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Oilers make playoffs for first time since 2006

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
OILERS DEFEAT KINGS, CLINCH FIRST PLAYOFF BERTH SINCE 2006

Connor McDavid opened the scoring and Cam Talbot made 34 saves to help the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Los Angeles Kings and clinch a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, their first postseason appearance since 2005-06 when they reached the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Oilers, who improved to 7-1-0 in their past eight games, ended the longest playoff drought in their 38-season NHL history. At 42-25-9 (93 points), they remain two points back of the Anaheim Ducks (42-23-11, 95 points) for first place in the Pacific Division.

* McDavid extended his point streak to eight games (4-10-14) to open a seven-point lead in the race for the Art Ross Trophy (27-62-89). Leon Draisaitl (0-1-1) also pushed his point streak to eight games (4-11-15).

Video: Oilers beat Kings to clinch playoff spot

 

TUESDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

Winnipeg 4, NEW JERSEY 3 (SO)
BOSTON 4, Nashville 1
PHILADELPHIA 3, Ottawa 2 (SO)
CAROLINA 4, Detroit 1
COLUMBUS 3, Buffalo 1
TORONTO 3, Florida 2
MONTREAL 4, Dallas 1
Washington 5, MINNESOTA 4 (OT)
EDMONTON 2, Los Angeles 1
Anaheim 4, VANCOUVER 1
SAN JOSE 5, NY Rangers 4 (OT)

 

DUCKS, SHARKS ALSO PUNCH TICKETS IN JAM-PACKED PACIFIC DIVISION

The Ducks (42-23-11, 95 points) and San Jose Sharks (43-26-7, 93 points) -- who clinched by virtue of Edmonton's win against Los Angeles -- also earned victories to keep pace in the crowded Pacific Division:

* Corey Perry and Patrick Eaves each scored within the first 97 seconds of the game and Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves when the Ducks clinched their fifth consecutive playoff berth and 10th in the past 12 seasons. Bernier matched and established NHL career-high win and point streaks, earning his fifth straight victory and 10th consecutive game with a point (9-0-1). Anaheim is 10-2-1 record returning from its bye week on March 3, including an active eight-game point streak (7-0-1).

* Chris Tierney (2-0-2) tied the game with 2:15 remaining in the third period and Brent Burns scored in overtime when San Jose clinched its 12th playoff berth in the past 13 seasons. Burns, who leads NHL defensemen with 73 points (28 goals, 45 assists), scored for the first time since Feb. 18 (16 GP) to establish a new single-season Sharks record for goals by a defenseman.

Video: Sharks clinch playoff spot, prevail in OT

 

RANGERS LOCK IN POSTSEASON SPOT WITH POINT IN SAN JOSE

J.T. Miller (2-0-2) scored twice to help the New York Rangers (46-26-5, 97 points) erase a 3-1 deficit and earn a point in San Jose, clinching their seventh consecutive postseason appearance and 11th in the past 12 seasons.

 

OTHER EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF SPOTS REMAINS UNCLEAR

The Toronto Maple Leafs (36-24-15, 87 points), Boston Bruins (40-30-6, 86 points) and Carolina Hurricanes (34-27-14, 82 points) each earned regulation wins to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

* Auston Matthews opened the scoring and fellow rookie Zach Hyman (1-1-2) scored the game-winning goal to help the Maple Leafs move within four points of the Ottawa Senators (41-25-9, 91 points) for second place in the Atlantic Division. Matthews established a new Maple Leafs rookie record with his 35th goal of 2016-17 to become the third rookie in the past 22 seasons to hit the 35-goal mark, joining Alex Ovechkin (52) and Sidney Crosby (39) in 2005-06.

* Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci each scored in the first period, and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves, and Boston opened a three-point lead over the idle Tampa Bay Lightning (37-29-9, 83 points) for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. The two teams close their season series at TD Garden on April 4 (BOS: 3-1-0; TBL: 1-2-1).

* Justin Faulk (0-2-2) had his second straight multi-point game when Carolina defeated the Detroit Red Wings in the finale of a back-to-back set to extend their point streak to 12 games (8-0-4) and keep pace in the Eastern Conference wild card race. Elias notes that Carolina's 12-game point streak matches the longest such run in Hurricanes/Whalers history, equaling a mark set from Oct. 12 - Nov. 11, 2005 (11-0-1).

Video: Ward, defense stifle Red Wings in Canes' 4-1 home win

 

OVECHKIN CLIMBS LISTS WITH HAT TRICK, CAPITALS HOLD ON FOR WIN

Alex Ovechkin (3-1-4) earned his 17th NHL hat trick and T.J. Oshie (2-0-2) scored in overtime when the Washington Capitals survived a late tying goal by the Minnesota Wild to extend their point streak to seven games (6-0-1).

* The Capitals (50-17-8, 108 points) reached the 50-win mark for the second straight season and fifth time in their history to maintain a three-point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets (49-19-7, 105 points) atop the NHL standings.

* Ovechkin (558 G in 914 GP), who scored all three goals via the power play, surpassed Johnny Bucyk (555 G in 1,540 GP) and moved within two of tying Guy Lafleur (560 G in 1,126 GP) for 25th place on the NHL's all-time goals list.

* Elias notes that Ovechkin became the third player in Capitals history to score at least three power-play goals in a game, joining Chris Valentine (Feb. 27, 1982: 4 PPG) and Mike Ridley (Oct. 11, 1988: 3 PPG). In doing so, Ovechkin (212 PPG) surpassed Gordie Howe (211 PPG in 1,767 GP) and tied Keith Tkachuk (212 PPG in 1,201 GP) for 13th on the NHL's all-time power-play goals list.

Video: Ovechkin records hat trick, Oshie nets OT winner

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Sergei Bobrovsky (41 saves) earned his 41st victory of the season to extend his point streak to 12 games (10-0-2) and help the Blue Jackets (49-19-7, 105 points) keep pace in the race for the Presidents' Trophy . . . Max Pacioretty (1-1-2) scored the first of four answered goals and the Montreal Canadiens (43-24-9, 95 points) opened a four-point lead for first place in the Atlantic Division . . . Braden Holtby (26 saves) became the third goaltender in NHL history to earn three consecutive 40-win seasons, joining Martin Brodeur (2005-08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007-10) . . . Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (0-4-4) established NHL career highs for assists and points in a game, while Nicklas Backstrom (0-3-3) reached the 60-assist milestone to move within two of the League lead . . . The Red Wings' run of 25 consecutive postseason appearances officially ended. It is tied for the third-longest such run in NHL history . . . William Nylander extended his point streak to 12 games (4-10-14), equaling the longest such run by any player in 2016-17 . . . ICYMI: The NHL App debuted a new feature with team-branded app icons.

 

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern

Chicago @ Pittsburgh, 8 p.m., NBCSN, TVA Sports
Los Angeles @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SN, FS-W
Washington @ Colorado, 10 p.m., ALT, CSN-DC
St. Louis @ Arizona, 10:30 p.m., SN360, FS-A, FS-MW

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PAST TWO STANLEY CUP CHAMPS COLLIDE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY

NBCSN'S Wednesday Night Rivalry features a matchup between the past two Stanley Cup winners when the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins (46-18-11, 103 points) host the Chicago Blackhawks (48-21-7, 103 points), who won in 2015, at PPG Paints Arena. The game also includes two of the NHL's top four scorers in Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (42-40-82) -- the League's leading goal scorer -- and Chicago's Patrick Kane (34-48-82), who each sit seven points back of Edmonton's Connor McDavid (27-62-89) in the race for the Art Ross Trophy.

 

CAPITALS CONTINUE PURSUIT OF SECOND STRAIGHT PRESIDENTS' TROPHY

The League-leading Capitals (50-17-8, 108 points), winners of six straight, continue their bid for a second consecutive Presidents' Trophy -- and home ice throughout the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- when they visit the Colorado Avalanche (20-52-3, 43 points). Washington leads a group of four teams separated by five points atop the NHL standings (Columbus: 49-19-7, 105 points; Pittsburgh: 46-18-11, 103 points; and Chicago: 48-21-7, 103 points) and vie for its third-ever first-place finish (also 2009-10 and 2015-16). Two teams have won the Presidents' Trophy at least three times since it was introduced in 1985-86: the Red Wings (6) and Rangers (3).

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