News – NHL – Monday May 23’s “Morning Skate”

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The stats of the night

  • The trio of Leon Draisaitl, Evander Kane and Connor McDavid propelled the Oilers into the second period and now have 55 points in Edmonton’s first 10 games in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Nikita Kucherov made his fourth four-point playoff game in his career as the Lightning took a 3-0 lead over the Panthers and advanced to the Conference Finals on Monday.
  • Igor Shesterkin improved to 11-1 in his career when he made more than 40 saves in one game (regular season and playoffs combined), his only loss being New York’s triple loss to Pittsburgh in the first round.

Madness in the 2nd period

Shortly afterAlphonso DaviesCanadian soccer star and resident of Edmonton, told Scott Oake of Hockey Night in Canada that the Oilers would win Game 3 after a scoreless second period, the trio Leon Draisaitl (0-4-4), Evander Kane (3-0-3) and Connor McDavid (0-3-3) combined for 10 points halfway through the period to give Edmonton a 2-1 lead in the “Battle of Alberta”.

  • After scoring a hat-trick in Game 3 of Round 1, Kane scored three in a row in the space of six minutes, becoming the fourth Oilers player to score multiple hat-tricks in a single season. Jari Kurric (4 in 1985), Mark Messier (3 in 1983) and Wayne Gretzky (2 in 1985, 1983 and 1981). The last player in a team to do this was Jaden Schwartz (2) with the Blues in 2019.
  • In doing so, Kane took his tally to 10-3-13 in the 2022 Stanley Cup Play-offs, passing Jake Guentzel of Pittsburgh (8 G in 7 GP) for most goals. Only four other players in the modern era of the NHL (since 1943-44) have scored 10 or more goals in their first 10 playoff games with a franchise: Maurice Richard (12 in 1944-45 with MTL), Mario Lemieux (11 in 1989 with PIT), Ray Ferraro (11 in 1993 with NYI) and Dino Ciccarelli (10 in 1989-90 with WSH).
  • McDavid (6-17-23 in 10 games) continued to produce at a record high by extending his multi-point run in the playoffs six times, a feat alone Wayne Gretzky (8 games in 1983 with EDM), Tony Currie (7 games in 1981 with STL), Darryl Sittler (7 matches in 1977 with TOR), Evgeny Malkin (6 matches in 2009 with PIT) and Dale Hawkerchuk (6 matches in 1993 with BUF) were successful.
  • The Oilers captain has found the net in all but one of the Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2022, with Game 4 of Round 1 being the only downside to his recent success. With multiple points in each of the other nine games, McDavid became the first player in NHL history to have nine multi-point feats after 10 games on the season.
  • Draisaitl assisted on all four of Edmonton’s goals midway through the period, becoming the first player in NHL history to record four assists in a playoff period. Draisaitl also became the fourth player in Oilers history to provide four assists in a post-season game, let alone in a spell, alongside Gretzky (8x), Paul Coffee (2x) and Glenn Anderson (0-5-5 in the 1987 FC Game 5).
  • The trio formed by Connor McDavid (6-17-23), Leon Draisaitl (7-12-19) and Evander Kane (10-3-13) total of 55 points in Edmonton’s first 10 games in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The last time three teammates from one team had 55 or more points in 10 games in the playoffs was with the Oilers from 1988 when eight different combinations were made. it, led by Wayne Gretzky (5-17-22), Jari Kurric (9-9-18) and Mark Messier (7-15-22), who scored 62 runs.

Kucherov present on four of the five goals

Nikita Kucherov (1-3-4) was involved in four of his team’s five goals, including both Steven Stamkos, as the Lightning extended their winning streak to five games to take a 3-0 series lead. The Lightning extended their winning streak to five games and took a 3-0 series lead. Tampa Bay can reach the final of the conference for the sixth time in eight seasons with a home victory.Amalie Arena Monday.

  • Kucherov scored his fourth playoff four-pointer in his career – the most of any active skater – to bring his Stanley Cup Playoff total to 48-94-142 (123 GP). His 48 goals in the play-offs equal those of Logan Couture for ninth among active skaters – Alex Ovechkin (72) tops the list.
  • Kucherov (4-11-15 in 10 GP) also achieved the 10 assist for the third consecutive season, becoming the first Lightning player to do so. Only two other active players have provided at least 10 assists in three or more consecutive playoff years: Sydney Crosby (3 in 2016-18 and 3 in 2008-10) and Patrick Kane (3 in 2013-15).
  • Tampa Bay is 4-0 (1,000) when leading a 3-0 series, including a 2-0 mark (1,000) when starting on the road. If they win tonight, it would only be the second time a defending Stanley Cup champion has won the presidents trophy in the playoffs (since the trophy was introduced in 1986) – Edmonton took the feat against Calgary in the 1988 Division Final en route to another win.

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