Connor McDavid did his usual thing, and the Edmonton Oilers won a dramatic comeback win over the New York Rangers on Friday night.
The Oilers fell behind 4-1 in second period. However, they rallied in overtime and won the game 6-5. Edmonton scored three goals in regulation's final frame -- McDavid's incredible stickwork was one of them. His incredible goal tied the game at 5 and gave his team the momentum to win.
Zach Hyman, Zach's teammate, weighed in after the game. Hyman stated, "The bench went insane." It was quite special to score a goal at that moment in the game. He can only make such a play. It was just Connor being Connor. It is my favorite goal.
Edmonton's latest win continues their exceptional start to the 2021 season. Let's look at the numbers that backed Friday's win and the hot start to the year.
9-1: The Oilers are now 9-1 through ten games. This is a record for the Oilers in team history. This is the Western Conference's best record, with 18 points tied for the most franchise history in the first ten games.
3: The Oilers came back from three down Friday and it was a long time since they were in such a tight spot. This was their biggest comeback win since February 23rd, when they beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-0. The Oilers are now the second team to overcome 3 goals to win this season. The feat was achieved by the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 14.
4: Leon Draisaitl scored the game-winning goal in overtime. This was his fourth goal of the season. He joins Reggie Leach (81-82) as the second expansion era player to score four goals in his 10 first games of the season.
McDavid scored the amazing goal that tied the game in third period. McDavid also has the number 4. This goal was the highlight of the evening in hockey and a candidate for goal-of-the-year.
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20: McDavid, Draisaitl both finished the season with two assists and a goal. They will be reaching the 20 point threshold in 2021. They join Wayne Gretzky (30), and Jari Kurri (23) as the only Oilers teammates to score 20 points in the first 10 games of a season.
10: McDavid's season-opening streak of points to 10 games was extended by McDavid, making him the third player in team history to have a streak of double-digit points from the beginning of a season. Wayne Gretzky and Sam Gagner both did it three times.