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Connor McDavid and the Edmonton

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EDMONTON Womens Alex Goligoski Jersey , Alberta (AP) —Oilers know they’ve still got an outside shot at the playoffs. And they played like a team that has its sights set on the postseason.McDavid had a goal and an assist, Leon Draisaitl had three assists and the Oilers defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Thursday night. The win kept Edmonton within five points of the Colorado Avalanche for the Western Conference’s second wild-card berth.“We’re not stopping pushing, regardless of how it looks when you look at the standings,” forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “We’re going to keep pushing, we’re going to keep picking up points and see what happens.”Nugent-Hopkins, Kyle Brodziak and Zack Kassian also scored for Edmonton, which ended a two-game skid.“We’re trying to climb back in it,” Draisaitl said, “and we just have to take it game by game and try to collect as many points as we can on this homestand and the rest of the games and see where we stand.”David Savard had the only goal for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three in a row.Columbus’ loss coupled with Montreal’s 4-0 shutout of the New York Islanders earlier in the night put the Canadiens into the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot Christian Dvorak Jersey , one point ahead of the Blue Jackets.“Now, we are out of a spot and we have to chase it down now,” Columbus forward Matt Duchene said. “We have some big games coming up and there is a lot of time left, but we need to make good on it. It has to come ASAP. We don’t have any time to mess around.”Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said the time for talk is over.“We just have to have some sort of urgency to try and get back into this, or we have no chance,” he said. “I just don’t think we understand the level that we need to play at right now.”There was no scoring in a rather sedate first period with Columbus putting four shots on Edmonton’s Mikko Koskinen and the Oilers only getting two shots on Jackets starter Joonas Korpisalo.Savard finally broke the deadlock for Columbus with 8:25 remaining in the second when he deflected Markus Nutivaara’s shot past Koskinen.Edmonton responded less than two minutes later when Brodziak picked the corner after a setup pass from Joseph Gambardella, who picked up his first NHL point.McDavid set up Kassian 45 seconds into the third period to give Edmonton its first lead. Kassian tied a career high with his 14th goal of the season.Edmonton made it 3-1 when McDavid’s shot went off the post and then bounced off of Korpisalo’s back and in for his 37th of the season, putting him one point back of single-season career-high points total of 108.Nugent-Hopkins put the game away with a late power-play goal on the only man-advantage either team had on the night.NOTES: It was the second and final meeting between the teams this season, with Edmonton winning the previous matchup 4-0 on March 2. … Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was out due to an undisclosed injury. Keith Kinkaid dressed as the backup.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: at Vancouver on Sunday.Oilers: host Ottawa on Saturday. OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Florida Panthers put coach Bob Boughner’s pregame talk into action.Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and the Panthers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night in a matchup of teams eliminated from playoff contention.Troy Brouwer , Dryden Hunt and Evgenii Dadonov also scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo made 28 saves.“I thought we played a lot harder defensively,” Boughner said. “My talk before the game was not so much about x’s and o’s, it’s about competing and winning your one-on-one battles and I thought we did a lot more of that.”In a difficult season on and off the ice, Brady Tkachuk is becoming the face of the franchise for the Senators.Tkachuk and Colin White scored for the Senators, who had their three-game home winning streak snapped. Anders Nilsson made 29 saves.Tkachuk, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft has 20 goals this season and tied a single-game franchise mark with 12 shots on goal.“Tkachuk was sensational,” interim head coach Marc Crawford said. “That’s as good a game I’ve seen from anybody, let alone a rookie, this year.”The 19-year-old Tkachuk tied Alexandre Daigle for most goals in a season by a teenager with the Senators. With 12 shots Thursday, he also tied Jason York’s single-game franchise record Youth Derek Stepan Jersey , set in 1999.“We’ve all been excited about how he’s played all year,” Crawford said. “It’s been a process for him. He’s a very bright kid who continues to learn each and every outing. There’s very few games where he doesn’t give you a total committed effort.”While Tkachuk was excited to hit the 20-goal mark, he was disappointed by the loss.“It’s nice, but at the end of the day we didn’t get the two points,” said Tkachuk.Trailing 3-1 to start the third, the Senators made it a one-goal game on Tkachuk’s 20th.Hunt and Huberdeau each scored empty-net goals to seal the win for FloridaTied 1-1 to start the second, the Panthers had a solid period and went in front 3-1.Just as in the first period, the Panthers scored an early goal in the second when Brouwer grabbed a rebound in front and backhanded a shot past Nilsson just two minutes in.Less than four minutes later, Florida made it 3-1 as Huberdeau took a great pass from captain Aleksander Barkov and beat Nilsson from close range for his 26th of the season.The teams were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes.Florida scored 30 seconds into the game when Dadonov deflected a shot by Barkov.The Senators tied the game at the 12-minute mark as White took the puck in his own end and cut through Florida’s defense, beating Luongo on the glove side.While he didn’t pick up a point Womens Jason Demers Jersey , Florida’s Brady Keeper made a significant impact in his NHL debut. The 22-year-old undrafted defenseman from the University of Maine signed with the Panthers on Monday, making him the first person from the Pimicikamak Cree Nation to make it to the NHL.Before the game, the Senators welcomed members of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities and held a ceremonial puck drop. Keeper was invited to take the faceoff in place of Barkov to commemorate the event.“It means a lot,” Keeper said of taking the faceoff. “I didn’t know that was going on, but it was pretty cool I got the chance to take the faceoff. The guys yelled at me and told me to come take the faceoff so that was pretty special.”NOTES: Ottawa center Jean-Gabriel Pageau was named as the Senators’ Masterton Trophy nominee Thursday. The award is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. … Ottawa was without Zack Smith (back) for the third straight game.UP NEXTPanthers: At Boston on Saturday.Senators: Host Toronto on Saturday.

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