Connor McDavid, who plays for the Edmonton Oilers hockey team, scored his 300th NHL goal on Thursday night in a game against the Los Angeles Kings. His wrist shot from the slot made it 2-0 and put them on the path to victory. Connor leads the NHL in goals with 61 this season so far. The Oilers did well defensively too, which helped secure their 3rd straight win!
“McDavid said that it’s not enough to just talk about something- you have to actually go out and experience it for yourself. He was saying that he noticed everyone playing hard and being defensive during the game tonight.”
Connor McDavid set a new NHL record by scoring points in 10 or more games consecutively for five times in one season. That was the same record that Wayne Gretzky held back in 1986-87, which was four. Furthermore, he became part of the five exclusive players that achieved the tremendous milestone of achieving 300 goals and 500 assists within 600 career games, joining elite names like Mario Lemieux and Bryan Trottier amongst others.
Stuart Skinner did really well and blocked 43 shots, which earned him his first win of the season! This also helped the Oilers move up to third place in the Western Conference. The team has been doing really good in March with a record of 12 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw.
Skinner said he felt good because the team was doing their best. He was proud that they didn’t give up throughout the entire game and were able to get 2 points from it. This is only Skinner’s second NHL shutout since last season when his team faced San Jose, but afterwards he got sent back down to the AHL.
Coach Woodcroft said that they were doing something different than the last year and praised Stuart by saying he was mature beyond his age. He also did a great job of managing tough shots in the third period. Evander Kane scored first with 52 seconds left in the first period – it was his 15th goal of the season.
Korpisalo stopped 35 shots for LA. The Kings were unfortunate enough to lose two games in a row after winning twelve games in a row – their best streak ever!
The head coach of the Kings, Todd McLellan said “It was an awesome game from both sides and unfortunately one or two bounces didn’t go our way and they managed to put it in the net. We had some pretty good chances but met with a hot goalkeeper who prevented us from scoring.”
Their next game will be against Seattle on Saturday night.
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