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GAME STORY: Oilers 6, Maple Leafs 4

McDavid registered four points including a Goal of the Year candidate as the Oilers defeated the Maple Leafs 6-4 at Scotiabank Arena

by Paul Gazzola /

TORONTO, ON - Welcome home, Connor McDavid.

Ontario is, after all, where his Hart is.

The Newmarket product was masterful Monday night at Scotiabank Arena, blowing the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans away with a four-point performance that also featured a Goal of the Year candidate, as the Oilers defeated the Leafs 6-4.

Video: OILERS TODAY | Post-Game at TOR 01.06.20





The Oilers five-game road trip continues in Montreal on Thursday. The game can be seen on Sportsnet West and heard on the Oilers Radio Network, including 630 CHED. Puck drop is 5:08 p.m. MT.


"Everyone wants to play well in their hometown," McDavid, who now has 69 points on the year, said.

"I had lots of friends and family in the building."

Leon Draisaitl and Alex Chiasson picked up a goal and assist each as Edmonton grabbed their second victory of the trip and fifth point. The triumph also snapped Toronto's home win streak against the Oilers, which dated back to Feb. 6, 2012.

"This is a building that our team has struggled in and personally I've struggled in it before," McDavid continued. 

"It's definitely fun to come in here and get a big win."

Oscar Klefbom's single in the first was all the offence of the opening 20 but the floodgates opened in the final 40 minutes of play.

The two sides traded three goals apiece in the second period - each red light coming at even strength despite the Oilers suppressing 1:23 of 5-on-3 time - while the third period calmed down to a three-goal finish.

It was then, in the 3rd when McDavid's masterpiece was created.

No 97 entered the Leafs' zone, making it seem as though he was waiting for support to join. Biding his time, McDavid looked off defenceman Morgan Rielly then shifted past him before going roof on Michael Hutchinson, who took over for Frederik Andersen early in the second frame.

"I was amazed that he was waiting for people to come behind him the way he was looking," Oilers Head Coach Dave Tippett said.

"We must have been changing or something so he decided to do it himself. That's Connor being Connor."

Video: McDavid has four points, Oilers defeat Maple Leafs

Chiasson, who sniped his fifth of the season at 13:41 of the goal-crazy middle period, was quick to give all-time props to his captain post-game.

"I told Louie (DeBrusk), 'That's the nicest goal I have ever seen,'" said Chiasson. "You could tell tonight he was playing with an edge. That might have been the nicest goal I've seen. Pure skill.

"We're lucky to have him."

McDavid, putting on for Edmonton by way of Newmarket, wasn't the only Oiler from Ontario to have a good night.

Darnell Nurse, Hamilton's own, tucked his fourth of the year with a laser to open the second period and Kingston's Mike Smith backstopped the Oil with a 32-save performance.

Video: EDM@TOR: McDavid converts jaw-dropping goal

"We got a lot of guys around here from this area," Tippett said. "When they come back, they always want to play well. You see guys in the dressing room happy after. It's a good feeling for a team to come in here and win."

On the back end, every Oilers defenceman collected a point, marking the first time since Dec. 11, 1985, that the feat has been achieved for the club.

The victory put Edmonton back in the Pacific Division playoff picture, sitting third in the Divison with 51 points.

"We wanted to really play our game," Tippett continued. "Our guys are playing with confidence."

Edmonton improves to 23-17-5 on the year and will continue their road trip in Montreal against the Canadiens on Thursday.

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