McDavid wins first Battle of Alberta

Connor McDavid carried the Oilers in their 5-2 win against the Flames on Saturday night.

It’s no secret, the Edmonton Oilers schedule to start this season has been an extremely difficult one. Facing extremely high-powered defensive minded, playoff caliber teams: ( St. Louis, Nashville and Dallas). As a result, Edmonton carried an 0-4 record into the Scotiabank Saddledome Saturday.

What a time for Connor McDavid to have his breakout NHL game. In his first his taste of the “Battle of Alberta,”  The full skill-set of McDavid was on display. He was all over the ice; scoring two goals and adding an assist, in a 5-2 victory over the rival Flames’.

“Best game yet, I think, from Connor,” McLellan said. “He made an impact throughout the night. Had an impact on the score sheet, probably could’ve had more of an impact there even with some of the chances he had. I thought he finally let himself go and gave himself permission. Sometimes you have to do that to get after it. You don’t have to, as a young player, give way to the veterans all the time. You’re allowed to go out and take charge, and I thought he did that tonight.”

This was the first time all the number 1 picks were on the same page. It was a true treat to witness. Especially since it came in front of a national audience on Hockey Night in Canada. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring. Taylor Hall collected three points, (1-2), Yakupov likes playing with McDavid.(1-1). McDavid Lead the charge with three points, (2-1) not a bad hockey night debut.

The Edmonton Oilers beat The Calgary Flames For the first time in eight tries with this explosion of offense.

 

Now, the challenge becomes harnessing this momentum to take on the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night.