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Oilers and Canucks to meet in decisive Game 7 as Stars await WCF opponent

EDMONTON, Alberta – Evan Bouchard and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and two assists, Connor McDavid added three assists and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 on Saturday night to avoid elimination and force a decider seventh game in his second. -Round playoff series.

Dylan Holloway, Zach Hyman and Evander Kane also scored for the Oilers, and Stuart Skinner stopped 14 shots.

Nils Hoglander scored for Vancouver, which is trying to reach the Western Conference final for the first time since 2011. Arturs Silovs finished with 22 saves.

Game 7 will be played Monday night in Vancouver with the winner advancing to face the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference finals.

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Edmonton started the scoring at 8:18 of the first period when Leon Draisaitl gave it to Holloway and he danced through the defense before putting it between Silovs’ legs for his third of the playoffs. Draisaitl has scored at least one point in all 11 playoff games this season.

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Less than two minutes later, the Canucks tied the score when Elias Pettersson sent a pass from behind the net to Hoglander, who scored his first of the playoffs past Skinner just after the midpoint of the period.

The Oilers appeared to have scored with 1 second left in the first on a shot by Bouchard, but the goal was disallowed due to McDavid making incidental contact with Silovs.

Shots were just 4-4 for the first 20 minutes.

Edmonton went ahead for good at 7:14 of the second when McDavid spotted Hyman in the slot and his shot deflected and bounced over Silovs and into the Vancouver net for his 10th of the playoffs. McDavid came into the game having recorded just one assist in his previous three games combined.

McDavid picked up another assist with 8:40 left in the second when Bouchard scored his fifth goal and 17th point of the postseason on a long shot from the point. The Oilers captain became just the 10th player in NHL history to record 20 playoff points in three consecutive seasons with his second assist.

Edmonton outscored Vancouver 14-5 in the second.

The Oilers made it 4-1 just 3:25 into the third period when McDavid picked up his third assist, sending a backhand pass to the hard-hitting Nugent-Hopkins, who scored his third of the playoffs.

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Edmonton closed out the game with just under 7 minutes left when the tie came back to Kane and he unleashed a wicked wrist shot for his fourth of the postseason.

Skinner returned to goal for the Oilers after Calvin Pickard started the last two games.

Draisaitl became just the fourth player in NHL history to record 60 assists in 60 playoff games and the third in league history to reach 100 points, behind Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.

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