11/10 23:14 CST McDavid scores hat trick, reaches 400 points in Edmonton win
McDavid scores hat trick, reaches 400 points in Edmonton win
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) --- Connor McDavid had a hat trick and became the eighth
NHL player to record 400 points before his 23rd birthday as the Edmonton Oilers
defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Sunday night.
It is the fifth hat trick of McDavid's career and his first since Feb. 18,
2018, against Colorado. Edmonton's superstar center is the 13th player in
league history to reach 400 points in 306 or fewer games.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored twice for the Oilers, who have won four of
their last six. Zack Kassian had a goal and two assists and Leon Draisaitl
added three assists to move into the NHL scoring lead with 33 points (14 goals,
Oscar Klefbom had a pair of assists and Mikko Koskinen made 31 saves for his
seventh win in 10 games.
Rickard Rakell and Max Jones scored for Anaheim and John Gibson stopped 25
McDavid reached the 400-point milestone with 9:06 remaining in the first period
when his wrist shot beat Gibson to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead.
McDavid then completed the hat trick with a pair of third-period goals. He put
another wrist shot past Gibson at 7:14 to give Edmonton a 5-2 lead and then got
his fourth power-play goal of the season with 6:35 remaining.
Nugent-Hopkins notched the 17th multi-goal game of his career after coming into
the game with only one goal. He put the Oilers on the board 88 seconds into the
game when he took advantage of a turnover behind the Anaheim net and jammed it
past Gibson's short side. Edmonton's James Neal pressured Anaheim's Korbinian
Holzer to turn it over, allowing Nugent-Hopkins to take advantage for his
second goal of the season.
He then added a power-play goal at 7:45 of the second period with a snap shot
the found the upper left corner of the net.
Rakell tied it at one when he was able when he lifted a backhand over
Koskinen's shoulder for his fifth of the year. Jakob Silfverberg was able to
gain possession behind the net and fed it to a wide-open Rakell, who was
playing in his 400th NHL game.
Steel got his first goal of the season early in the third with a wrist shot
that beat Kosskinen on his stick side.
NOTES: Anaheim placed D Hampus Lindholm on injured reserve due to a lower-body
injury. Lindholm, who leads the Ducks in assists with nine, missed two games
last month due to the same injury. ... Rakell is the 16th player in Anaheim
franchise history to appear in 400 games. ... C Sam Steel assisted on Jones'
goal and has four assists in the last three games.
Oilers: Travel to San Jose on Tuesday night.
Ducks: Host Detroit on Tuesday night.
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