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Connor McDavid gets 100th point, Oilers top Canucks

Has two assists in playoff tuneup; Edmonton finishes second in Pacific

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Connor McDavid had two assists to reach 100 points, and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 at Rogers Place on Sunday in the season finale for each team.

The Oilers (47-26-9) finished second in the Pacific Division and will play the third-place San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It's been fun. We have a great group of guys in here. It's been a real treat to play with this group," said McDavid, who scored his 100th point when he assisted on Leon Draisaitl's goal to make it 5-1 at 1:50 of the third period."You see how the fans have rallied around us, and it makes coming to the rink and playing out there a lot of fun."

 

WATCH: All Canucks vs. Oilers highlights

 

McDavid, 20, became the youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion since Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins at 19 in 2006-07. He had 11 more points than Crosby and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet, honestly. I don't really know what to say," McDavid said. "It means so much to me. I would not be in this position if it weren't for the guys on the team, guys like Leon and [Patrick Maroon], those guys that I play with all year long. Even up and down the lineup, it's such an honor to be able to play with this group."

Jordan Eberle had a hat trick, Drake Caggiula scored, and Laurent Brossoit made 15 saves for Edmonton, which would have won its first division title in 30 years with a victory had the Anaheim Ducks lost in regulation against the Los Angeles Kings, but Anaheim won 4-3 in overtime.

The Oilers ended the regular season with three straight wins.

"Going into the last stretch of the year, the biggest thing on my mind was finishing strong so I could help the team get into a playoff position that we liked, but also moving forward to be confident heading into the playoffs," Eberle said. "But there is still a lot of work to be done here."

Video: VAN@EDM: Eberle records his second career hatty

Nikolay Goldobin and Nikita Tryamkin scored, and Richard Bachman made 39 saves for Vancouver (30-43-9), which lost its final eight games.

"We knew they were going to come hard, we knew McDavid was going to be pushing for 100 points, and I'm sure the whole team wanted to get it for him," Canucks center Bo Horvat said. "I'm sure they wanted to have a good finish to the season, going into the playoffs. They played well tonight."

Eberle scored on the power play with 1:14 left in the first period to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.

Goldobin scored two minutes into the second period to tie the game 1-1, taking a pass from Daniel Sedin and shooting it past Brossoit.

Eberle scored his second of the game at 4:10 to put Edmonton up 2-1, capitalizing on a turnover deep in the Vancouver zone.

Oilers forward Anton Slepyshev beat Bachman for an apparent goal at 14:05, but Canucks coach Willie Desjardins challenged for offside, and the goal was waved off after video review.

Caggiula scored at 14:46 on a pass from McDavid to put the Oilers up 3-1.

Eberle scored 31 seconds into the third period for his first hat trick of the season, second of his NHL career, to make it 4-1.

After Draisaitl gave the Oilers a four-goal lead, Tryamkin scored at 2:35 to make it 5-2.

Video: VAN@EDM: Tryamkin tallies off Horvat's faceoff win

 

Goal of the game

McDavid collected the puck inside the Canucks blue line, drove to the net, and slid a backhand pass to Caggiula, who beat Bachman to put the Oilers up two goals.

Video: VAN@EDM: Caggiula cashes in on McDavid's perfect feed

 

Save of the game

Bachman stopped McDavid on a breakaway with 3:26 left in the first period.

Video: VAN@EDM: Bachman stones McDavid's crafty break

 

Unsung performance of the game

Milan Lucic had a plus-1 rating, five shots on goal and two hits in 16:37.

 

Highlight of the game

McDavid scored his 100th point when he led a 3-on-2 rush and passed from above the right faceoff circle to the top of left circle for Draisaitl, who beat Bachman through the five-hole for his 29th goal.

Video: VAN@EDM: Draisaitl pots McDavid's 100th point

 

They said it

"The last couple of games when you clinch, sometimes it's tough to motivate yourself to get those last points in, but we played for home-ice advantage and we've played really good here, at Rogers Place, so we want to keep going here." -- Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom

 

"It's a little bit tougher in the playoffs, but from what I've seen from him, he's going to handle it more than fine. It's a good team over there, they play well, move the puck well, so hopefully they'll have a lot of success because it's a fun team to watch." -- Canucks captain Henrik Sedin on Connor McDavid and the Oilers

 

"The excitement when he got that 100th point, the bench, to a man, players, coaches, training staff, anybody around the bench, was immense. We're proud of him. We're glad to have him." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on McDavid getting his 100th point of the season

 

Video: VAN@EDM: Goldobin finishes D. Sedin's backhanded dish

 

Need to know

McDavid finished the regular season on a 14-game point streak (seven goals, 18 assists). It was the longest point streak in the NHL this season. … With his goal and assist, Draisaitl finished eighth in NHL scoring with 77 points (29 goals, 48 assists) … The Oilers have played the Sharks once in the postseason, winning a Western Conference semifinal series in six games in 2006.

 

What's next

Canucks: Season over

Oilers: Host Game 1 of Western Conference First Round against San Jose Sharks on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, USA)

 

Video: McDavid hits 100 points in 5-2 Oilers win

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