a season since 1995/96 as the Oilers knocked off Vancouver 5-2 Sunday night at Rogers Place.
McDavid assisted on Drake Caggiula’s second period marker and on Leon Draisaitl’s third period strike as the Oilers set a new team record by winning their ninth straight home game. Doug Weight had 104 points 21 years ago.
Chants of “M-V-P” filled Rogers Place as McDavid’s milestone was announced. McDavid is the first Oiler to lead the NHL in scoring since Wayne Gretzky in 1986/87. He also extended his point streak to 14 games.
“It means so much to me. But like I keep saying, I would not be in this position if it weren’t for the guys on the team,” said McDavid. “Up and down the line-up, it’s such an honour to play with this group.”
Jordan Eberle netted his second career hat trick, scoring a goal in each period.
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Nikolay Goldobin and Nikita Tryamkin scored for the Canucks.
Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves to earn the win in goal.
The Oilers finish second in the Pacific Division with a record of 47-26-9. They’ll meet San Jose in the first round of the playoffs. Ryan-Nugent Hopkins is confident about their chances.
“We have a lot of energy, I think we play a harder style of game now. I think we can compete with any team in this league right now,” he said. “We have the confidence to be able to go and do it, so it’s exciting.”
Game one will be Wednesday at 8pm. Coverage on 630 CHED will start with the Face-off Show at 6pm. (jrw)