October 26, 2021

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Oilers 4 – Canadian 3 | Canadian qualifies for NHL playoffs

Oilers 4 - Canadian 3 |  Canadian qualifies for NHL playoffs

(Montreal) It’s not an easy task, but Canadians have confirmed their participation in the playoffs.




Alexis Belanger-Champagne
The Canadian Press

Connor McDavid David scored 2:42 on Monday night at the Bell Center, beating the Edmonton Oilers Montreal 4-3.

Photo by Eric Bolt, USA Today Sports

Connor McDavid (97) was congratulated by his teammates after scoring the winning goal in overtime

The Canadian needed just one point to knock out the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames from the playoff race.

The trio of Jake Evans, Arthuri Lehkonen and Paul Byron, who returned after a nine-game absence, won against McDavid during control.

While Lehkonen and Evans each had one goal and two assists, Byron had one goal and one career-high 200 points to help them rise to the plateau.

The last laugh came when McDavid escaped in overtime. McDavid has one goal and one assist and has 102 points from 54 games this season.

Jake Allen stopped 31 shots in front of the Canadian Net (24-21-10), who suffered his fourth consecutive loss (0-3-1).

James Neil, Dominic Kahun and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers (34-19-2) in control. Miko Koskinen saved 25.

Alex Belgile was sidelined from the Canadian line-up and led the way to Byron. According to a report by Radio-Canada this weekend, the Hobbs played the first game in their history without a single player from Quebec.

The Canadians and Oilers will meet again at the Bell Center at 5pm on Wednesday, with Hobbs’ last game on the regular schedule.

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A point in the snatch

Evans was the first person to get a scoring opportunity after about two minutes of play. However, after Lehkonen’s long zone rejection he was initially unable to break the Byron handover.

It was only a postponement for Evans, who started scoring at 9:32. He mocked defenseman Darnell Nurse and then blocked the strings with a good shot at the top towards Mitten.

Celebrations lasted only a short time, with the Oilers responding 20 seconds later. Neil took advantage of a loose puck at the mouth of the net and found an opening between Allen’s left pad and post.

Neil came close to adding more moments later, but he got to the post.

The Oilers took a 2-1 lead at 1:29 pm in the first period. Kyler lowered the air trying to shoot from the Yamamoto slot, but Puck went to Nugent-Hopkins, who fired into the open net.

The Canadian tied it at 5:56 for the second time. This time, Byron completed a strong climb by Evans and Lehkonen to score his fifth goal of the season.

Finnish goalkeeper Bis Koskinen frustrated with moments to extend the right pad and save in a close range shot.

The Oilers regained the lead at 9:26 in the second session, Connor McDavid. He received 101 honorsE Point when he joins Kahun at the mouth of the net. Kahun turned McDavid’s delivery into a big cage.

Lehkonen equalized for a moment after 3:28 in the third period. However, the target was canceled after a dispute with the Oilers as it was offside when entering the zone.

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Josh Anderson had a chance to finish his 10-game desert crossing a minute later. The fiery Hobbs winger escaped, but his shot after a good shot gave the outside of the net.

Lehkonen returned at 13:04 and scored this time. He surprised Koskinen from a narrow angle.

At the end of the third period Dmitry Kulikov frustrated and saved Allen Point.

McDavid finally ended the overtime debate.