Connor McDavid exploded for a hat trick and two assists in the first 29 minutes of play when the Edmonton Oilers routed the Calgary Flames 7-1 Saturday night at Rogers Place

“We got some results but the growth is picking up We need to keep climbing the ladder here,” said Oilers Trainer Dave Tippett

Sam Bennett received an early interference penalty for meeting Slater Koekkoek in the neutral zone. Alex Chiasson scored in the following power game, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored 2:11 later

McDavid Backed Both Goals Andrew Mangiapane threw a puck on a Flames power play, but McDavid responded with a distraction to a man advantage late in the first game

McDavid scored a no-look shot early in the second, then stepped forward and grabbed one from Jacob Markstrom to complete the natural hat trick

“We got off to a good start and then we got into a minor penalty and they started to take over the game, but that’s the hallmark of a good power game – feeling those moments and when you get the chance to change the game , take advantage, “said McDavid

Markstrom was drawn after scoring five goals in 15 shots. Nugent-Hopkins conceded the Oilers’ third power play goal of the night and scored the 6-1 after two

McDavid has nine NHL hat tricks, eight in the regular season and one in the playoffs. Mikko Koskinen scored 43 saves for his seventh win of the season

“Sometimes you almost forget how impressive he is and then he has a night like this and he’s on another level,” Nugent-Hopkins said of McDavid. “From the start you could only see it in his eyes, the way he played – he was just solid for us and solid on the defensive too. He accelerated the pace for us and the rest of us followed us ”

“You have some nights when the puck comes in just for you and you don’t feel so good, and you have nights when you feel great and just can’t,” said McDavid,

“All five (defenders) appear when Koeks goes down It’s not easy, “said McDavid Darnell Nurse, leading all skaters with 32:52 Ice Age

“Nursie is an amazing athlete,” said Tippett. “He did some work on his legs and I said,” Make sure there are 30 (minutes) left tonight “”

“That’s the beauty of this year. Every game is important and it’s a big test every night. We enjoy it,” said Koskinen

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