Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers were too much for the Colorado in a 6-2 victory at Rogers Place on Thursday.
McDavid had an NHL career-high six points (three goals, three assists), including a four-point first period. The hat trick was the sixth of his NHL career, making him the sixth player in Oilers history to have at least that many, and he became the seventh active player to have at least six points in a game.
After scoring three goals Sunday, McDavid became the fourth Oilers player with two hat tricks in a three-game span. The others: Wayne Gretzky (four times; twice each in 1981-82 and 1983-84), Glenn Anderson (1983-84 and 1987-88) and Jari Kurri (1983-84). Three of Gretzky’s four instances came in consecutive games.
McDavid had two goals and two assists during the Oilers’ four-goal first period, matching an Edmonton record for most points in a first period, a feat accomplished by Gretzky (six times) and Jason Arnott (March 23, 1996). It’s the eighth time McDavid has had at least three points in a period, but the first with four.
Draisaitl maintains NHL scoring lead with five-assist game
Draisaitl set a personal NHL-best with five assists in a game and leads the League with 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists), four points ahead of McDavid’s 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists).
They are the second set of teammates this season to each have five points in a game, joining David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins on Oct. 27. Draisaitl reached the 40-point mark in 21 games; last season’s scoring leader, Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning, did it in 28 games on the way to finishing with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists), the highest single-season point total by an NHL player in 23 years.
Draisaitl became the 20th player, and seventh in the past 30 years, to have at least 41 points through his team’s first 21 games of a season; Wayne Gretzky accounts for 10 of the 36 instances. Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins (20 games played in 1992-93) is the only other player in the past 23 years to hit the 40-point mark in 21 or fewer games.
Lightning match League single-game high for goals this season
The Tampa Bay Lightning built off their sweep of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm last weekend by becoming the second team this season to score nine goals in a game. Tampa Bay scored four times in each of the first two periods on the way to a 9-3 win against the New York Rangers at Amalie Arena.
The Lightning’s four goals in the first 6:42 against the Rangers marked the fastest four goals to begin a game in Tampa Bay history. Five teams in the past 25 years have accomplished the feat in that span or faster.
Tampa Bay became the 79th team in NHL history to score at least four goals in each of their first two periods of a regular-season game, but just the third in the last decade. The others came eight days apart: the New York Islanders on Feb. 11, 2011, and the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 19, 2011.
It’s the second time since joining the NHL in 1992 that the Lightning have had five players each finish with at least three points in a game. Kucherov had a goal and three assists, Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists, Victor Hedman had three assists, Yanni Gourde had a goal and two assists, and Alex Killorn had two goals and an assist Thursday. The other time the Lightning had five players with at least three points in a game was against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 30, 2018.
Tampa Bay is the second team this season to have five players finish with at least three points in a game; Colorado did it against the Nashville Predators in a 9-4 win Nov. 7. The last team with more than five players with at least three points was Edmonton, who had six against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 19, 2011.
It was the third game this season with at least 12 goals scored. The others each had 13 goals; Tampa Bay won 7-6 in overtime against New Jersey on Oct. 30, and Colorado won 9-4 against Nashville on Nov. 7.
Hurricanes defeat Sabres for 10th consecutive time
Dougie Hamilton scored in overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes their 10th consecutive victory against the Buffalo Sabres, 5-4 at KeyBank Center.
Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and two assists for his ninth multipoint game of the season after he had seven as a rookie last season. The 19-year-old is behind Draisaitl (12) and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (10) for most multipoint games this season.
Hamilton also had an assist, giving him 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 19 games. He required the fewest games by a defenseman in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history to reach 20 points in a season, besting the previous mark set by Hartford’s Mark Howe in 1980-81, when he had 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 20 games.
The 10-game streak is the longest by the Hurricanes/Whalers against one opponent. The Hurricanes hold one of five active win streaks of 10 or more games against one team.
Carolina center Jordan Staal scored his 100th goal with the Hurricanes, joining older brother Eric (322) as the ninth set of brothers to score at least 100 goals apiece with the same NHL team.