NHL Scores: McDavid and Draisaitl each post four point games; Jack Campbell wins 10th straight; and more

Apr 7, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97-center of back row) celebrates with team his goal scored in the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers centers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had themselves an offensive party. Head Coach Dave Tippett opted to put them on a line together last night and they beat the Ottawa Senators by a 4-2 score.

Draisaitl nets hat trick with help from McDavid in Oilers victory

It’s just not fair. That’s what the Senators have to be thinking after watching two players on one line hand them a loss. Regardless of the standings; Ottawa comes to compete every night as they build towards a brighter future. Meanwhile, Edmonton is basking in the glow of its two biggest stars.

Leon Draisiatl notched a hat trick and picked up an assist on Connor McDavid’s tally for a four point night. The runaway favorite for the Art Ross Trophy as league’s highest scorer; McDavid picked up all the helpers on Draisaitl’s trick as well. The two have terrorized the North Division and have 68 (McDavid) and 61 (Draisaitl) points on the season.

“There are some great goal-scorers around the League. He’s right up at the top, probably, two, I think.” McDavid said of Draisaitl. “I think [Alex] Ovechkin and him are two of the most deadly shooters we have around the League.”

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Jack Campbell feels the love of teammates after another win

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Apr 7, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner (16) congratulates goaltender Jack Campbell (36) on setting a franchise record with 10 straight wins after a win against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ho-hum; another Maple Leafs win.

The Leafs knocked off the hurting Habs by a 3-2 score with Auston Matthews scoring his league leading 28th goal of the year. There is a really good story coming out of Ontario and that’s the play of goaltender Jack Campbell who has found a home and good friends in Toronto.

Known around hockey circles as a really good guy; Campbell made 32 saves and picked up a franchise record 10 straight wins. His teammates absolutely love him. After the game cameras caught Mitch Marner joyously count on his hands up to 10 to recognize the achievement. It left Campbell pretty speechless.

“It’s pretty awesome – loss of words right now,” he said after a brief pause. “There’s not a day I don’t thank the Lord for putting me in Toronto with these amazing guys.”

Blues scratch Hoffman but get big win versus Golden Knights; Wild end Avalanche streak

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Apr 7, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) defends against a shot by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) during the third period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Blues game last night news that they scratched Mike Hoffman and Robert Bortuzzo hit the wire. The NHL trade deadline is just 5 days away and last night the Islanders acquired Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the Devils. This will likely get the trade ball rolling and Mike Hoffman could be the next to go.

St. Louis picked up a big win versus Vegas with Jordan Binnington putting on a show in net. The young goalie who already has a Stanley Cup on his resume has struggled this season. His 50 save performance last night may be just what he needs to propel himself and team back into the playoff race. The 3-1 win now has the Blues three points back of the Coyotes. Arizona lost to the L.A. Kings 4-3 which allowed St. Louis to close the gap.

Finally, the Minnesota Wild did just that as they went wild over the Avalanche by an 8-3 score. Kevin Fiala’s hat-trick (12,13,14) along with rookie senstaion Kirill Kaprizov’s two goal and 1 assist performance ended the Avs point streak at 15.

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