If scoring a natural hat trick is just part of your great night, you’ve had an incredible night.If an amazing feat by Auston Matthews can’t knock you off your throne, you are probably Connor McDavid

McDavid collected those three goals plus two assists to score a five-point performance against the helpless Flames

Remarkably, Connor McDavid finished his goal less than in the middle of the second half. By then, the Oilers generated a 5-1 lead that would eventually expand to 7-1 if the Flames had managed to beat Mikko Koskinen more often (Koskinen would have deserved a mention with 43 saves) would McDavid have scored more goals?

It’s not like McDavid was overly compassionate, especially against rivals like the Flames, but this isn’t the first night he’d have been smart to take it easy after an early blowout on Jan 31, McDavid scored five points against the Senators – and stopped scoring a little more than halfway through the game.These times, McDavid can just do what he wants.He now has an absurd 37 points in just 20 games, which makes 100 seem plausible

In addition to McDavid and Koskinen, other Oilers deserve mentions here on a star-studded Saturday night in the NHL At that rate, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could price his way out of Edmonton (2G, 1A; 18 points this season)

If you need an alternate highlight of the night for Saturday in the NHL, McDavid has an option:

Speaking of unlikely runs in a shortened NHL season, Auston Matthews finished Saturday with 18 goals (and 29 points) in 18 games, scoring 50 goals in that shortened season seems ridiculous, but Matthews gives himself a chance

For the second straight game, Matthews has penned a two-goal, two-assist performance at some point, Matthews is likely to see a drop in his shooting percentage (now 24 percent), but it hasn’t exactly shown signs of cooling anytime soon, a milestone for Matthews in his first 300 games:

Auston Matthews now tops the list of most points in the first 300 NHL games when he debuts for the #Leafs picTwittercom / 4smL8PUF9m

Mitch Marner (or Mitchell Marner if you’re not into all of that brevity) also demands credit, the talented playmaker finished the night just behind Matthews (three points) and just ahead of Matthews for the season in points (30) after he had scored one goal and two assists on Saturday

The hockey world is a better place now as these two line up unless you are their opponent

Fiala failed to score a single point in the first four games of the season He was also suspended in early 2020-21 Not good

But Fiala has been heating up for a while in his best performance this young season, Fiala scored two goals (including the game winner) and one assist. These three points bring Fiala to six goals and one assist for seven points in his last seven games

Fiala, Kirill Kaprizov and the stingy defense of the Wild could make Minnesota an annoying game this season

For those wondering why Nathan MacKinnon didn’t get the three stars, well here he gets his own department

OK, that’s not entirely true.This section is for those who are wondering how that weird but beautiful Lake Tahoe game played out between Avalanche and Golden Knights Well, the first and second goals fell nine hours per roll , and Nathan MacKinnon was unstoppable whenever they could play. This was especially true for the second and third night periods

Together with two assists, MacKinnon scored this goal, the climax of Saturday night in the NHL:

Ultimately, MacKinnon made all the difference when the Avalanche beat the Golden Knights at Lake Tahoe 3-2 Read more about it here (There are beautiful pictures)

Bruins-Flyers pre-game stream coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here

Enjoy this ode to Sidney Crosby’s 1000 Play with the likes of Alex Ovechkin Penguin players grieving Sidney over his superstitions are good things to learn more about Crosby at 1000 games can be found here

Sabers 3, Devils 2
Rangers 4, capitals 1
Red Wings 2, Panther 1
Penguins 3, islanders 2
Predators 4, Blue Jackets 2
Sharks 5, blues 4
Kings 4, Coyotes 2
Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 3
Hurricanes 4, lightning 0
Wild 5, ducks 1
Oiler 7, flames 1
Avalanche 3, Golden Knights 2

James O’Brien writes for Pro Hockey Talk at NBC Sports Email him at phtblog @ nbcsportscom or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins


World News – CA – Saturday in the NHL: Big Night for McDavid, Matthews, MacKinnon, Crosby

Source: https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2021/02/21/saturday-in-nhl-big-night-for-mcdavid-matthews-mackinnon-crosby/