Rookie sensation Connor McDavid collected two goals and three assists in the Oilers’ 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday. It was McDavid’s first career game versus the team that the Richmond Hill, Ontario native grew up idolizing.
Linemate Jordan Eberle collected his first career hat trick while also assisting on both McDavid’s goals. The line of McDavid, Eberle and Benoit Pouliot registered 13 points.
McDavid’s first goal came just 3:29 into the game as he sped down the middle of the ice behind Roman Polak for a partial breakaway, finishinig with a deke on Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier.
Following assists on a pair of Eberle goals in the second period, McDavid found the back of the net once again in the final frame, wiring a shot past Bernier from the slot area.
With Bernier on the bench and the Leafs trailing 4-2 in the closing moments of regulation, McDavid unselfishly passed off to Eberle for the opportunity to finish the hat trick.
“He’s definitely a special player,” Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner said of McDavid, speaking to the media. “You just watch the stuff he can do – the little things – most players don’t see. Obviously he was in on all five goals tonight and he’s definitely a guy everyone’s going to have to be aware of.”
Gardiner, and Josh Leivo, had Toronto’s goals.