Connor McDavid’s hat trick leads Edmonton Oilers past Canucks

Connor McDavid recorded his seventh career regular season hat trick as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 Thursday night at Rogers Place.

The Oilers applied a lot of pressure early and opened the scoring on a power-play goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at 7:59.

With 2.5 seconds left in the first, Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl won a faceoff in the offensive zone. Edmonton forward Kailer Yamamoto’s shot was stopped by Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko, but McDavid flipped in the rebound with 0.8 seconds left on the clock.

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Vancouver defenceman Nate Schmidt beat Oilers netminder Mikko Koskinen with a long drive early in the second.

McDavid replied with a brilliant power-play rush, cutting into the slot from the right side and wiring home a wrist shot. Vancouver replied two minutes later on a redirection by Tyler Motte.

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McDavid completed the hat trick by stuffing in his own rebound with 4:52 left in the second.

Nugent-Hopkins tapped in his second goal of the night in the third, converting a feed from Yamamoto.

Koskinen made 38 saves for the win. The Oilers’ Stuart Skinner was the backup goalie with Mike Smith unavailable.

Draisaitl had four assists.

The Oilers, 1-1, will host Montreal Saturday and Monday.

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