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FUTURE WATCH: Bouchard and Samorukov set for Game 7 showdown

Guelph grabs third straight win over London to force deciding game in OHL playoff series

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Storm are surging in their OHL second-round playoff series as Guelph, featuring Oilers prospect Dmitri Samorukov, has won three in a row against the London Knights, featuring 2018 first-rounder Evan Bouchard, to force a Game 7.

After the Knights marched to victories in the first three matchups of the series, the Storm stayed alive on three separate occasions including Saturday night's 5-3 decision at Sleeman Centre in Guelph to force a deciding game coming up on Tuesday in London.

Samorukov was held off the scoresheet in the win but the blueliner was +2 on the night. He's tied for the team lead in scoring among Storm defenders during the 2019 post-season with three goals and six assists in 10 games.

Bouchard, meanwhile, picked up a power-play assist for the Knights in the loss and is still leading the entire OHL in playoff scoring with four goals and 16 assists in 10 games.

Elsewhere in OHL playoff action on Saturday, the Oshawa Generals won their third straight game over the Niagara IceDogs 3-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. They could advance to the next round with a win in Game 6 on Monday.

A bright spot for the IceDogs was Oilers forward prospect Kirill Maksimov making his 2019 playoff debut after missing their first nine games with an injury. Maksimov scored 40 goals and 39 assists in 63 games during the regular season.

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BLOG: Connor confident "we're going to get it right"

Oilers captain highlights depth scoring as key area for improvement

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers captain Connor McDavid is balancing frustration with confidence as he looks back on 2018-19 and ahead to what will be an important off-season for the team.

"I'd be a complete loser if I wasn't frustrated," he said on Sunday morning. "It's frustrating personally and it's frustrating as a group. We want to be in the playoffs. We want to be competing late in the season. That's not where we're at, so we've got some stuff to figure out… That's simply the facts and we're going to get it right."

McDavid said he and Oilers CEO/Vice Chair Bob Nicholson have chatted briefly about the organization's plans moving forward with a GM search, NHL Draft and free agency on the horizon.

"My message is let's get this right, let's fix this," McDavid said. "It doesn't matter what has to happen, let's just get this right. That's all."

Video: RAW | McDavid 04.07.19

The captain specifically referenced depth scoring as an area of improvement with only he (41), Leon Draisaitl (50), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (28), Alex Chiasson (22), Zack Kassian (15) and Darnell Nurse (10) hitting double-digit goals.

"We have a lot of high-end skill and we have some really good depth players as well, guys that fill roles and whatnot," McDavid said. "If you look around the league, every team has guys that score 30 to 40 goals. But it's the middle of the pack where guys have 15, 12, 10 goals type of stuff. I'm not putting that on other people, but if you want to be successful in this league, your whole lineup has to be dangerous."

McDavid also made it clear he will be one of those dangerous players in Orange & Blue for many years to come.

"I want to be here," he said. "If I didn't want to be here, I wouldn't have signed an eight-year deal. I love the guys and the city. There's obviously going to be changes both on and off the ice, that's just the facts of it, but I'm here to be part of the solution and that's that."

The captain's immediate focus will be recovering from the to-be-determined leg injury he suffered during Saturday's season finale and he'll slowly begin to set his sights on the 2019-20 campaign.

"We have a lot of stuff that we need to figure out," he said. "Can I comment on next year? I really can't. But obviously we're hopeful. I want to play in the playoffs, so that's the bottom line."

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BLOG: "Fairly positive" early indications on McDavid injury

"It seems to be fairly positive right now. I'm going to go for an MRI in a little bit here and figure out more," said Oilers Captain Connor McDavid

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Connor McDavid entered the Oilers Hall of Fame room at Rogers Place on Sunday morning for his end-of-season media availability with a smile on his face and without the support of crutches.

It was a stark contrast to roughly 14 hours earlier when the captain's left leg collided viciously with the goalpost at Scotiabank Saddledome on a play where he was clocked skating at 42 kilometres per hour by the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.

"I was just worried to stand up, I thought my leg was going to give away," McDavid said of the pile-up with Flames defenceman and fellow captain Mark Giordano that left him lying next to the end boards, clutching his injured appendage.

"If I'm being completely honest, I thought my leg was in two pieces when I was sitting on the ice. Thankfully the bone is OK and thankfully I was able to get up and with a lot of help I was able to get off."

McDavid exited the game and immediately had X-rays at the Saddledome, which came back negative. His MRI to further examine the extent of the injury was scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

"I had X-rays and we tested the ligaments in the knee as best we could," he said. "It seems to be fairly positive right now. I'm going to go for an MRI in a little bit here and figure out more."

Video: RAW | McDavid 04.07.19

McDavid said he doesn't fault Giordano for the collision, saying the potential Norris Trophy winner was simply "trying to make a play on the puck". He added Giordano found him after the game to apologize for the incident and wish him well.

One of the greatest strengths of the two-time defending Art Ross and Ted Lindsay award-winner's game is his ability to blow past defenders with his other-worldly speed and slash to the net for scoring opportunities. Despite last night's scare, he said he has absolutely no intention of changing his arsenal.

"They pay me $100 million to play my game," McDavid laughed. "Part of my game is beating guys wide and going to the net. I'll have to give my money back if I stop doing that, so I'm not doing that."

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GAME STORY: Blues 7, Oilers 2

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied a career high in goals with his 24th of the year in the Oilers 7-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

ST. LOUIS, MO - Three goals from Jaden Schwartz and two from David Perron powered the St. Louis Blues to a 7-2 victory over the Oilers on Tuesday at Enterprise Center.

Alex Pietrangelo and Patrick Maroon also scored for St. Louis, while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian tallied for the Oilers in the high-scoring defeat.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at STL 03.19.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Blues

Oilers wrap up a three-game road trip against the St. Louis Blues

by Ryan Frankson and Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers complete their three-game road trip with a game against the St. Louis Blues. 

You can watch the game across Canada on Sportnet One, East, Pacific and Ontario or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at STL 03.19.19

Read the full game preview below and check back for our Morning Skate Report, lineup updates, videos and more. 

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GAME STORY: Golden Knights 6, Oilers 3

Connor McDavid extended his multi-point streak to eight games and Leon Draisaitl scored his 43rd of the year but the Oilers dropped a 6-3 decision to the Vegas Golden Knights

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

LAS VEGAS, NV - The Oilers were unable to secure the weekend road sweep on Sunday as they were defeated 6-3 by the Vegas Golden Knights.

One night after posting a 3-2 overtime victory in Arizona, the Oilers battled back multiple times against Vegas but eventually bowed out to the defending Western Conference champs, snapping a four-game road winning streak.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at VGK 03.17.19

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PRE-GAME REPORT: Oilers at Golden Knights

Oilers continue their three-game road trip with a game against the Vegas Golden Knights

by Ryan Frankson and Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers play their second game in as many nights and second game of this road trip tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights.

You can watch the game on Sportsnet West or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Read the game preview below and check back for our Pre-Game Report, lineup updates, videos and more. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at VGK

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GAME STORY: Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)

Connor McDavid nets two goals, including the overtime winner, to lift the Oilers past the Coyotes 3-2

by Ryan Frankson / EdmontonOilers.com

GLENDALE, AZ - Connor McDavid scored the game-winning goal 58 seconds into overtime as the Oilers squeaked out a 3-2 sudden-death victory over the Arizona Coyotes to open their three-game road trip.

Edmonton's captain finished the night with a pair of tallies and an assist to lead his team to an important two points as they cling to their post-season aspirations in the Western Conference wildcard race.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at ARI 03.16.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Coyotes

Oilers open a three-game road trip tonight in Glendale against the Arizona Coyotes

by Ryan Frankson and Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers kick off a three-game road trip tonight against the Arizona Coyotes looking to narrow their gap in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

You can watch the game across Canada on CBC, City TV and Sportsnet or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Read the game preview below and check back throughout the day for lineup updates, our Morning Skate Report, videos and more. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | Pre-Game at ARI 03.16.19

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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers at Islanders

Oilers wrap up three-game road trip with a game against the Islanders

by Ryan Frankson and Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers three-game road trip concludes tonight with a game in Brooklyn against the New York Islanders. 

You can watch the game across Canada on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet Pacific or listen on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. 

Read the game preview below and check back for our Pre-Game Report, lineup updates, videos and more. 

Video: OILERS TODAY | Busy 24 Hours

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