Connor McDavid Opens 2017-18 Season With a Hat-Trick

Connor McDavid picked up right where he left off from his Art Ross season, capping off a win against the Calgary Flames with a hat-trick. 

Connor McFranchise gave Edmonton Oilers fans plenty of reason to celebrate, leading his team to a 3-0 victory, their first win of the season (and at home), and Cam Talbot’s first shutout.

From the get-go the NHL‘s youngest captain left a blazing trail behind him as he nearly scored on his first shift with a burst of speed through Calgary’s defense. Credit to Calgary’s new netminder in Mike Smith, who stopped 42 of 44 shots in the game, but couldn’t suppress the NHL’s reigning Art Ross holder — twice.

Each goal more perfect than the last.

Travis Hamonic — the former Islander — had absolutely no chance in catching up to the league’s fastest skater, as McDavid put the Oilers up by two in the third.

But with the net empty and after a couple of awkward fumbles, Oilers faithful blew the roof off of Rogers Place as the hat-trick goal slithered into the net.


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Matt Di Giacomo

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Spent 3 1/2 years at West Chester University, now concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more.

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