Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid put an exclamation mark on his momentous season on Saturday night when he recorded his 100th point in Game 53 of this coronavirus-shortened 56-game season.
He is the first to score 100 points in less than 56 games since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins did so in 1995-96.
McDavid did so with a four-point game against the Vancouver Canucks. This is his 33rd multi-point game of the season and the 20th time he has accumulated three or more points.
He wasted little time to get on the scoresheet, scoring a goal less than a minute into the game. McDavid then added assists on all three Oilers goals in the second period, including the main assist on Leon Draisaitl’s power-play goal in the dying minute of the second that earned McDavid the No.100 point this year.
The Hart Trophy leader has faced the same six Canadian teams all season, but the accomplishment remains notable.
The most points previously scored in a shortened season were Jagr and Eric Lindros (70) in the 48-game 1994-95 season and Martin St. Louis (60 in 48 games in 2012-13). These two seasons shortened by lockout were reserved parts of the conference.
“He’s been a horse for us for sure and that’s obviously a big reason why we’ve had success this season and obviously a special talent that continues to improve which is mind-blowing in itself,” said the goalie Mike Smith before the game.
McDavid is in his sixth season and it’s his fourth 100-point season. He was 97 points last season before the coronavirus pandemic prematurely ended the regular season in March.
“It has been a lot of fun to watch as a teammate. … It just shows the job he does, “defenseman Darnell Nurse said ahead of the game.” Every year he comes along and looks like a whole different animal and just adds on top of that that he’s already developed. “
McDavid said during that run he was more focused on the road to the Stanley Cup. He helped the Oilers secure a playoff berth.
“I don’t know why he will settle for 100,” Smith said. “There are higher goals he can achieve.”