Canadiens clinch playoff berth in OT loss to Oilers


MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens clinched the final berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Bell Centre on Monday.

Connor McDavid scored on a breakaway with 2:18 remaining in overtime, but Montreal had already clinched the fourth and final berth in the Scotia North Division when it was guaranteed a point at the end of regulation after Artturi Lehkonen scored at 13:04 of the third period to tie it at 3-3.

Lehkonen and Jake Evans each had a goal and two assists, and Jake Allen made 31 saves for Montreal (24-21-10), which will make its second straight playoff appearance.

McDavid had an assist for his sixth straight multipoint game for Edmonton (34-18-2), which clinched the No. 2 seed in the North on Saturday. Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves.

Evans gave Montreal a 1-0 lead to end a personal 40-game goal drought with his first since Jan. 21 at 9:32 of the first.

James Neal scored 20 seconds later to tie it at 1-1 at 9:52.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins put Edmonton up 2-1 at 13:29. Leon Draisaitl got his 80th point with an assist on the play.

Draisaitl and McDavid became the first teammates to reach 80 points in 54 games or fewer in consecutive seasons since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

Paul Byron, who missed the previous nine games with a lower-body injury, tied it at 2-2 when he drove the net and scored on a backhand at 5:56.

McDavid, who had four points to reach 100 in his 53rd game Saturday, set up Dominik Kahun‘s goal at 9:26 of the second period to put Edmonton ahead 3-2. The Oilers captain has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) during his streak.

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