Led by the incomparable Connor McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers have found their way in recent weeks. On Saturday they celebrated their fifth win in six games with a 6-4 win over Kraken in Seattle.
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Evander Kane completed his hat trick early in the third period and gave his team a two-goal cushion. Plagued by injuries, he is limited to 29 games this season. He scored 13 goals and 24 points.
As it should be, McDavid also let the octopus see all the colors. He scored one goal and had two assists, including helping Zach Hyman to bring his total this season to 58 goals and 134 points.
This made the number 97 the first player since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in 1995-1996 to score three or more points in 20 games in a season.
Hyman hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career at the age of 30.
Kailer Yamamoto also hit the net in the win.
The Kraken was also forced to change goalies halfway through the game. After allowing three goals in 10 shots, Philipp Grubauer had to leave the game due to injury. To his relief, Martin Jones was unable to keep his team in the game, allowing three goals on 13 shots.
Her counterpart, Stuart Skinner, made 33 saves to sign his 21st win of the season. He edged out Logan Thompson of the Vegas Golden Knights for first place among rookies.
Jaden Schwartz, Jordan Eberle, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Eeli Tolvanen managed to demystify it.
A great show in “Philly”
In Philadelphia, the Carolina Hurricanes drew at the last second before beating the Flyers 5-4 in overtime.
With just 0.3 seconds left in the duel, Martin Necas hit the back of the net. In overtime, Sebastian Aho completed his hat trick by defeating Tony DeAngelo and goaltender Felix Sandstrom.
Before the Canes’ rise, it was the Flyers who were able to close a two-goal deficit early in the game. Aho and Brady Skjei were the only scorers in the first period, but John Tortorella’s troops rolled up their sleeves in the middle period.
Tyson Foerster, Noah Cates, Joel Farabee and newcomer Brendan Lemieux surprised their powerful rivals by putting their own ahead before Necas responded.
Prior to this clash, Rod Brind’Amour’s men had lost three of their last four games. They will play their next two games against the New York Rangers; a matchup we got to see again in the first round of the playoffs.