Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid scored his weekly absurd, no-one-else-could-have-done-this goal on Saturday.
With just under 14 minutes remaining in the second period and the Oilers were on the power play, McDavid took the puck near his own net with every single player on the ice between him and the Toronto Maple Leafs net, except for his own goalie.
And just waltzed up the ice and scored like it was nothing.
McDavid spun around Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman exiting his own zone but still had three men to beat. He avoided a poke check from defenseman Justin Holl and split defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Mitchell Marner before beating goalie Frederik Andersen high on the stick side.
The entire sequence took less than seven seconds.
“He’s a special player and when he gets that time and space, he’s very dangerous and honestly that’s one you shrug off and you say, ‘he’s a great player,'” Holl said.
“That’s just what he does. He’s been doing it since he came in the league, it’s incredible,” Oilers defenseman Tyson Barrie said. “I think that’s the second time he’s done something like that already [this season], if not more. It’s just something he does, it’s pretty impressive.”
Oh, by the way, McDavid also had the game-winner in overtime.
“What impresses you the most about Connor when he does that is at the speed he carries the puck,” Oilers coach Dave Tippett said. “There are a lot of fast players, but to do it carrying the puck and have control of the puck, that’s what makes him so dangerous. He’s coming as fast or faster than anyone in the league and I would dare to say he’s the fastest guy by a wide margin carrying the puck and it’s hard to defend.”
– NHL.com Independent Correspondent Derek Van Diest contributed to this report.