LOS ANGELES (AP) – Conor McDavid hit a career high with his 42nd goal and became the seventh player in NHL history to record as many point streaks for at least 15 games in a season as the streaking Edmonton Oilers beat Los Angeles. Beat Kings 3-2. on Thursday night.
McDavid, who also had an assistant, remained the league’s top scorer with 109 points. He also scored a career-best six straight games, the longest run by an Edmonton player since Jimmy Carson scored seven consecutive goals during the 1988–89 season.
“All I can tell you is that all the offensive numbers you see out there are amazing,” coach Jay Woodcroft said. “He’s leading us on with his offense, but he’s driving it on the defensive side of things with great attention to detail.
“When your captain does that and when the leading scorer in the National Hockey League commits to playing like this, I think it resonates with the rest of the group and becomes an infectious kind of attitude.”
Ivan Bouchard had his first three-point play in the NHL with one goal and two assists for the Oilers, who have won six straight to take a three-point lead over the Kings for second place in the Pacific Division.
The Oilers won three out of four meetings against the Kings in what could be a potential first-round series. Edmonton will currently have the advantage of home ice, but that’s the farthest thing from Woodcroft’s mind.
“We are going to rest and our focus is not on the advantage of home ice,” he said. “It’s not on what the other teams in the Western Conference did. It’s on day business and I believe that if we do the work necessary and we have the right focus that results in a home ice advantage, then like that All things take care of themselves.
Edmonton’s Warren Foegele also scored and Mike Smith blocked 30 shots. Smith has started 6-0-1 in his last seven.
The Oilers beat their opponents 27-13 during their winning streak.
“It’s our big focus to get to the playoffs. You have to be really solid defensively,” Bouchard said. “It helps when our goalkeepers are sitting on their heads and that’s what they’ve been doing for us lately. It’s really paying off for everyone. ,
Trevor Moore had one goal and one assist for Los Angeles, who have dropped two straights and four in their last six. Viktor Arvidsson also scored, and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves.
“There are some preventable moments in tonight’s game. First, the terrifying line change on our part. We were skating right by arguably the best player in the world, and he was going 100 mph, so that’s why We don’t get help,” said coach Todd McClellan.
McDavid wasted no time getting on the scoresheet. At 3:17 of the first period, he had a snap shot from inside the left faceoff circle that beat Quick to his short side. McDavid is the first player since Wayne Gretzky in 1990–91 to have at least a two-point streak for at least 15 games in a season.
Gretzky performed it seven times, while Mike Bossi, Marcel Dion, Guy LaFleur, Dennis Savard and Bobby Orr were among others. McDavid has 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) during the current streak.
Moore leveled it at 1-all 2:29 in seconds on a short-handed goal. Foegele gave the Oilers the lead back at 15:26 when he overtook Quick on an odd-man rush.
Bouchard took the advantage of two goals with a slap shot at 4:01 in third place. Arvidson with a wrist shot through traffic took the Kings back to within a goal at the seven-minute mark.
Oilers: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Kings: Begin a three-game road trip against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
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