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McDavid's five points power Oilers past Flyers

Forward has goal, four assists, Koskinen makes career-high 49 saves for Edmonton

by Derek Van Diest / independent correspondent

McDavid's dazzling goal

PHI@EDM: McDavid beats defender, tucks puck home

Connor McDavid chases after Kris Russell's long pass, shrugs off a defender and slams the puck into the net to extend the Oilers' lead to 3-1

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EDMONTON -- Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists for the Edmonton Oilers in a 6-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Place on Wednesday.

It is the third time McDavid has had five points in an NHL game.

Leon Draisaitl had two goals and an assist, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and an assist, and Mikko Koskinen made an NHL career-high 49 saves for Edmonton (6-1-0), which was outshot 52-22.


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"[Koskinen] was the first, second and third star, he was the only reason we won," Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. "It wasn't a 6-3 game or a 6-1 game. The score was that, but it wasn't that kind of game."

Jakub Voracek had two goals and an assist for Philadelphia (2-2-1), which has lost three straight. Carter Hart allowed four goals on 14 shots before being replaced in the second period by Brian Elliott, who made six saves.

"Sometimes the game looks unfair, but I'm a firm believer that if you do things the right way, things will even out," Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. "We had some great looks, the right guys had the looks, but their goaltender was the difference-maker in tonight's game. He played exceptionally well."

Draisaitl scored on Edmonton's first shot of the game 1:13 into the first period to make it 1-0, but Voracek tied it 1-1 on the power play at 7:36. 

Video: PHI@EDM: Draisaitl rips McDavid's feed past Hart

Ethan Bear scored his first of the season at 14:52 to make it 2-1.

McDavid made it 3-1 at 12:34 of the second period, getting to a lofted pass by Kris Russell in the Flyers zone and muscling past Justin Braun before shooting blocker side on Hart.

"I saw him flick it and it was high and I was trying to gauge where it might go and it ended up being in perfect spot right behind [Braun]. It put [him] in a tough spot," McDavid said. "I just tried to beat him there and take a shot on net."

Nugent-Hopkins scored his first of the season on the power play at 14:32 to make it 4-1.

Draisaitl extended the lead to 5-1 at 16:26, scoring with a backhand from below the goal line on the power play. Brandon Manning, who was making his season debut, scored at 3:40 of the third period on a one-timer from the left point to make it 6-1.

Video: PHI@EDM: Draisaitl scores second goal on power play

"You've got to stop pucks. I didn't do my job and it cost us," Hart said. "I know I have to be a lot better and I know I'll be better next game. But tonight, you've got to come up with a couple of saves to keep your team in the game and I didn't do that."

Oskar Lindblom scored on a redirection to make it 6-2 at 15:20.

With Philadelphia on a 5-on-3 power play and Elliott pulled for the extra skater, Voracek converted on a one-timer from the right circle to cut it to 6-3.

"Hopefully that (52 shots) doesn't happen every night, otherwise I'm going to be exhausted," Koskinen said. "I thought we played pretty well. They were shooting a lot of pucks from the outside, and the guys did a good job of not letting them come to the middle. That's a good thing for us. [McDavid and Draisaitl] are so dangerous every game, and it looks like they are going to score a goal almost every game." 

Video: PHI@EDM: Voracek buries dish for second PPG of game


They said it 

"It never gets easier, and it seems like he's getting better every year. He put a show on tonight. It's a lesson, you've got to shut down the best players in this League if you want to win." -- Flyers defenseman Justin Braun on Connor McDavid

"[McDavid's] one of a kind and it's really nice to have him back after that (knee) injury and it's not really fun if you're a defenseman going back for pucks when you have one of the fastest guys, if not the fastest guy in the League, chasing you." -- Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom


Need to know 

McDavid also had five points against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 11, 2016 (two goals, three assists), and against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 5, 2018 (four goals, one assist). … Travis Konecny had his four-game point streak (three goals, four assists) end. … Draisaitl extended his season-opening point streak to seven games (six goals, nine assists).


What's next 

Flyers: Host the Dallas Stars on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NBCSP, FS-SW, NHL.TV) 

Oilers: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday (9 p.m. ET; SN1, FS-D, NHL.TV)

Video: McDavid's five-point game powers Oilers' 6-3 win

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