Oilers clinch playoff berth, McDavid at 91 points in win against Canucks


VANCOUVER — The Edmonton Oilers clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Connor McDavid scored four points in a 5-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday.

McDavid had two goals and two assists and leads the NHL with 91 points (31 goals, 60 assists) in 50 games. He is on pace to score 101 points this season and has scored three or more points in six of his past seven games. McDavid is the third player in NHL history with 30 goals and 60 assists in 50 games or fewer, joining Wayne Gretzky (nine times) and Mario Lemieux (five times).

Jesse Puljujarvi had a goal and an assist and Mikko Koskinen made 20 saves for the Oilers (31-17-2), who have won four of their past five games. It’s the second time they’ve clinched a playoff berth since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2006.

J.T. Miller has a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby made 27 saves for the Canucks (19-24-3), who have lost five in a row.

It was the first of four straight games between the teams. They play again here Tuesday, then in Edmonton on Thursday and Saturday.

Puljujarvi gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 3:41 of the first period after a pass from McDavid.

Nate Schmidt tied it 1-1 at 13:04, but Tyson Barrie put Edmonton ahead 18 seconds into the second period to make it 2-1.

McDavid made it 3-1 on a solo rush at 16:35 after a turnover in the neutral zone.

Miller scored on a breakaway to make it 3-2 at 17:16, but Dominik Kahun converted a cross-ice pass off the rush with 45 seconds left in the second period to give the Oilers a 4-2 lead.

Brock Boeser scored at 16:33 of the third with Holtby pulled for an extra attacker to make it 4-3, but McDavid scored into an empty net with one minute left for the 5-3 final.

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