Connor McDavid had two assists, Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves and the Edmonton Oilers kept up their playoff push with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Alex Chiasson, Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for the Oilers (30-30-7), who have won four straight games and are 6-1-2 in their last nine to move within seven points of Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Jay Beagle and Alexander Edler scored for the Canucks (28-31-9), who have lost four of five.

Vancouver Canucks' Troy Stecher (51) chases Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ Troy Stecher (51) chases Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Edmonton opened the scoring just more than five minutes into the first period when former Canuck Sam Gagner stole the puck behind the net and fed it in front to Chiasson, who sent a shot through the legs of goalie Thatcher Demko for his 19th of the season.

The Oilers made it 2-0 with six minutes left in the first when McDavid shrugged off a check at full speed and sent the puck in front for Kassian to deflect it into the net. It was Kassian’s fourth consecutive game with a goal.

Koskinen kept that lead intact late in the first, making a pad save on a point-blank shot by Josh Leivo.

Vancouver Canucks' Troy Stecher (51) is checked by Edmonton Oilers' Zack Kassian (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ Troy Stecher (51) is checked by Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian (44) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Oilers added to their lead a minute into the second period when McDavid saw Nugent-Hopkins at the back door and he was able to redirect in his 21st goal of the season.

Vancouver got on the board with 1:30 left in the second when Koskinen mishandled a shot and Beagle poked in a puck that was sitting on the goal line.

The Canucks cut the lead to one seven minutes into the third period on a point shot from Edler. The goal was upheld after a replay challenge for goaltender interference.

Vancouver Canucks' Adam Gaudette (88) and Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) watch as Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ Adam Gaudette (88) and Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse (25) watch as Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

NOTES: The teams split four meetings this season. … Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury. … Edler played his 800th NHL game.

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Canucks: Return home to face Vegas on Saturday.

Vancouver Canucks' Antoine Roussel (26) and Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) have words during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ Antoine Roussel (26) and Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) have words during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Oilers: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

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