Sidney Crosby’s milestone night, other takeaways from a busy NHL Saturday

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Connor McDavid (97)
Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97). Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

Connor McDavid does Connor McDavid things

We are running out of superlatives to describe what Connor McDavid can do on the ice, I mean he’s a human cheat code and it is almost unfair the kind of things he pulls off on a nightly basis. That was none more evident than on Saturday night.

On a night where the Oilers produced a huge, huge win to thrash the Calgary Flames 7-1 in a mouthwatering Battle of Alberta showdown, McDavid took center stage with a performance for the absolute ages.

He recorded a natural hat trick, which would be an incredible night for any other player, but McDavid had to take it that one step further by also tallying two assists for a five-point night. I mean, this guy is just insane and there is no other way to put it.

And, of course, there was the marquee highlight-reel play we’ve all come to expect from Connor McDavid and it came in the second period when the center stole the puck in the neutral zone before skating in and then and firing just a ridiculous no-look shot past Jacob Markstrom. I mean, it was just insane and we shouldn’t be surprised that McDavid leads the NHL in points with 37 (12 G, 25 A) in just 20 games. Just incredible.

It probably wasn’t the goal of the night due to what Nathan MacKinnon did at Lake Tahoe, but it was just yet another crazy play by Connor McDavid to add to his lofty collection, and it is looking like he (and Leon Draisaitl) will drag this Edmonton Oilers team to the postseason.