Connor McDavid delivered his fifth career hat trick and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored two goals as the visiting Edmonton Oilers cruised to a 6-2 victory Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks.
Leon Draisaitl had four assists as the Oilers won their third consecutive road game following a four-game road losing streak. Zack Kassian added a goal for Edmonton.
Rickard Rakell and Max Jones scored goals for the Ducks, who lost their third consecutive home game after opening the season 6-1-0 in their own building. The Ducks are 2-2-1 on a season-long seven-game homestand.
Nugent-Hopkins scored the first of two Oilers’ short-side goals in the first period when he picked up a loose puck behind the Ducks’ goal, brought it out front and shot it just inside the right post less than two minutes into the game.
Rakell got the Ducks even at 1-1 when he slid a shot past goalie Mikko Koskinen at 3:24 of the opening period. It was his fifth of the season.
McDavid put Edmonton in front for good at 10:40 of the first period when he took a puck at center ice and moved in for a low shot inside the left post that got past the skate of Anaheim goalie John Gibson.
McDavid has a point in eight of his past nine games, while also passing the 400-point mark in his career.
Nugent-Hopkins added a second goal on the power play at 7:45 of the second period, while Kassian scored less than three minutes later. It was the third of the season for Nugent-Hopkins, while Kassian scored his fifth as the Oilers took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.
McDavid scored twice in the third period, including one on a bit of fancy stick work with less than 13 minutes remaining when he lifted a point-blank shot over Gibson’s right shoulder. McDavid has 11 goals while also recording the 20th multi-goal game of his career.
Draisaitl extended his point streak to nine games. He assisted on all three McDavid goals and Nugent-Hopkins’ second score.
The Ducks were without defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
—Field Level Media