Oakville’s Bouchard sets NHL record in Edmonton win over Florida

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Published June 19, 2024 at 4:12 pm

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Edmonton Oilers blueliner and Oakville native Evan Bouchard recorded three assists in a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers to find his way into the NHL record books. NHL.COM PHOTO

Oakville’s Evan Bouchard is on quite a run in the Stanley Cup playoffs and it has taken him right into the NHL record books.

The Edmonton Oilers blueliner recorded three assists in a 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on Tuesday night (June 18) to set a new league record for assists by a defenceman in a single playoff run.

Bouchard now has 26 assists, surpassing the record of 25 set by former Oilers star and current assistant coach Paul Coffey during the 1984-85 NHL playoffs.

The Oakville native also surpassed Al MacInnis, who had 24 assists in the 1988-89 Stanley Cup playoffs, and Brian Leetch, who had 23 in 1993-94.

Bouchard has six goals and 26 assists for 32 points in 23 playoff games.

The record-breaking helper came on a power-play goal midway through the second period by Corey Perry.

In his own end, Bouchard gave the puck back to Connor McDavid who took it up the ice and split between two Panthers defencemen before sliding it across the crease to Perry for the tap-in.

The goal, which came with 8:06 remaining in the second and proved to be the game winner, made it 4-1 at the time for Edmonton.

Bouchard and the Oilers now trail the best-of-seven final 3-2 and will look to stave off elimination on Friday night in Edmonton.

Bouchard was the 10th overall pick of Edmonton in the 2018 NHL Draft. The six-foot-three defender has 41 goals and 171 points in 265 games over five seasons.

He’s scored at a pace of better than a point per game in the playoffs, racking up 13 goals and 58 points in 51 games.

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