McDavid has five points, Oilers score seven in win against Flames


EDMONTON — Connor McDavid scored a natural hat trick and had five points, and the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Calgary Flames 7-1 at Rogers Place on Saturday to sweep a back-to-back, home-and-home set.

It was the second time this season McDavid had five points in a game. He had a goal and four assists in an 8-5 win against the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 31. McDavid has six five-point games and one six-point game in his NHL career, and nine hat tricks, including one in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two goals and an assist, Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl each had two assists, and Mikko Koskinen made 43 saves for Edmonton (12-8-0), which has won six of seven. 

Andrew Mangiapane scored for Calgary (8-9-1). Jacob Markstrom gave up five goals on 15 shots and was replaced by David Rittich at 8:12 of the second period after McDavid’s third goal. Rittich made seven saves. 

Alex Chiasson scored on the power play at 3:29 of the first period, re-directing a pass from McDavid to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead. 

McDavid set up Nugent-Hopkins at 5:41 for a 2-0 lead. 

Mangiapane scored on a scramble in front on the power play at 7:54 to make it 2-1. The Oilers used a coach’s challenge for goaltender interference, but the goal stood after a video review. 

McDavid scored on the power play at 17:11, tipping in a shot from Tyson Barrie to extend the lead to 3-1. 

McDavid scored 1:06 into the second period off a rush down the right side for a 4-1 lead, and completed the hat trick at 8:12 to make it 5-1. 

Nugent-Hopkins made it 6-1 on the power play at 12:38, and Josh Archibald scored 36 seconds into the third period for the 7-1 final. 

Oilers defenseman Slater Koekkoek sustained an upper-body injury 14 seconds into the first period.

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