Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers made one other assertion Monday.
The Winnipeg Jets, in the meantime, continued their seek for solutions.
The Oilers captain, who grew to become the primary participant to crack the 80-point plateau by means of 46 video games of a season since Mario Lemieux in 1996-97, is on tempo to document 99 factors within the league’s pandemic-shortened marketing campaign with 10 dates left on Edmonton’s schedule.
So what does chasing the century mark imply to hockey’s finest participant?
“Not a ton,” mentioned McDavid, whose group has gained 5 straight in opposition to the Jets and improved to 6-2-0 versus Winnipeg in 2021. “We wish to play good, group hockey down the stretch.
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“That is crucial factor.”
The Oilers definitely did that on this night time, embarrassing an opponent they’re going to possible see within the first spherical of the playoffs.
“You wish to depart a mark,” Leon Draisaitl mentioned after including a objective and an help. “You wish to present them that we’re able to go.”
Alex Chiasson and Darnell Nurse additionally scored for Edmonton (28-16-2), which leads Winnipeg by some extent within the standings with two video games in hand. Mike Smith made 36 saves.
‘Sky is the restrict’
Requested about McDavid, who registered the ninth hat trick of his profession, Draisaitl appeared to expire of adjectives for a teammate with 19 factors in eight outings in opposition to the Jets.
“Sky is the restrict,” mentioned Draisaitl, a distant second within the scoring race with 66 factors. “He reveals it each night time.
“Very, very particular participant.”
Draisaitl additionally had a banner night time, changing into the highest-scoring German in NHL historical past together with his 488th level to go Marco Sturm.
Mark Scheifele replied for Winnipeg (27-18-3).
Sloppy with the puck at essential moments, the Jets dropped a fourth straight recreation in regulation at Bell MTS Place, the group’s longest residence shedding streak since a five-game slide from Dec. 17, 2019, to Jan. 12, 2020.
“We really feel like we have a superb hockey group in there and that we’re not enjoying as much as our potential,” Winnipeg ahead Andrew Copp mentioned. “There isn’t any method round it. There isn’t any straightforward repair.
“You’ve got simply bought to go straight by means of the adversity and straight by means of the wall and simply dig in.”
Connor Hellebuyck allowed six objectives on 23 pictures by means of two intervals earlier than getting changed by Laurent Brossoit, who completed with seven saves in reduction.
Coming off a 4-1-0 street journey, Winnipeg started its present five-game homestand with a 3-0 loss to Edmonton on April 17 earlier than 5-3 and 4-1 losses to first-place Toronto on Thursday and Saturday. The Jets and Oilers will conclude their regular-season sequence on the identical sheet of ice Wednesday.
“We missed the gear change coming off the street,” mentioned Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice, whose group has scored simply six instances in its final 5 video games in opposition to Edmonton. “We had 4 of these pucks (on objectives in opposition to), we have to decide primarily based on the sport that’s being performed now, not the sport that was performed two weeks in the past.
“In order that gear change occurred and it is occurred with the 2 groups forward of us within the standings within the division, and tonight it blew up on us.”
Already minus centre Adam Lowry (head), Maurice introduced earlier than the sport his group might be with out 21-goal man Nikolaj Ehlers (upper-body damage) for the rest of the common season following a third-period collision Saturday with Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin.
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Taking part in simply their fourth recreation in 16 days due to COVID-19 scheduling adjustments, the Oilers took the lead with 3:38 left in a fast-paced first on a sequence that began when Draisaitl gained a battle behind Winnipeg’s web. He fed a go in entrance to Adam Larsson, who shortly discovered Chiasson to one-time his eighth objective of the season previous Hellebuyck.
The objective was Chiasson’s fourth in opposition to the Jets in 2021, and the a centesimal of his NHL profession.
Edmonton doubled its lead with 1:29 remaining within the interval on an odd-man rush after Winnipeg turned the puck over on the offensive blue line. Tyson Barrie — enjoying his 600th NHL recreation — funnelled a shot in the direction of Hellebuyck that took a deflection and landed on McDavid’s stick for him to bury his twenty sixth.
Hellebuyck stopped McDavid on a breakaway early within the second, however the Oilers captain sped down the wing later in the identical shift, faked a shot and slid the puck between the Winnipeg goaltender’s pads for his twenty seventh at 3:38.
Draisaitl then made it 4-0 at 11:40 when he scored his twenty third on a 2-on-1 with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins after Derek Forbort turned the puck over.
Scheifele, who was benched for 17 minutes of recreation motion Saturday, bought one again for the house facet on an influence play together with his nineteenth at 15:06.
However McDavid accomplished his hat trick simply 1:24 later by intercepting a Kyle Connor go and shifting in alone on Hellebuyck — the speedster had time to look over his shoulder to verify for any pursuing Jets he’d left in his mud — earlier than scoring his twenty eighth on a slick deke.
“We have performed some good hockey,” mentioned McDavid, who trails solely Leafs star Auston Matthews within the NHL objective race. “We have performed all forms of video games. I assumed our sequence in opposition to Montreal was hard-nosed, hard-hitting. Tonight we confirmed a little bit of a unique recreation.
“We’re assured, as we needs to be, shifting ahead.”