NHL Scores: Auston Matthews keeps scoring for Maple Leafs, Leon Draisaitl powers Oilers as Connor McDavid notches point 500

Feb 17, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) is honored on the scoreboard after assisting on a first period goal by forward Jesse Puljujarvi (not pictured) which was his 500th career point at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Maple Leafs (12-3-2) buckled down and beat the Senators (4-13-1) 2-1. Auston Matthews continues his goal scoring assault as he picked up his 14th goal of the season. For the 23 year-old pivot he extends his point streak to 14 games (14 goals and 6 assists), and has 21 points in 16 games.

“We had a lot of space last game flying through the neutral zone and today they did a much better job of clogging stuff up and making it difficult,” he said after the win. “In the first they did a good job, but we responded well in the second and third.”

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Feb 17, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) controls the puck against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Scores: Draisaitl scores twice for Oilers, McDavid records 500th point

Connor McDavid set up Jesse Puljujarvi in the first period and recorded his 500th point in 369 games. Leon Draisaitl would score goals 9 and 10 on the season with McDavid picking up point 501 with an assist on the game winner. The Oilers (10-8) defeated the Jets (9-6-1) 3-2.

“It’s a little milestone, I guess, a little thing along the way here, which is nice,” the Oilers superstar said. “To see and feel some of the reaction from my teammates and friends and family and stuff like that, it’s always special, so I really appreciate the support.”

NHL Scores: Jonathan Huberdeau dazzles in Panthers win, and more

The Panthers (10-2-2) took out the Hurricanes (10-3-1) 3-2 in OT but the story of the game was Jonathan Huberdeau. The 27 year-old winger picked up three points, including the game winner in OT. While goals are alway great, some times passes can be even more amazing. That was the case on Alex Wennberg’s third period tally.

“Being down 2-0, it’s a big response by us,” a modest Huberdeau said. “After the first period, we came back in the room, we didn’t panic. [Driedger] was good in the net. It’s a big team win.”

In other action the Blackhawks (9-5-4) blanked the Red Wings (4-11-3) by a score of 2-0. It was Kevin Lankinen first NHL shutout as the 25 year-old Finn has been a revelation for the Hawks this season.

Finally the Flames (8-7-1) dropped another contest to the Canucks (8-11-1) 5-1. After the game, Calgary coach Geoff Ward summed up the four straight losses to Vancouver eloquently.

“It’s time for us to start giving a shit about it.”

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