Oilers beat Canucks 3-2, clinch at least second in Pacific
01:17, Apr 13, 2017
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Trust what you have been witnessing.
"We knew McDavid was going to be pushing for 100 points and I'm sure the whole team wanted to get it for him", he said. Right now, as the second-place team in the Pacific, they're slotted to face San Jose in the first round, and they've been dominant in two recent wins over the Sharks. It happened and its a happening.
"He's been unbelievable for us all season and something we could do for him was to look for him here and there", said Draisaitl.
"We have enough experience in this locker room to handle the playoffs", he said.
"But as I said, sometimes you don't have to over-think things and when a 19-year-old gets 30 goals and 100 points and plays the way that this kid played and meant as much as he did". So despite all of their experience, many would argue that they still "don't know how to win".
Yes, it happened before it was supposed to happen.
The last playoff run for the Oilers, in 2006, ended with a trip to the Stanley Cup final against the Caroline Hurricanes, who beat the Oilers in Game 7. He also became the second Oilers player to claim the award and first since Gretzky won seven straight from 1980-81 through 1986-87. They had a complete turnaround this season, and are playing their best hockey. The last time that the Oilers were in the playoffs, McDavid was in elementary school while the Sharks were in the finals just past year. The Oilers need Draisaitl to produce secondary offense if they are going to advance deep into the playoffs.
San Jose: Nothing frustrated Sharks fans more this season than the team's 25th-ranked power play (as well as the coaching staff's unwillingness to at least try different units).
Connor McDavid had two assists en route to his 99th and 100th point of the season. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Chicago's Patrick Kane finished tied for second in points with 89 apiece. They're now third in the Atlantic with 95 points.
Edmonton took the lead on a two-man advantage with 1:14 remaining in the opening period, as an Eberle pass attempt hit defender Luca Sbisa and caromed past Vancouver starter Richard Bachman. For the longest time this year, his goal totals were relatively low compared to the other elite players. McDavid registered at least one point in 59 of his 82 appearances (72.0%), highlighted by a career-high, 14-game point streak to close the season (7-18-25) - the longest by any National Hockey League player in 2016-17 and longest by any Oilers player since 1987-88.
This season, the Oilers have allowed 5.88 goals every 60 minutes (GA60) they've been shorthanded, and have outperformed their expected goals against rate (xGA60), allowing 1.01 fewer goals per 60 than expected.
The following season the Oilers drafted the next savior in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but injuries have stalled his progress as a professional.