Canadiens needed just one point to make it to the playoffs, but it wasn’t an easy task. Connor McDavid scored 2:42 minutes in the overtime, and Edmonton Oilers beat Montreal 4-3 on Monday night.
However, the Canadiens secured a single point, eliminating Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames in the playoff race. Jake Evans, Artturi Lehkonen, and Paul Byron scored for Canadiens and held a draw in the regulation time.
Habs goalie Jake Allen stopped 31 shots in front of the net, the Canadiens suffered their fourth consecutive loss. Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves for the Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, James Neal, and Dominik Kahun scored for Oiler in the regulation time.
Evan scored 9:32 minutes in the first half, he taunted defenseman Darnell Nurse and then he had an opportunity to hit a good shot. Oilers responded 20 seconds later.
Habs and Oilers are scheduled to meet on Wednesday again at the Bell Centre at 5 p.m. Just 13:29 minutes in the first period, Oiler leads 2-1, Nugent-Hopkin scored the second goal after Kailer Yamamoto splinted a slot toward him.
Just 5:56 minutes in the second period, Habs tied 2-2-, Bryon completed a nice build-up coordinated by Evans and Lehkonen. Oilers regained their lead at 9:26 minutes in the second period. 3:28 in the third period, Lehkonen tied the game again, however, the goal was waved off. Lehkonen came back again 13:04 into the third period, this time around, the goal counted.