Pair of assists help Oakville’s Bouchard break NHL scoring record

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Published May 21, 2024 at 4:25 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 had a breakout season on the blueline with the Edmonton Oilers this season.

The defenceman, who had a career best 18 goals and 64 assists for 82 points in 81 regular season games, is continuing that impressive run in this year’s playoffs and he’s breaking NHL records in the process.

The Oilers point man recorded a pair of assists to help power the Oilers into the third round in a series’ clinching 3-2 victory Monday night against the Vancouver Canucks and now has an NHL record 20 playoff points through two playoff rounds for a defenceman.

The 24-year-old, a 10 overall pick of the Oilers in 2018, has five goals and 15 assists in 12 playoff games, breaking the previous single-playoff record of 19 points.

Bouchard, who along with the Oilers will now face the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Finals, has an opportunity to become just the fourth defender to hit the 30-point mark in a single playoff run with New York Rangers’ great Brian Leetch being the last one to do it in 1993-94.

Former Oiler and Hockey Hall of Fame blueliner Paul Coffey holds the record for most points by a defenceman in a playoff run with 37 (12-25) during the NHL 1984-85 playoffs.

Bouchard more than doubled his scoring totals (8-32-40) from last season and is proving himself to be a key playoff performer with 46 points over 40 games.

The fourth-year Oiler is third in team playoff scoring, trailing only Leon Draisaitl (8-16-24) and Connor McDavid (2-19-21).

The Oilers and Stars open their best-of-seven playoff series on Thursday night (May 23) in Texas.

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