Connor McDavid becomes the fourth active NHL player to score 60 goals in a season
For the second straight season, the NHL’s 60-goal club welcomes a new member.
With a two-goal game, including the winner in overtime, against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night, Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid officially hit the mark. Here’s a look at the historic goal, which netted a 4-3 win:
McDavid, 26, got the no. 60 in his 72n/a game. That eclipses Toronto’s Auston Matthews’ 60 goals in 73 games last season to make McDavid the fastest 60-year-old this century – and the fastest since Mario Lemieux turned 60 in 62.n/a game in 1995-96. McDavid joins Matthews (2021-22), Steven Stamkos (2011-12) and Alex Ovechkin (2007-08) as the only NHL players to score 60 during the salary cap era, and McDavid is the 22n/a member of the 60 total goals club.
With 10 games to play, McDavid is on pace with 68 goals. That would give him the highest single-season total since Lemieux’s 69 in 1995-96. The awards follow one another in McDavid’s historic season. His 138 points have already beaten Nikita Kucherov’s 2018-19 total of 10 for the most in the Cape era. McDavid leads the Art Ross race by 28 points and is poised for the widest margin of victory in 36 years. He is on track to become the only player other than Lemieux and Gretzky to top 155 points in a season. McDavid is one lock to win his sixth scoring title, which will tie Lemieux and Gordie Howe for the second most in NHL history.
Midway through McDavid’s historic night, the Oilers further cemented their position in the Western Conference playoff race with a fifth straight win. With a record of 41-23-8 and 90 points, they sit third in the Pacific Division, five points ahead of the Seattle Kraken, who have two games in hand. If the playoffs started today, Edmonton would meet the Los Angeles Kings in a first-round rematch from last year.