Connor McDavid scores 100 points in just 53 NHL games

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid put an exclamation point on his memorable Saturday night season when he recorded his 100th point in Game 53 of this coronavirus-shortened 56-game season.

He is the first to score 100 points in less than 56 games since the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr did so in 1995-96.

McDavid made it with a four-point game against the Vancouver Canucks. It is his 33rd multipoint game of the season and the 20th time he has had three or more points.

He wasted little time getting on the top scorer list and scored a goal in less than a minute. McDavid then added assists for the Oilers’ three goals in the second period, including primary support for Leon Draisaitl’s power play goal in the last minute of the second that earned McDavid’s 100th point that year.

That goal stayed as a winner when the Oilers took a 4-3 victory.

The Hart Trophy front runner has played against the same six Canadian teams all season, but the performance remains remarkable.

Most of the points previously scored in a shortened season were Jagr and Eric Lindros (70) in the 1994/95 season with 48 games and Martin St. Louis (60 in 48 games in 2012/13). Both lockout-reduced seasons were pure conference games.

“He was definitely a horse to us and obviously a big part of our success this season and obviously a special talent that keeps improving, which in itself is amazing,” said goalkeeper Mike Smith before the game.

McDavid is in his sixth season and this is his fourth 100 point season. He was at 97 points last season before the coronavirus pandemic ended the regular season early in March.

McDavid is the third active player with at least four 100-point seasons before the age of 25. The others are Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Wayne Gretzky holds the record with seven 100-point seasons before turning 25.

“They are the best players of all time,” said McDavid after the win on Saturday night. “It’s special to be mentioned in the same breath as these people.

“In my game, I just focused on being prepared every night. I think obviously team success comes first. With the exception of the first month, our team was able to play good hockey for most of the season.

“When the team plays well, individuals succeed. You can see that a lot of the people on our team are having some really good seasons. “

Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid has scored 100 points in just 53 games.

McDavid has said during this run that he’s more focused on driving to the Stanley Cup. He helped the Oilers secure a playoff spot and home advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

“It was a lot of fun to watch as a teammate of his. … It just shows the work he’s doing, “said defender Darnell Nurse before the game.” Every year he comes in and just seems like a completely different animal and compliments the game he plays has already evolved. “

McDavid is an astonishing 21 points ahead of second-best scorer Draisaitl, who has scored an impressive 79 points in 53 games. The reigning NHL MVP is 12 points ahead of Mitchell Marner and Brad Marchand, who are third with 67 points. So McDavid is 33 points ahead of any other player.

“It is difficult to compare epochs, it is difficult to compare generations,” said Draisaitl on Saturday evening. “The game has changed.

“Whatever these people have done in the past, it’s impressive. What Connor is doing is impressive. He’s right up there with these guys. … He’s the best player in the world so it’s fun to be a part of. “

Three more games – and then the playoffs – still has time to expand its historic campaign.

“I don’t know why he’ll be satisfied with 100,” said Smith. “There are higher goals he can hit.”

Contributor: Associated Press


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