ANAHEIM, Calif. – Though Connor McDavid makes wonderful targets look routine, the Edmonton Oilers’ star had an enormous milestone night time on Sunday.
The All-Star centre had a hat trick and have become the eighth NHL participant to report 400 factors earlier than his 23rd birthday within the Oilers’ 6-2 win over the Anaheim Geese.
It was the fifth hat trick of McDavid’s profession and his first since Feb. 18, 2018, towards Colorado. He additionally grew to become the 13th participant in league historical past to achieve 400 factors in 306 or fewer video games.
“It is good. It helps if you get a win as nicely,” mentioned McDavid, who’s tied for second within the league in scoring with 30 factors (11 targets, 19 assists). “It is good to shoot a pair they usually have been in a position to go within the web.”
McDavid was certainly one of 5 Oilers to have a multi-point night time. Leon Draisaitl had 4 assists to maneuver into the NHL scoring lead with 34 factors (14 targets, 20 assists).
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins additionally scored twice for the Oilers, who’ve received 4 of their final six. Zack Kassian had a purpose and two assists and Oscar Klefbom had a pair of assists
“Tonight we have been stable all through and capitalized on alternatives,” coach Dave Tippett mentioned.
Mikko Koskinen made 31 saves for his seventh win in 10 video games. 4 of the saves got here when Edmonton was brief handed because it killed off all 5 Anaheim power-play alternatives.
The Oilers have been 2 for five on the ability play.
“Offense is one thing that hasn’t come straightforward to us as a gaggle, however it’s beginning to choose up,” McDavid mentioned. “I believed the penalty killing made the distinction tonight.”
Rickard Rakell and Max Jones scored for Anaheim and John Gibson stopped 25 photographs. The six targets Gibson allowed tied a career-worst.
“We mentioned they have been an opportunistic group. They have been. We mentioned they have been good on the ability play. They have been. We received outplayed,” Geese captain Ryan Getzlaf mentioned.
McDavid reached the 400-point milestone with 9:06 remaining within the first interval when his wrist shot beat Gibson to present the Oilers a 2-1 lead.
His second purpose ended up being spotlight worthy as he eluded Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg, momentarily misplaced his balanced after which deked Gibson to place a wrist shot previous his stick facet.
“Popping out of the zone, I attempted to place a play on the web. I am at all times searching for the move, in all probability an excessive amount of,” McDavid mentioned.
McDavid then accomplished the hat trick along with his fourth power-play purpose of the season with 6:35 remaining. The followers then pelted the Honda Heart ice with hats that they obtained as a part of a Veterans Day giveaway.
Nugent-Hopkins notched the 17th multi-goal sport after coming in with just one purpose. He put the Oilers on the board 88 seconds into the sport when he took benefit of a turnover behind the Anaheim web and jammed it previous Gibson’s brief facet. Edmonton’s James Neal pressured Anaheim’s Korbinian Holzer to show it over, permitting Nugent-Hopkins to take benefit for his second purpose of the season.
He then added a power-play purpose at 7:45 of the second interval with a snap shot the discovered the higher left nook of the web.
Rakell tied it at one when he was ready when he lifted a backhand over Koskinen’s shoulder for his fifth of the 12 months. Jakob Silfverberg was in a position to achieve possession behind the web and fed it to a wide-open Rakell, who was taking part in in his 400th NHL sport.
Metal received his first purpose of the season early within the third with a wrist shot that beat Kosskinen on his stick facet.
NOTES: Anaheim positioned D Hampus Lindholm on injured reserve as a result of a lower-body damage. Lindholm, who leads the Geese in assists with 9, missed two video games final month because of the similar damage. … Rakell is the 16th participant in Anaheim franchise historical past to seem in 400 video games. … C Sam Metal assisted on Jones’ purpose and has 4 assists within the final three video games.
Oilers: Journey to San Jose on Tuesday night time.
Geese: Host Detroit on Tuesday night time.
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