Edmonton Oilers advance to the 2024 Western Conference Finals

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Lisa Gansky. Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Oilers are in the National Hockey League Western Conference Finals of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs. On Monday, the Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in game seven of the second round of the playoffs. With the win, the Oilers beat the Canucks four games to three in the best out of seven series.

Two Oilers had multi-point games in game seven. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Burnaby, British Columbia and Evan Bouchard of Oakville, Ontario each had two points. Nugent-Hopkins had one goal and one assist for two points, while Bouchard had two assists. The other Oiler goal scorers were Cody Ceci of Ottawa, Ontario, and Zach Hyman of Toronto, Ontario.

By picking up two points on Monday, Bouchard made National Hockey League history. He has set the record for the most points by a defenseman over the first two rounds of a playoff series. Bouchard now has 20 points as he has five goals and 15 assists in 12 games. He also leads all players in the playoffs in plus/minus as he is a +10.

The Oilers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Monday. The Canucks regrouped with two third period goals, but it was too little too late. Next up for the Oilers on Thursday in the Western Conference Finals are the Dallas Stars.

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