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McDavid is third-youngest to win Art Ross Trophy

McDavid is third-youngest to win Art Ross Trophy

There is nothing more satisfying to me than when a player comes in with sky-high, borderline unrealistic expectations-and then surpasses them.

Connor McDavid became the only National Hockey League player to hit the 100-point mark for the season in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.

"There wasn't a lot of people that predicted that coming into the year", Letestu said. "As we win, as we continue to reach these different levels, there are new possibilities". He has done his part and more to help the Edmonton Oilers make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in more than 10 years.

Edmonton: Connor McDavid, the Hart Trophy favorite as league MVP, finished at the top of the NHL's scoring list with 100 points.

"He's been wonderful for us all season and something we could do for him was to look for him here and there", said Draisaitl.

Goalie advantage: San Jose's Martin Jones and Edmonton Cam Talbot taken such similar career paths.

The Oilers are the main show in town and ticket demand reflects that, Mason said.

Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler (23) puts pressure on Edmonton Oilers' Jordan Eberle (14) during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday April 9, 2017. They've made it to the postseason the in 12 of the last 13 seasons.

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Connor McDavid enters Sunday's game with 98 points, and has all but wrapped up the Art Ross Trophy, which goes to the NHL's scoring leader.

McDavid's 30-goal, 70-point effort over the full 82 game schedule he started was also enough to secure him the distinction of having produced the most points-per-game, with a 1.22 mark. You're gonna get some of those jokes tonight, because I watched and analyzed nearly 40 games this season. Lucic's initial shot was stopped by Miller, but Pakarinen buried the rebound for his second.

Edler scored for Vancouver with Miller on the bench for an extra attacker with 40.3 seconds left in regulation. Anaheim won the game 4-3 in overtime.

Nate Thompson scored his first goal of the season to tie it with 8:26 to play to set the stage for Theodore's game victor for the Ducks who clinched their fifth consecutive Pacific Division crown. If Edmonton is going to win the Cup it will be because McDavid proves he is the best player in the world.

"It's hard not to think about that", Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said of his job security. "The way the coach says, you're going one way or the other, there's no staying in-between". I can't control that.

"We're putting in our best effort every game", he said. They're both former backups who got to learn from some great ones (for Jones, it was Jonathan Quick with the Los Angeles Kings; for Talbot, Henrik Lundqvist with the New York Rangers) before blossoming on their own as No. 1 workhorses. They won the Stanley Cup that season, by the way.

Another factor is Oilers coach Todd McLellan and assistants Jay Woodcroft and Jim Johnson. Desjardins said he would leave it up to Miller whether he started or if Richard Bachman got the nod. SAP Center, aka the Shark Tank, is an intimidating place for visiting teams, so spiriting away home ice was no small thing for an Oilers team that is playing its first playoff game in 11 years. The Boston Bruins have the same point total, but their regular season is over.


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