WINNIPEG — Connor McDavid got his third hat trick of the season for the Edmonton Oilers, who passed the Winnipeg Jets for second place in the Scotia North Division with a 6-1 win at Bell MTS Place on Monday.
McDavid, who also had an assist, leads the NHL with 81 points (28 goals, 53 assists) in 46 games this season.
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist, and Mike Smith made 36 saves for Edmonton (28-16-2), which has won three of its past four games and leads Winnipeg by one point with two games in hand.
Mark Scheifele scored for Winnipeg (27-18-3), which has lost four in a row. Connor Hellebuyck allowed six goals on 23 shots before being replaced at the start of the third period by Laurent Brossoit, who made seven saves.
Alex Chiasson gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 16:22 of the first period before McDavid chipped in the rebound of Tyson Barrie‘s initial shot to make it 2-0 at 18:31
McDavid then extended the lead to 3-0 at 3:35 of the second period when he faked a slap shot and beat Hellebuyck five-hole.
Draisaitl pushed it to 4-0 at 11:40 of the second with a one-timer on a 2-on-1 with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The goal was Draisaitl’s 488th NHL point, passing Marco Sturm for the most by a German-born player in NHL history.
Darnell Nurse made it 5-0 at 13:18. The goal was his 14th this season, which ties Jakob Chychrun of the Arizona Coyotes for the most in the League among defensemen.
Scheifele scored a power-play goal to make it 5-1 at 15:06 of the second
McDavid completed the hat trick on a breakaway at 16:30 for the 6-1 final.