EDMONTON, Alberta Connor McDavid needs some time to think about his most recent accomplishment.
McDavid had a pair of assists and ended the season with 30 goals and 70 assists in 82 games. He is the only player to reach 100 points this season. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Chicago’s Patrick Kane tied for second with 89 apiece.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” McDavid said of winning the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer.
“It was a stressful time down the stretch with (teammate Leon Draisaitl) battling to be in the top 10 (in scoring) and my battling for the Art Ross. We tried to have as much fun with it as we can and we were both successful, and that’s good.”
Edmonton will open the playoffs at home against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.
“It will be very exciting,” Draisaitl said. “The crowd is going to be buzzing and loud. Everyone in this city is excited and so are we. We are looking forward to this and I think it is going to be a very fun series.”
Drake Caggiula and Draisaitl also scored for the red hot Oilers, who have won 12 of their last 14 games and nine in a row on home ice.
Nikolay Goldobin and Nikita Tryamkin scored for the Canucks, who lost their final eight games and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Canucks forward Bo Horvat said they knew it was going to be a challenge with the Oilers looking to go into the playoffs on a roll.
“We knew McDavid was going to be pushing for 100 points and I’m sure the whole team wanted to get it for him,” he said. “I’m sure they wanted to have a good finish to the season, going into the playoffs. They played well tonight.”
The Canucks tied it up two minutes into the second as Goldobin batted Daniel Sedin’s pass out of the air and into the net past goalie Laurent Brossoit.
The Oilers regained the lead a couple of minutes later when Eberle picked off a pass and beat Bachman up high.
Shortly after Anton Slepyshev’s goal was disallowed upon review for an offside call with six minutes left in the second, the Oilers made up for it when McDavid extended his point streak to 14 games by setting up Caggiula on a rush to make it 3 1.
Eberle got his hat trick goal, and 20th of the season, just 31 seconds into the third period, converting on a spin around feed from Ryan Nugent Hopkins.
McDavid hit the 100 point mark on the Oilers’ fifth goal just over a minute later, setting up Draisaitl’s 29th of the year.
Vancouver got a goal back from Tryamkin to close out the scoring.
McDavid officially won the league scoring title and became the first player to capture the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer in his second season since Sidney Crosby did it in 2006 2007. . The Canucks cheap kids jerseys
finished second to last in the NHL, only beating out the Colorado Avalanche. . Among the pre playoff scratches for the Oilers were Patrick Maroon, Mark Letestu and Darnell Nurse. Cam Talbot also got a rest in net.