McDavid hits 100 points, Eberle has hat trick and Oilers win

Starting first of back-to-back games against Oilers

The most pressing questions surround the health of Joe Thornton and Logan Couture. They lost six straight games in regulation after that and won only three of their final 13 games to fall into third place, sending them on the road to start the playoffs.

The Oilers were leading Vancouver in the third period in Sunday's other late game. They're healthy, their star Connor McDavid has been putting up points easily, and they look as good as they have all year-long.

The Sharks are the defending Western Conference champions, with savvy veterans who have been to the postseason plenty of times.

"We knew they were going to come hard", said the Canucks' Bo Horvat, who had an assist to raise his team-best points total to 52. There isn't much onus put on regular season series, though they can hold a little bit of weight.

McDavid recorded his 69th and 70th assists to go with 30 goals in 82 games as the 20-year-old Canadian forward becomes the sixth youngest player to hit 100 points behind the likes of Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and superstar Sidney Crosby. "It's been a long time since our Oiler fans have experienced playoffs and this is just one more reason to celebrate". They finished second in the division and have home ice advantage in at least the first round.

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The Oilers took the lead before the end of the first.

Unlike the power play, the Oilers and Sharks are remarkably similar when playing on the penalty kill.

The Canucks, who will miss the playoffs for second straight spring and the third time in four years, are an NHL-worst 7-22-3 since January 25, a run that has seen them tumble to 29th in the overall standings.

The Oilers regained the lead at 4:10 with Eberle snapping a shot over Bachman's shoulder. Selected with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Game 1 will be McDavid's first career playoff game.

"Especially this weekend. It's Easter weekend so we're going to be leaving Saturday and Sunday over the weekend to go down to San Jose", he said.

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An 11-year playoff drought has clearly left Oilers hockey fans hungry. There was a sense that the sting of losing would make the Sharks even hungrier to win, and it certainly seemed that way coming out of the gate.

But coach Pete DeBoer continues to insist that his top two centers are day-to-day and a decision about their statuses for Game 1 will be reached at game time. But it's clear the Oilers live and die with McDavid, who has never played in the National Hockey League playoffs where space and time seem to disappear.

The argument for the Oilers winning the Stanley Cup is a two-player conversation. "Honestly the seats themselves don't really matter it's just going to the playoffs period, that is the big accomplishment here".

The Oilers finished 12-2 in their last 14 games. So despite all of their experience, many would argue that they still "don't know how to win".

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