NHL: Another offensive feast for McDavid, Hyman and Draisaitl against the Sabers

The Edmonton Oilers’ offensive power was highlighted in an 8-3 dominance at the expense of the Buffalo Sabers on Thursday night.

Connor McDavid added four assists to bring his point total to 112 points in 65 games. Mattias Ekholm scored two nice goals along with an assist, Zach Hyman scored his 47th and 48th goals of the season and Leon Draisaitl contributed a goal and two assists.

Newcomer to Edmonton, Troy Stecher, opened his account with the Oilers by being an accomplice to Darnell Nurse’s goal.

Ryan McLeod and Connor Brown, who scored only his second goal of the season, were the other scorers.

The score may suggest an easy win for the Oilers, but they still had to overcome an 0-2 deficit and then a 2-3 deficit later in the game.

Team Alberta scored five goals in the third period to win. He is 9-1-2 in his last 12 games.

Edmonton now has 88 points on the season with a record of 42-21-4. They finish their four-game home series with a 3-0-1 record and now begin a three-game road series beginning against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

JJ Peterka scored two goals in a losing cause to bring his goal total to 23 this season. Victor Olofsson was the Sabres’ other scorer.

Stuart Skinner finished the night’s work with 26 saves. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen stopped 31 pucks.

Kucherov continues to be brilliant with four assists

Nikita Kucherov had four assists and Brayden Point scored two goals in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

Kucherov, the NHL’s leading scorer, now has 122 points, five more than his closest pursuer, Nathan MacKinnon.

He has accumulated 15 points in his last four games.

Point scored his 39th and 40th goals, reaching the 40-goal mark for the third time in his career. He also received some help.

For his part, Anthony Duclair reached 20 goals for the fourth time by scoring his fourth goal in five games with the Lightning shirt.

Nicholas Paul was the Lightning’s other scorer, opening the scoring with his 19th.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 21 shots for the Lightning, who have won their last five games to cement their place as the top drafted team in the East.

William Eklund scored his 11th goal of the season and MacKenzie Blackwood gave up four times on 21 shots for the Sharks, defeated for the sixth straight game.

Vegas has the last word in its fortress

Keegan Kolesar broke a 1-1 tie with 1:20 left in the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Seattle Kraken 3-1.

Brayden McNabb had two assists and Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson each scored a goal for Las Vegas.

Jaden Schwartz was the only scorer for the Kraken, which has lost its last six games.

Eichel opened the scoring with his 22 midway through the first, Schwartz tied the game with 6:31 left, Kolesar put Vegas back in front with his sixth five minutes later and Stephenson completed the empty-net scoring with 12 seconds left. final.

Logan Thompson made 21 saves in the win.

His counterpart Philipp Grubauer repelled 34 shots.

The Golden Knights have a four-point lead over the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference. They occupy the last place that gives access to the playoffs.

Dostal signs his first shutout

Lukas Dostal made 29 saves for his first National Hockey League shutout and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 to snap a seven-game losing streak.

Dostal became the third rookie in Ducks history to record a shutout after John Gibson (six) and Ilya Bryzgalov (one).

Alex Killorn scored a double in the victory. Frank Vatrano scored his 30th goal by hitting the target during a five-on-three sequence. He is the second undrafted player to get on the board with the Ducks, after Andy McDonald.

Brett Leason was the Ducks’ other scorer.

Arvid Soderblom made 21 saves for the Blackhawks, who suffered their third loss in four games.

Leo Carlsson, the second pick in the 2022 NHL draft, did not return to the game after contact with Alex Vlasic in the second period.

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