McDavid and the Oilers demolish the Penguins
Many were eagerly awaiting the rare showdown between Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid, but the Edmonton Oilers player completely eclipsed the Pittsburgh Penguins player with another four points on Thursday night.
Thanks to McDavid's ninth game of four or more points this season, the Alberta team easily defeated the Pens 7-2 at PPG Paints Arena. It was a very long night for Pittsburgh fans, who saw their favorites cut to pieces by the Oilers' powerful attack.
McDavid and Leon Draisaitl scored the visitors' first two power-play goals in the first period. The captain added two more points in the second half of the game, scoring a superb goal on a penalty shot.
In front of a sparse crowd with 3:33 to go in regular time, the number 97 s is mocked at Casey DeSmith. McDavid froze the Penguins goaltender in place. His 46th goal of the campaign was also his 109th point in 59 games.
Draisaitl, Tyson Barrie and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had two points for the winners, who sent Tristan Jarry to the showers after 40 minutes.
In the loss, Quebec defender Kristopher Letang scored both of his goals.
Dawson Mercer on fire
In Newark, Dawson Mercer scored two more goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime a 4-3 win for the New Jersey Devils over the Los Angeles Kings.
National League goaltenders no longer seem to have any secrets for the Newfoundlander, who has hit the target in his last five games. That's now seven wins and nine points during that streak.
Mercer and defenseman Dougie Hamilton put the Kings defense to sleep in overtime to beat Pheonix Copley. The visitors themselves looked tired, directing only 22 shots towards the opposing cage.
Sean Durzi made it 3-2 late in the third period, but Nico Hischier forced overtime by shaking the ropes with 39 seconds left. Tomas Tatar was the other Devils scorer.
Ovechkin held in check
In Washington, Alexander Ovechkin was making a comeback after out for four games, but the Russian was limited to a spectator role in the Anaheim Ducks' 4-2 victory over the Capitals.
The captain returned to his country in order to wear at the bedside of his father, who sadly passed away on February 15. Ovechkin attempted five shots on net against the “Ducks” and finished with a -2 differential.
The “Caps” took a 2-1 lead, but the visitors scored three times without reply and never looked back. Isac Lundestrom, Troy Terry and Jakob Silfverberg all found a breach in the frail armor of Charlie Lindgren, who received only 20 pitches.
As always busy this season, John Gibson has meanwhile he stood in front of 41 shots.
The Capitals have suffered defeat in their last five outings.