McDavid’s career-best single-game point total leads Oilers past Avalanche

TODAY Sports GDB 21.0 An Avalanche of Success

TODAY Sports GDB 21.0 An Avalanche of Success

"We Just go about our business, every day we try and get better and try and help the team win every night and tonight we had to step up".

Kassian marveled about what he's witnessing from McDavid and Draisaitl.

The tone of this game was set early on with a big hit by Zack Kassian.

Colorado got one back with under four minutes left in the second when Burakovsky scored off a rebound for his second of the game.

The Edmonton Oilers just can't stop scoring - or winning. While battling traffic in front of his crease, Mike Smith let in the opening goal, on Andre Burakovsky's shot from the slot, set up by Nazim Kadri.

James Neal (18) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) of the Edmonton Oilers celebrate McDavid's goal against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

After a two-goal game on Sunday against the Ducks in Anaheim, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins got the ball rolling on a nice set up from McDavid. Some nights, you have the bounces with you, and some nights, it's on the other side.

And Tyson Jost's tripping penalty was the spark that lit the fuse.

Thursday marked another game where McDavid was at his best.

"You have nights where you feel good and not so good".

"We talked about it before the game, that we've got to be hard on those top-six (forwards) on the other team, and I think we showed too much respect or whatever", Burakovsky said. Avs ahead Matt Calvert dropped gloves with Kassian to even the rating seconds later with each gamers handed 5-minute main preventing penalties.

McDavid now has 14 goals and 37 points on the season, putting him third in the goal-scoring race and second in points behind teammate Leon Draisaitl, who has five points of his own and now 41 on the year.

Draisaitl had five assists for the first regular season five-point game of his career.

McDavid would add to the lead a few minutes later, on another power play marker.

In 21 games this year, Nugent-Hopkins has five goals and 15 points and is on pace for his second-consecutive 50-plus point season after he put up 69 points in 2018-19. 5, Edmonton, McDavid 13 (Draisaitl, Klefbom), 15:51 (pp).

McDavid completed the hat trick early in the second, and again it was on the power play.

Colorado's change in web to Andre Bibeau, remembered from the AHL-Eagles on Wednesday, did little to halt the onslaught. It was the first power play goal not scored by McDavid, though he was in on it.

Oilers: Host the Dallas Stars on Saturday. Although the veteran Swedish defenceman had three assists, he knew he didn't really deserve the headwear this time.

"I've been around them for a while now, but every day, they still seem to surprise you with what they can do out on the ice".

The Oilers scoring frenzy was fueled by McDavid (three), Nugent-Hopkins (two) and Kassian.

Draisaitl's five points bring him to a total of 41 points on the season, keeping him ahead in the National Hockey League scoring lead - for now.