Connor McDavid registered the 500th career point of his NHL career on Wednesday night. He picked up an assist on a goal by Jesse Puljujarvi just 3:45 into Edmonton’s 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets. He got point No. 501 with a power-play helper on a goal by Leon Draisaitl.
He needed just 369 games to achieve the milestone, which ties him with Sidney Crosby for the eighth-fewest matches to reach that mark in NHL history. Only Wayne Gretzky (234), Mario Lemieux (287), Peter Stastny (322), Mike Bossy (349), Eric Lindros (352), Jari Kurri (356) and Bryan Trottier (362) got to 500 points faster. That is some legendary company for McDavid and Crosby, who were the only active players among that Hall of Fame cast.
McDavid is the 18th NHL player to score 500 points in fewer than 400 games and the 21st NHL player to reach 500 points before his 25th birthday.
He leads the league with 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in 18 games this season. McDavid has been producing at an incredible rate in 2020-21, while currently averaging personal bests in assists per game and points per game.
FLORIDA 4 CAROLINA 3 (OT)
Florida moved into first place in the Central Division on Wednesday night with the team’s 10th win in 14 games. The Panthers own a 10-2-2 record this season following wins in each of the past two matches.
Jordan Staal and Sebastian Aho gave Carolina a 2-0 lead with goals 22 seconds apart late in the first period.
Jonathan Huberdeau took over the contest afterward with two goals, including the overtime winner, and one assist. He made a great spin move before setting up Alexander Wennberg and scored the winner in high-light reel fashion on a breakaway.
Juho Lammikko’s first career NHL goal gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead in the third period, but Vincent Trocheck’s seventh marker of the year shortly later during a Carolina power play sent the game to extra time.
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OTTAWA 1 TORONTO 2
The Leafs and Senators met for the second time of a three-game set on Wednesday. This match was far less eventful than Monday’s comeback win for Ottawa, but it was an important for Toronto’s perspective to get back in the win column.
Auston Matthews opened the scoring with his league-leading 14th goal of the season. He is currently riding an 11-game point streak and he has picked up 12 goals and four assists during that stretch.
Brady Tkachuk evened the score at 1-1 late in the second period with the 100th point of his career.
Alexander Kerfoot got the game-winning goal just past the midway mark of the third period.
Frederik Andersen turned aside 27 of 28 shots for his league-leading 10th win of the season.
Matt Murray, who returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury, stopped 26 of 28 shots in the loss.
CHICAGO 2 DETROIT 0
The Blackhawks have 22 points in the Central Division, which ties the team with Florida, but Chicago has played in four more games. The team has a mark of 9-5-4 on the year thanks to three straight victories.
Kevin Lankinen earned his first NHL shutout with a 29-save effort on Wednesday night. He also picked up the secondary assist on Philipp Kurashev’s power-play game winner for his second point of the season.
Kurashev’s fifth goal of the season was scored on a great individual effort after he took a feed from Duncan Keith at center ice.
Jonathan Bernier blocked 24 of 25 shots in the match, but came away with the loss.
VANCOUVER 5 CALGARY 1
The Canucks wrapped up a four-game series against the Flames on Wednesday night. The two teams traded wins, but Vancouver picked up five points in the standings to Calgary’s four thanks to an overtime loss to Monday.
Brock Boeser led the way with a three-point performance on Wednesday. He had one goal and two assists in the contest.
Jordie Benn got his first goal of 2020-21 just 1:46 into the game to open the scoring.
Nate Schmidt gave the Canucks a 4-1 lead late in the second period shortly after Miller scored.
Andrew Mangiapane had the lone goal for the Flames 15 seconds before Miller’s fourth goal of the year.
Braden Holtby kicked out 35 of 36 shots for his first win since Jan. 28.
WINNIPEG 2 EDMONTON 3
The Jets ended the Oilers’ three-game win streak on Monday, but Edmonton bounced back with a victory on Wednesday night.
Connor McDavid collected two assists in the contest to give him 501 career points in the NHL.
Draisaitl scored twice in the match to give 10 goals in 18 games.
Mark Scheifele got the Jets on the board with a power-play goal in the final minute of the first frame.
Neal Pionk had Winnipeg’s other tally in the contest early in the third period, but that was as close as they would get.