Evander Kane’s hat trick lifts Oilers past Kraken 6-4
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SEATTLE (AP) — Evander Kane recorded his second hat trick of the season and the Edmonton Oilers gained some cushion in the Western Conference playoff chase with a 6-4 win over the Seattle Kraken on Saturday.
Kane capped the sixth three-goal game of his career by scoring on an odd-man rush with 9:40 remaining just after a power play for Seattle ended. Kane also scored Edmonton’s first goal less than two minutes into the game, and his second goal came 43 seconds into the second period.
Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists, giving him 134 points for the season — the seventh-most points by any player in the past 30 years. McDavid scored his 58th goal of the season on a power play with 3:50 remaining.
The victory moved Edmonton three points ahead of Seattle for the final automatic playoff spot from the Pacific Division. Edmonton has one less game remaining than Seattle, but the Oilers gained the upper hand in the final matchup of the regular season between the teams.
Zach Hyman scored his 30th of the season, Kailer Yamamoto added his ninth and Leon Draisaitl had three assists, giving him 104 points on the season. Mattias Ekholm also chipped in with three assists. Stuart Skinner made 33 saves for Edmonton.
Jaden Schwartz, Jordan Eberle, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Eeli Tolvanen all scored for Seattle, but the Kraken lost for the sixth time in their past seven home games. Vince Dunn extended his points streak to 12 games when he assisted on Seattle’s first goal that was tipped in by Schwartz. The goal was originally credited to Dunn, but later changed to Schwartz.
Seattle’s Philipp Grubauer made seven saves, but left with 13:30 left in the second period and immediately went down the tunnel to Seattle’s locker room. Martin Jones replaced Grubauer and the first shot he faced found the back of the net when Hyman collected a pass from McDavid and flicked a wrist shot over Jones’ blocker.
Seattle announced Grubauer left due to a non-COVID illness. Jones made 10 saves.
Kane had his first game with multiple goals since returning from wrist surgery after suffering a cut on the wrist by a skate blade Nov. 8 at Tampa Bay. He missed 31 games recovering from the surgery and had scored five goals in the 14 games played since he returned. … Seattle F John Hayden went limping to the locker room with 7:45 left in the second period after a fight with Klim Kostin. Hayden fell awkwardly on his right leg during the fight. He did not return.
Oilers: Host San Jose on Monday.
Kraken: At Dallas on Tuesday.
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