Connor McDavid made history in the NHL by becoming the first player in 27 years to get 150 points in a season. He earned this impressive accomplishment when he scored two goals and had one assist in an Edmonton Oilers’ 6-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.
To celebrate his special accomplishment, he was shown a video honoring him with messages from famous players like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Phil Esposito, Steve Yzerman and Bernie Nichols who were all part of the 150-point club.
“I didn’t think much about it,” said McDavid about his latest achievement. His teammates created a video for him showing all five other people who have achieved the same milestone he did, and that surprised him. “That was really special to see from them,” he added.
Anyway, McDavid assisted Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the first period and scored at 1:44 pm in the same period, which made him reach 161 points like Lemieux did back in 1995-1996.
McDavid scored another goal in the third period, bringing his total goals and points to 64 and 151 respectively. He only has two games left in this regular season.
Coach Woodcroft said that McDavid is a special kind of player who puts the team’s success first. That’s why they won today.
McDavid needs five more points in the remaining two games to break a record made by Esposito, Yzerman and Nichols. If he gets those points then he will be just behind Gretzky (he scored 160+ in nine seasons) and Lemieux (he scored 160+ in four seasons).
Zach Hyman, McDavid’s linemate said: “He’s the best player in the world and continues to make himself better, pushing boundaries which makes our team even better”.
Hyman, Derek Ryan and Philip Broberg scored to help the Oilers get a huge victory and their seventh win in a row. They are now three points ahead of the third-place Los Angeles in the Pacific Division and are close to winning home-court advantage for the playoffs!
Stuart Skinner blocked 22 shots while Tomas Hertl scored one goal for the Sharks. The Sharks sadly won’t be doing too well overall in the league this time around. Lastly, James Reimer defended 30 times against them.
The biggest surprise in the game was when two players, McDavid and Erik Karlsson from Sharks team, were on a mission to become the first defense guys to get 100 points since Brian Leetch in 1991-92. While Karlsson stayed stuck at 98 points, McDavid quickly achieved his target shortly after the beginning of the first period with some amazing moves. He got a rebound off Nugent-Hopkins’ 37th goal of the season which sealed his victory!
During the first period, a shot by Warren Foegele bounced to McDavid, who scored his milestone goal to make it 2-1. After that, Logan Couture said he hadn’t seen McDavid playing better than this. Couture turns on the TV and notices that every time McDavid touches the puck, there is a danger. Then the Oilers scored more points until they won the game.
Things haven’t been great for the San Jose Sharks this season in terms of playing at home. They’ve won only 8 out of their 21 games, which is the fewest games won in a full 82-game season since 2005. The last team that had this low number was the Florida Panthers in 2002-03, but they did tie seven times instead.
Oilers called up 34-year-old defenseman Jason Demers to play in his 700th career game. However, it didn’t quite work out well as he made a mistake that allowed Sharks’ player Hertl to tie the game at 1. Marc-Edouard Vlasic had an upper body injury during first period and didn’t return to the game.
The Oilers will play against the Colorado on Tuesday night and the Sharks will go against Winnipeg on Monday night. For more NHL updates, you can check out Twitter accounts of NHLZonecom and AP Sports.