Player of the Night: Connor McDavid
McDavid gets the nod because of volume, but also because the Oilers just flat-out needed a night like this, where they just rampage against an overmatched opponent. The bounces haven’t always been there for Edmonton, yet a lot went right tonight as they bombarded the Vegas Golden Knights by a score of 8-2.
As you’d expect, McDavid led the way, generating two goals and one assist. He remains the straw that stirs the drink, if the Oilers offense was a drink. (Probably one of those bad fast food milkshakes that are too thick to easily drink, maybe?)
Even so, the win was important because others got involved, too. The most promising sign might be that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins continues to heat up, including two goals tonight. Maybe Mike Cammalleri can be the cherry on top rather than a more important part of the cake?
(Clearly I need dessert.)
McDavid & Co. made life difficult for Vegas, who had to turn to its fifth goalie of a season that’s barely more than a month old.
Somehow, the Oilers are now 7-9-2 while those Golden Knights fell to … 10-6-1.
Highlights of the Night: Robbed by Bob
Sergei Bobrovsky was a huge factor in the Blue Jackets beating the Canadiens 2-1, with this ridiculous save being the biggest moment:
Bobrovsky really had himself a night:
Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals in Florida’s shootout win against Dallas, and he came back despite absorbing this hit. Hopefully he’s really OK, and wasn’t just coming back thanks to adrenaline.
Roberto Luongo made an entertaining save to also help Florida win:
(Click here for the montage of the night, as the Predators and Capitals scored a ton of goals, with Nashville winning handily.)
Factoids of the Night: Ouch, Arizona Coyotes. Ouch.
Milestone night for Henrik Sedin during Vancouver’s comeback victory against Los Angeles:
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