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Connor McDavid’s treble leads Edmonton Oilers over Flames – Edmonton | The Canadian News

Connor McDavid posted his 10th career hat trick in the regular season to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night at Rogers Place.

It was a lively first period, with several big hits and scrums. Offense was provided by former Flame Derek Ryan, who scored his first goal as an oiler. At the end of the first, McDavid fired a shot that passed Jacob Markstrom for a power play score and a 2-0 lead at Edmonton.

“I don’t think we get enough excitement in the game,” Oilers head coach Dave Tippett said. “A little excitement, a little heart, Saturday night, a couple of rivals … what’s wrong with that?”

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On the power play again at the start of the second, McDavid hit home a single timer to make it 3-0.

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“If you watch the replay, it was kind of fluffy,” Draisaitl joked about McDavid’s single take.

“I think he rolled a little bit, but it was a good pass from (Darnell Nurse) and I tried to hit him good wood,” McDavid said.

“I’ve probably never scored a goal from there like that, just a direct goal like that, but I definitely worked on that and it was a good pass from Doc and I just tried to get there.”

Andrew Mangiapane bounced behind Mike Smith to put the Flames on the board just before the game’s midpoint.

The flames edged closer to a goal thanks to a power punch from Elias Lindholm in the fifth minute of the third. Jesse Puljujarvi provided a quick response, beating the Markstrom’s blocker 26 seconds later. Puljujarvi set McDavid for an empty net with 1:37 left.

“His confidence comes more and more. it’s fun to be a part of. It’s fun to play with, ”Draisaitl said of Puljujarvi.

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The flames outscored the greasers 47-33. Smith made 45 saves for the victory. Leon Draisaitl had three assists. Puljujarvi had one goal and two assists.

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The Oilers, 2-0, host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

With files from Brenden Escott from 630 CHED

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