The reigning NHL MVP picked up right where he left off last season in the Edmonton Oilers first game of the new NHL season.
Connor McDavid netted a hat trick, pacing the Oilers to a 3-0 win over the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place on Wednesday night.
The Oilers opened the scoring 11:01 into the game. Patrick Maroon kept the puck alive off the rebound and delivered a short pass to Leon Draisaitl. Draisaitl’s sharp angle shot was stopped by Calgary goaltender Mike Smith, but McDavid was open to bang in the rebound.
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Flames forward Sean Monahan had a great chance to tie the game with six minutes left in the second period, but his point-blank try was stopped by Cam Talbot.
McDavid showed off his speed with his second goal of the game in the third. He chased a loose puck down the right wing, got in behind the Calgary defence, and flicked a shot over Smith’s right shoulder. McDavid completed the hat trick into an empty net with 59 seconds left.
Talbot made 26 saves for the shutout. Draisaitl had two assists.
McDavid’s hat trick marked the second time in his NHL career he has scored three goals in a game.
The Oilers have won five straight against the Flames. They’ll visit Vancouver to play the Canucks on Saturday.
Watch below: Some videos from Global News’ coverage of the Edmonton Oilers’ 2017 NHL regular season home opener.
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