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Video: Klefbom scores first Oilers playoff goal — since 2006

It had been a while.

Oscar Klefbom opened the scoring for Edmonton in Game 1 versus the San Jose Sharks, giving the Oilers — and their fans — their first playoff goal since 2006.

The last Oilers player to score a post-season goal? That would be Fernando Pisani in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, which the Oilers lost to the Hurricanes 3-1.

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Klefbom changed that, as his pass in front deflected in off a San Jose defender and through the legs of Martin Jones.

The Oilers went into the intermission with a 2-0 lead after a power play goal from Milan Lucic.

No go, Joe: Thornton (knee injury) scratched from Sharks lineup for Game 1


It appears the San Jose Sharks will be without Joe Thornton for their series opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

Thornton, who suffered a knee injury on April 4, has been listed as a scratch for the Sharks on Wednesday, per the NHL’s roster report before puck drop.

Thornton had expressed confidence that he would be ready for Game 1, but developments earlier in the week at practice suggested that he might still have to wait before making his return.

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Logan Couture is on the ice for the pre-game warm-up, per Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports California.

Check back to PHT for updates.

McDavid wins Art Ross; Crosby wins Rocket Richard Trophy


In his second NHL season, Connor McDavid captained the Edmonton Oilers to a playoff berth and clinched the Art Ross Trophy — at the age of 20.

A generational talent armed with blazing speed and terrific skills with the puck, capable of keeping up with his fast feet, McDavid was the only player in the league this season to eclipse the 90-point mark. He entered the final day of the regular season needing only two points versus the Vancouver Canucks to reach 100.

McDavid recorded his 100th point with an assist in the third period against the Canucks.

The fact no other player, including Sidney Crosby, reached 90 points just goes to show how difficult it is to attain such lofty totals during this day in age in the NHL.

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McDavid was all alone challenging for 100. He had a huge impact on the breakout season of Patrick Maroon and another solid year for Leon Draisaitl. That trio dominated the opposition at five-on-five.

Another key to McDavid’s terrific sophomore season? Unlike his time as a rookie, in which he suffered a shoulder injury that reduced his highly anticipated debut season to just 45 games, he remained healthy, playing the full 82-game schedule.

Despite the injury, he gave everyone a strong sense he was capable of really breaking out and challenging for the Art Ross against the game’s established elite in just his second year.

He delighted Oilers and hockey fans all season long with one highlight after another of spectacular goals.

“I have had the honour of being around tremendous players in my day,” said Oilers coach Todd McLellan, per the Globe and Mail. “Connor is at a high level now, and is separating himself from other guys in the league.

“He has been remarkable, really.”

Now, will his spectacular season earn him the Hart Trophy?

For the second time in his career, Sidney Crosby has captured the Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. He didn’t play in Sunday’s season finale, but finished with 44 goals, which was four better than his nearest challengers — Auston Matthews and Nikita Kucherov.

Crosby, 29, managed to achieve that goal total despite missing the first six games in October because of injury.

He finally made his season debut on Oct. 25 and immediately began ripping it up with eight goals in his first six games. He finished second to McDavid in the Art Ross race.

Video: Connor McDavid sets up Draisaitl to reach the 100-point mark


Connor McDavid has done it.

At the age of 20, and on the last day of the regular season, McDavid hit the 100-point mark for his sophomore NHL campaign, completing the feat with a set up to Leon Draisaitl in the third period of Sunday’s game versus the Vancouver Canucks.

That is also McDavid’s 70th assist.

He becomes the only player this season to reach 100 points. Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane were his closest challengers at 89 points.

Video: Bryan Bickell scores shootout goal in final NHL game


Bryan Bickell scored a shootout goal for the Carolina Hurricanes, in his final National Hockey League game.

Bickell, 31, battled back to play pro hockey again almost four months after he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis last November. He rejoined the Hurricanes earlier this month but announced this weekend that he will retire at the end of this season.

On Sunday, he was put into the shootout on the road versus the Philadelphia Flyers. He made no mistake, ripping a wrist shot and beating Anthony Stolarz glove side off the post.

It was great to see his teammates mob him in celebration afterward at the bench. The Hurricanes won 4-3 in the shootout.

Related: Video: Hurricanes fans give Bryan Bickell standing ovation after he announces retirement