Connor McDavid hits 100 points again, 40-goal plateau for first time

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Connor McDavid has exactly 100 more points than you.

Ahhhh, 101, actually. No, now it’s 102 — it may get to 150 before I finish writing this.

The Oilers captain, who should probably win the Hart Trophy but likely won’t win the Hart Trophy, hit the century mark in points for the second straight season on this delightful feed to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Tuesday.


 

He’s the sixth player in Oilers history — Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Mark Messier, and Glenn Anderson — to post at least two back-to-back 100-point campaigns, and the only Oiler besides The Great One to tally consecutive century-mark seasons before the age of 22 (and the eighth in league history to do so).

He also added his 40th goal of the season later in the frame to secure his first-career 40-goal campaign and put himself in a tie for fourth place in the Rocket Richard Trophy race — five behind Alex Ovechkin. McDavid picked up a second assist on Drake Caggiula’s marker before the frame was up, extending his lead in the Art Ross Trophy race over Nikita Kucherov even further.

McDavid has been absolutely scorching since the middle of January, scoring at a furious 1.58 point-per-game pace while notching 24 goals and 25 helpers in his last 31 games entering Tuesday and climbing from 10th to first in the NHL’s points race during that span.

What’s more impressive is No. 97’s offensive output without, essentially, any help from the power play. Only 17 of his 99 points coming into tonight were scored with the man advantage. The 21-year-old leads the NHL in even-strength points by over 20 and has the most points in a single season at 5-on-5 since Henrik Sedin in 2009-10.

Can’t win the Hart Trophy if your team doesn’t make the playoffs, you say? McDavid sees your argument against him for MVP and raises you a boatload of points.

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