Oilers’ takeover of Kane pays huge dividends in playoffs


Evander Kane With the puck in the net, raindrops fell over the ice at Rogers Place on Sunday, and what seemed like a risky takeover not so long ago continued to bear fruit.

Who would have imagined this when the Edmonton Oilers signed the striker on January 27th?

Kane scored his second hat-trick in the Stanley Cup playoffs, helping the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 in Game 3 of Round 2 of the Western Conference and lead them 2-1 in a best-of-seven series. He has scored 10 goals in 10 playoff games.

“I’m happy to be part of this group,” Kane said. “I think it’s fun when you win and you want to keep that feeling for as long as possible. I’m just trying to do my part to bring what I can to this team and help us succeed.”

Video: Kane scored a natural hat-trick in a 4-1 Game 3 win.

After the San Jose Sharks terminated their contract on January 9, Kane needed a place to revive his NHL career. The Oilers needed support for the superstar. Conor McDavid And Leon DracitlA player with the speed, skill and cleverness that will help him make the most of his talents.

So far it couldn’t have been better.

Kane scored 39 points (22 goals, 17 assists) in 43 regular season matches for the Oilers this season, and is currently recording 52 points (32 points) with 13 points (10 goals, 3 assists) in 10 playoff games. He has scored in 53 games and has 20 assists).

“He’s doing pretty well,” said Oilers goalkeeper. Mike Smith said with a smile.

Game 3 of the Battle of Alberta showed the lines of Kane, McDavid and Dracitl, and Kane scored a natural hat-trick in six minutes in the second period, the 7th fastest playoff hat-trick in NHL history.

First, Kane forced a turnover from the Edmonton Zone and sent the puck to Dracital through the neutral zone, and Calgary struggled with a line change. Kane drove to the net and got a pass from Dracitl to subdue the Flame keeper. Jacob MarkstromIt gives the Oilers a 2-0 lead at 6:58.

Draisaitl then sent the puck through the neutral zone to McDavid, who diddges a defender on the Calgary Blue Line and struck with a right circle and passed a backhand pass from right to left. Kane tapped it, giving the Oilers a 3-0 lead at 7:51.

Finally, Draisaitl passed a few passes to McDavid along the walls of the Edmonton district, who quickly made a 2-1 with Kane through the neutral area. McDavid sent a saucer pass to Kane’s tape and Kane again decked Markstrom to give the Oilers a 4-0 lead at 12:58.

Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft, who came up from Bakersfield in the American Hockey League on February 10th on behalf of Dave Tippett, said: “He’s a hockey player with really good habits. I didn’t know about it. There is a reason.”

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again. Speed, skill and smart. All three of Kane’s goals came within a few feet of the net, and each was passed by one of the best in the NHL. But Kane has the ability to end those plays. Not everyone is like that.

With a lower extremity injury, Draisaitl became the first player in NHL history to score four goals during the playoffs and the fourth player in Oilers history in a playoff match. He has 19 points (7 goals and 12 assists) in 10 games and is second in the playoffs.

“He’s a really good player for our group,” Kane said. “I think he’s getting better every day and I’m seeing it in his play. I think he was great for this series and he seems to find a different level every night. He made some really, really. A good play, especially on the wall tonight.”

McDavid recorded three assists, becoming the first player in NHL history with nine multipoint games in his first ten games in the postseason. He leads the playoffs with 23 points (6 goals and 17 assists).

“He burned in the playoffs,” Kane said. “He’s taking his game to the next level. I don’t think he’s just doing it on the scoresheet. That’s what allows him to really show his skills. He is physical. He is participating. He is winning puck battles in the defensive zone along the wall and in the offensive zone. He is the dominant force there.”

Kane, McDavid and Draisaitl combined 55 points. In the last 10 playoff games, have 3 teammates combined to score more than 55 points? 1988 Euler. An eight-player union led by Wayne Gretzky (22), Mark Messier (22) and Jari Kurri (18) did just that.

“I’m playing with really good players,” Kane said. “I just want to end my chance.”

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