Reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid led the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-4 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, and he set an incredible record in the process.
McDavid scored or assisted on Edmonton's first nine goals to start the 2018-19 season. That breaks the record that was previously held by Adam Oates, who contributed to the first seven goals of the Detroit Red Wings' 1986-87 season.
The Oilers seemed down and out of it when the Jets took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission. But No. 97 rallied his crew and set up Ty Rattie's first goal of the season, just 18 seconds into the third period. The Oiler captain replied just over two minutes later t o cut the lead down to 4-3. That made it eight straight Oiler goals that he contributed to.
And with just 6:21 left, McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins set up Jesse Puljujarvi's game-tying goal. Now McDavid had surpassed Oates' previous record by two. Not bad at all.
Blueliner Darnell Nurse scored the game-winner in overtime, this time without an assist from McDavid. So it was a great victory all-around in Edmonton; a big comeback win on the road, and two points for the Oiler captain.
McDavid is further cementing himself as the best hockey player on the planet. With limited talent around him, he's already won two scoring titles, one Hart Trophy and is breaking records three weeks into the season. It's absolutely remarkable what we're witnessing from No. 97.
The Oilers looked sloppy in their first two games and dropped to 0-2-0 on the season. But McDavid rallied them to a big road win vs. the New York Rangers on Saturday, and Tuesday's victory brings Edmonton back to .500.
But if the Oilers are to get back into the postseason, McDavid's teammates are going to have to provide him more support. It's good on him to set personal records, but it also reflects the lack of support he's getting.