The Edmonton Oilers are absolutely flying right now, and after destroying the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, they’re now on a five-game winning streak.
Ryan McLeod scored 28 seconds into the game to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead, and 13 seconds later, Mattias Ekholm scored to make it 2-0, tapping in a pass from Connor McDavid.
Before the first intermission, the Oilers held a 4-0 lead, and early in the second period, they made it 5-0.
Although the Canes actually outshot the Oilers 40-34, the Oilers won the game 6-1, and it was mostly thanks to another world-class performance from Connor McDavid.
Connor McDavid, just like the Oilers, started the season slow, and fans were worried about his form or motivation to put up another record-breaking season with the Oilers.
In mid-November, McDavid was barely on a point per game, but since the Oilers changed their head coach, the best player in the world has returned to playing like his former self, and he’s currently on a seven-game point streak.
During those eight games, McDavid has scored a whopping 19 points. He didn’t score a goal against the Hurricanes, but he did have three assists, and the last one was one of the greatest plays this season.
McDavid stole the puck from Michael Bunting near the blue line and then deked around a couple of Hurricanes players before passing across the ice to Zach Hyman, who completed his hat trick at 9:35 in the third to make it 6-1.
McDavid’s assist was nothing but breathtaking, and Zach Hyman realized it straight away. His reaction after scoring was awesome, as he started to laugh at McDavid, almost in utter disbelief over what his teammate had just done.
”It’s pretty simple but just try to work on things that I need to work on, and … yeah, I play with pretty good players, too. Connor [McDavid] set me up pretty nicely for the third one, and then [Ryan Nugent-Hopkins] gave me a nice play for the second one, so, you have to have linemates to be able to produce, and I’m fortunate to play with two of the best,” Hyman said postgame.