Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers were too much for the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. McDavid had five points (one goal, four assists) and Draisaitl had three (two goals, one assist) in a 6-3 win at Rogers Place, the sixth victory in seven games this season for the Oilers (6-1-0).
McDavid's five-point game was the third of his NHL career and first this season, and the four assists were an NHL career high. He leads the League with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and is the second player in Oilers history to have at least 17 through their first seven games of a season (Wayne Gretzky did it five times from 1982-83 through 1987-88). Edmonton's captain is the 15th player in the modern era (since 1943-44) and third in the past 26 years, joining Mario Lemieux (1995-96) and Gretzky (1993-94), to accomplish the feat.
Draisaitl is second in the NHL with 15 points (six goals, nine assists). He joined McDavid and Gretzky as the only Oilers with at least 15 points through the first seven games of a season. McDavid and Draisaitl are the 10th set of teammates since 1945-46 to each have at least 15 points through their team's first seven games of a season, but the first since Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995-96.
Carlson stays hot, fuels come-from-behind win for Capitals
John Carlson scored a goal and had two assists for his fifth multipoint game of the season to help the Washington Capitals rally from two goals down for a 4-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena.
Carlson leads NHL defensemen and is third in the League with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists), the most by a Capitals defenseman through the first eight games of a season. The two other Capitals players with at least 14 points through Washington's first eight games in any season are Alex Ovechkin, who had 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 2009-10 and Alexander Semin, who had 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 2008-09.
Carlson, who had an NHL career-high 70 points (13 goals, 57 assists) last season, is the seventh NHL defenseman with at least 14 points through his team's first eight games of a season, and first since Paul Reinhart of the Vancouver Canucks in 1989-90.
Kane's hat trick sparks Sharks past Hurricanes
Evander Kane scored three goals in a span of 11:07 in the first period for his second NHL hat trick, helping the San Jose Sharks defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 at SAP Center for their third straight victory.
Kane is the first Sharks player to score at least three goals in the first period of a game and the ninth to have a hat trick in any period. Two NHL players had a first-period hat trick last season: Andreas Johnsson of the Maple Leafs (Nov. 24, 2018) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Oilers (March 26, 2019).
Tanev's shorthanded goal gives Penguins OT win
Brandon Tanev became the second player in Penguins history (Lemieux on Jan. 22, 1996) to score a shorthanded goal in overtime when he scored with 1:03 remaining to lift Pittsburgh to a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at PPG Paints Arena.
Tanev, in his first season with the Penguins after playing four seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, scored his first NHL overtime goal.
Two players scored shorthanded goals in overtime last season: Ryan O'Reilly of the St. Louis Blues (Dec. 14, 2018, vs. Colorado) and Joe Pavelski of the Sharks (Feb. 5, 2019, at Winnipeg).
Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to extend his season-opening point streak to seven games, tying him with Draisaitl for the longest active run in the NHL. Crosby is one game from matching the longest season-opening point streak of his 15-season NHL career; he had points in each of Pittsburgh's first eight games in 2013-14.
Video: COL@PIT: Tanev gets favorable bounce for OT winner
Hughes, Kakko set to play one another for first time in NHL
The top two picks in the 2019 NHL Draft will play each other for the first time when Jack Hughes and the New Jersey Devils play Kaapo Kakko and the New York Rangers at Prudential Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).
The Devils took Hughes, a center, with the No. 1 pick after winning the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery. The Rangers followed by selecting Kakko, a forward, at No. 2.
It will be the seventh consecutive season and 31st time that the top two picks in a draft year will face each other in an NHL regular-season game during the season immediately after the draft.