Oilers clinch spot with win over Canucks

In Vancouver, Connor McDavid scored twice and added two assists to reach 91 points on the season, on Monday night, in a 5-3 win 0ver the Canucks.

“I’m trying to play the best that I can and make sure my game is where it needs to be heading into the playoffs,” McDavid said. “It’s a number. If I get [100 points], great, if not, it’s not the end of the world either. The most important thing is making sure our team is gearing up for the playoffs and [firing] on all cylinders when we get there.”

Mikko Koskinen made 20 saves to get the win.

The win clinched a playoff spot for the Oilers.

“It’s the first step. We’ve given ourselves a chance at it now,” Edmonton’s Tyson Barrie said. “It’s nice to get that ‘X’ next to your name and kind of get that out of the way. Now we’ve got a shot to win the Stanley Cup.”

JT Miller had a goal and two points for the Canucks.

“We’re not playing bad; we’re doing good things, but we need to do more if we want to win against these teams in the playoffs,” Miller said. “They’re playoff-ready. These games are hard. We take a lot of pride in playing well, competing in these games, and we had our looks. We had our chances, but just a couple mistakes obviously cost us.”

The Oilers took an early first period lead off a goal from Jesse Puljujarvi.

The Canucks responded with a quick second period goal from Nate Schmidt, but Barrie and McDavid scored to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead.

“Against a team like this, especially against a line like that that’s going really well, turnovers will kill you,” Schmidt said. “Give good players time and space, they’re going to make plays.”

Miller scored in the middle frame and Dominik Kahun pushed the lead back to two goals at 4-2.

Brock Boeser scored late in the third period to get Vancouver within 4-3, McDavid scored into an empty net.

“It’s been impressive to watch this year and fun to be a part of,” Barrie said.

Braden Holtby made 27 saves in the loss.

“Against a team like this, especially against a line like that that’s going really well, turnovers will kill you,” Schmidt said. “Give good players time and space, they’re going to make plays.”