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Connor McDavid reaches milestone in Oilers victory

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
McDAVID SCORES LATE OVERTIME GOAL IN OILERS' FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN

The Florida Panthers scored three straight goals to overcome an early 2-0 deficit, but Jordan Eberle tied the game with 2:59 remaining in the third period and Connor McDavid (1-2-3) scored with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 victory, their fourth straight win, all at home.

* McDavid had his seventh three-point game of the season to increase his lead atop the NHL scoring race (15-39-54 in 47 GP). He also got his 100th NHL point (31-71-102 in 92 GP).

* McDavid reached 100 points in 92 games. He's the fourth-fastest active player with 100 career points, behind Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (77 games), Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins (80) and Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins (89), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Two players in Oilers history have accomplished the feat in fewer games: Wayne Gretzky (61 games) and Blair MacDonald (85).

* McDavid, who faced the Panthers for the first time in the NHL, has at least one point against 28 of the 30 teams he has played. He has no points against the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Video: McDavid scores in OT to give the Oilers a 4-3 victory

 

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

WINNIPEG 6, Arizona 3

Pittsburgh 4, MONTREAL 1

DETROIT 6, Boston 5 (SO)

EDMONTON 4, Florida 3 (OT)

San Jose 3, LOS ANGELES 2

 

RED WINGS STAGE ANOTHER COMEBACK WIN

Gustav Nyquist tied the game with 3:04 remaining in the third period and Frans Nielsen scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Detroit Red Wings rallied from deficits of 3-0, 4-1 and 5-4 for their third straight win, all at home.

* Elias notes that the Red Wings overcame a three-goal deficit to win for the first time in exactly two years; the previous time was against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 18, 2015. Wednesday, however, marked the second time in the past three games that the Red Wings won after trailing by multiple goals. They were down 2-0 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday before winning 6-3.

* Tomas Tatar led Detroit with one goal and two assists, while Thomas Vanek had an assist extended his point streak to seven games (5-5-10).

 

SHARKS WIN FINALE OF SEASON SERIES AGAINST KINGS

Joe Pavelski scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the second period to help the San Jose Sharks win the finale of their season series against the Los Angeles Kings (SJS: 3-1-1; LAK: 2-3-0).

* At 27-16-2 (56 points), the Sharks are third in the Pacific Division behind the Anaheim Ducks (25-13-9, 59 points) and Oilers (25-15-7, 57 points). The Sharks, however, have two games in hand on each of the teams ahead of them.

* Brent Burns opened the scoring with his 19th goal of the season, nine more than the next-closest NHL defenseman (Shea Weber: 10). Burns leads defensemen and is fifth among all players with 19-27-46 in 45 games this season.

Video: Pavelski, Jones lead Sharks to a 3-2 win over Kings

 

PAVELEC, BALANCED ATTACK GUIDE JETS TO VICTORY

Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves in his first NHL game since April 9, 2016, a 4-3 shootout win at the Kings, to help the Winnipeg Jets improve to 7-0-0 all-time at MTS Centre against the Arizona Coyotes.

* Elias notes that the Jets had 15 players with at least one point in a game for the second time in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history. The other: at the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 27, 2011, when 15 skaters contributed in a 9-8 win.

 
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING RELEASES MIDTERM RANKINGS

Forward Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League was named the top North American skater on NHL Central Scouting's midseason rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft.

Click here for the full rankings, which feature the top 217 skaters and 31 goaltenders in North America as well as the top 120 skaters and 10 goaltenders internationally.

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Eric Fehr scored what stood as the winning goal to lift the Penguins to their seventh victory in their past 10 games. Fehr has six goals this season, including three game-winners. … Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (0-1-1) extended his point streak to five games (5-2-7) and became the third player to reach 50 points this season (21-29-50 in 44 GP). … Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck scored to extend his point streak to six games (6-4-10), including a goal in four straight. … Bruins forward Frank Vatrano (2-0-2) had his second NHL multigoal game. He had a hat trick against the Penguins on Dec. 18, 2015. … Sharks forward Joe Thornton (380-990-1,370 in 1,412 GP) had two assists to move past Johnny Bucyk (556-813-1,369 in 1,540 GP) into sole possession of 24th place on the NHL all-time points list. … Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr had an assist to move within four points of 1,900 in the NHL (757-1,139-1,896 in 1,676 GP). … The NHL Department of Player Safety fined New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider $5,000 for hitting Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin with his helmet during a fight. … Joey Kocur, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby dropped the ceremonial puck as the Red Wings celebrated their 1998 Stanley Cup-winning team.

 

SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern

Dallas @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m., MSG+, FS-SW+, NHL.TV

Ottawa @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV

NY Rangers @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, MSG, NHL.TV

Washington @ St. Louis, 8 p.m., SN, TVA Sports, FS-MW, CSN-DC, NHL.TV

Arizona @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., FS-N, FS-WI, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV

Nashville @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNW, FS-TN, NHL.TV

Colorado @ Anaheim, 10 p.m., PRIME, ALT2, NHL.TV

Tampa Bay @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., SN, SN1, CSN-CA, SUN, NHL.TV

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