Oilers force a seventh game in 2024 Western Conference semifinals

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Brian Murphy, All-Pro Reels, Wikimedia Commons)

The Edmonton Oilers have forced a seventh and deciding game in the 2024 National Hockey League Western Conference semifinals. On Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, the Oilers clobbered the Vancouver Canucks 5-1 to tie the best out of seven series at three games apiece.

Three Canadians had three-point games for the Oilers. Defenseman Evan Bouchard of Oakville, Ontario and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had one goal and two assists for three points, while Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario had three assists. One more Oiler had a multi-point game. That was Leon Draisaitl. The other three Oilers who scored a goal were Dylan Holloway of Calgary, Alberta, Zach Hyman of Toronto, Ontario, and Evander Kane of Vancouver, British Columbia.

This was a bounce back game for Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner of Edmonton, Alberta. After not playing in games four and five in the series because of poor play in games one and three of the series, Skinner was back in net on Saturday, and made 14 saves on 15 shots.

Game seven will be back in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday night. The winner will play the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final. The New York Rangers will play the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference Final.

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