NHL Recaps: Connor McDavid on multi-goal streak, Devils outlast Avs, Knights edge Canes, and more

NHL Recaps:  March 1, 2023

Wednesday night’s schedule had six games on it for fans to enjoy but the star of the night was Connor McDavid. The Oilers captain registered another multi-goal game. He’s now up to 118 points (52 goals, 66 assists) on the season, 28 ahead of his nearest competitor and teammate Leon Draisaitl.

NHL Recaps: Connor McDavid on fire

Oilers 5 vs Maple Leafs 2

Connor McDavid had two goals and an assist in the first period and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wednesday.

McDavid has scored two goals in each of the past five games and has an NHL-leading 52 for the season. McDavid is just the fifth NHL player with a multi-goal streak of at least five games, joining Alexander Mogilny (five in 1992-93), Mario Lemieux (five in 1988-89), Punch Broadbent (six in 1921-22) and Joe Malone (six in 1920-21).

“Sometimes it just goes in,” McDavid said via nhl.com. “I felt like I was playing good hockey before and it just wasn’t going in for me. You kind of get a bounce and it seems to go in for you. It is a funny game that way.”

Klim Kostin and former Maple Leaf Zach Hyman added a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who had lost their previous two games. Kailer Yamamoto also scored, and Stuart Skinner made 26 saves.

Mitchell Marner logged a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who had a three-game winning streak end. David Kampf also scored, and Ilya Samsonov stopped 27 shots for Toronto.

Rangers 3 vs Flyers 2 (OT)

Vladimir Tarasenko scored 2:32 into overtime as New York rallied past host Philadelphia for its second straight win following a four-game skid.

Tarasenko, who added two assists, skated around Rasmus Ristolainen and scored for the third time since being traded to New York on Feb. 8. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider each added one goal for the Rangers.
Owen Tippett and Scott Laughton scored one goal apiece for the slumping Flyers, who have dropped four in a row. Flyers goaltender Carter Hart stopped 22 shots.

Devils 7 vs Avalanche 5

Dawson Mercer had a goal and three assists, Tomas Tatar had a goal and two assists and New Jersey beat the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Wednesday. For Mercer, he’s on a seven-game goal streak (9 goals, 5 assists).

“Every night when I go out there, I want to try to contribute offensively, but also be that responsible two-way player,” Mercer said.

Nico Hischier and Miles Wood each added a goal and an assist for the Devils. Ondrej Palat, Dougie Hamilton and Nathan Bastian also scored, Michael McLeod had two assists and Vitek Vanecek turned away 14 shots before being replaced by Akira Schmid early in the third period. Schmid had 12 saves. New Jersey winger Timo Meier, who was acquired from San Jose on Sunday, was scratched, delaying his debut with the Devils.

Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist, Mikko Rantanen had a goal for the sixth straight game and J.T. Compher also found the back of the net for the Avalanche. Artturi Lehkonen and two assists and Justus Annunen stopped 22 shots for Colorado.

NHL Recaps: Knights edge Canes

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Mar 1, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) reacts after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Golden Knights 3 vs Hurricanes 2

Reilly Smith scored the go-ahead goal with 3:42 remaining and Jack Eichel scored two goals to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

“It was a great effort and a lot of resiliency from our group to stick with it,” Eichel said. “It was a tight-checking game. There wasn’t a ton of room out there. They play the game going forward. They put a lot of pressure on you. I thought we did a good job at managing that.”


Smith took a crossing pass from Michael Amadio near the left post and fired a shot under the right arm of Carolina goaltender Frederik Andersen for the game-winner and his 20th goal of the season.

Adin Hill made 24 saves for the Golden Knights, who broke a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with idle Los Angeles and also moved one point ahead of Dallas for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Jordan Staal and Martin Necas scored goals for Carolina, which took its second straight loss. The Hurricanes, who lost in regulation for just the fifth time in 29 road games (18-5-6), saw their lead in the Metropolitan Division shrink to one point over New Jersey, which was a 7-5 winner at Colorado earlier Wednesday night. Andersen finished with 17 saves.

Stars 4 vs Coyotes 2

Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist as Dallas came from behind for a win over the visiting Arizona.

Roope Hintz and Miro Heiskanen also scored for the Stars, who are 2-0-1 in their past three games. Though the Stars outshot the Coyotes by a 41-20 margin, Dallas trailed 2-0 through 18 minutes and didn’t hold a lead until Heiskanen scored a deflected goal at 4:38 of the third period. Jake Oettinger stopped 18 of 20 shots for his 25th win of the season.

Barrett Hayton and Clayton Keller scored for Arizona, while Juuso Valimaki had two assists. Connor Ingram did his best to keep the Coyotes close, stopping 37 of 41 shots.

Capitals 3 vs Ducks 2 (OT)

Tom Wilson scored his second goal of the game at 1:09 of overtime as the Washington Capitals defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in the opener of a three-game California road swing.

In the extra session, T.J. Oshie skated in along the right boards and centered the puck to Wilson, who was crashing the net.

Martin Fehervary also scored for Washington, and Darcy Kuemper made 21 saves.

Troy Terry scored a goal in his fourth consecutive game for the Ducks, who had won three straight. Trevor Zegras had a goal and an assist for the Ducks.

Anaheim goalie John Gibson stopped 36 shots, his 16th consecutive start with 30 or more saves.

Capitals defenseman Nick Jensen left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury, and he returned for just one more shift, in the third period. Fehervary, another defenseman, exited in the third period because of a lower-body injury.

–Field Level Media