Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hits 100 points as Edmonton Oilers down Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins earned his 100th point of the season as the Edmonton Oilers scored a 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night.

“Obviously they had their goalie out and Connor picked it up and I kind of saw him scan the ice looking for me,” Nugent-Hopkins said after the game. “Happy it went in, but definitely just happy that we got the win tonight. It was a hard fought battle.”

The Oilers have won six straight and are 11-0-1 in their last twelve games.

The Oilers had the best chance of the first period right before time expired.

Derek Ryan sent Darnell Nurse in for a shorthanded chance, but Lukas Dostal came up with a pad save.

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Klim Kostin produced the game’s first goal halfway through the second. He took a fed from Mattias Janmark and slammed home his eleventh of the season.

Kostin played set-up man three minutes later, getting the puck in front to Nick Bjugstad, who chipped in his 17th.

Troy Terry beat Jack Campbell up high five minutes into the third to narrow the Oilers advantage to 2-1.

Late in the third, Nugent-Hopkins passed to Connor McDavid, who slid a pass to Zach Hyman for an empty net goal.

It’s the just the the 14th in NHL history that a team has had three 100-point players in the same season. McDavid has 148 points while Leon Draisaitl has 123.

Campbell made 27 saves to improve to 27-14-5.

“His teammates are super excited that he’s found some success here these last two games, and they’re doing things to try and make sure to limit shots and play the game the right way and not take unnecessary chances, that type of thing,” Oilers Head Coach Jay Woodcroft said. “But for Jack to give up one goal in his last two games, that’s a credit to him and all the work that he’s putting in. Happy for him.”

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“We wanna get home ice and it’s import in the playoffs, so it definitely motivates us to finish the last few games here strong,” Campbell said.

The Oilers, 47-23-9, are one point behind Vegas for first in the Pacific Division. Next up are the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. (630 CHED Face-off Show at 12:30 p.m., game at 2 p.m.)

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