Connor McDavid named NHL First Star of the month for March

Connor McDavid (Brian Murphy, All-Pro Reels/Wikimedia Commons)

Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario was named the National Hockey League First Star for the month for March on Tuesday. In 15 games, McDavid led the NHL in assists (24), points (31), power play points (10), and power-play assists (eight).

McDavid also had seven goals, a +12 plus/minus ratio, two game-winning goals, 51 shots on goal, 20 hits, 14 blocked shots, and 76 faceoff wins. McDavid’s game-winning goals came on March 10 in a 4-0 Oilers win over the Pittsburgh Penguins and on March 30 in a 6-1 Oilers win over the Anaheim Ducks. In the Oilers win over the Penguins, McDavid scored an unassisted goal at 1:08 of the first period, and in the Oilers win over the Ducks, McDavid scored from Zach Hyman of Toronto, Ontario at 14:15 of the first period.

In 11 of the 15 games McDavid played, he had a multi-point game. McDavid’s most notable performance was a four assist game on March 21 in an 8-3 Oilers win over the Buffalo Sabres.

This season, McDavid has 29 goals and 97 assists for 126 points. He is a +32 with 30 penalty minutes, 42 power-play points, one shorthanded point, five game-winning goals, 238 shots on goal, 416 faceoff wins, 37 blocked shots, 112 hits, 64 takeaways and 75 giveaways. McDavid’s 97 assists lead the NHL and is a career high. McDavid also has a career high in plus/minus and hits.

The Oilers are in second place in the Pacific Division with a record of 45 wins, 23 regulation losses and five losses in extra time for 95 points. They are five points back of the first place Vancouver Canucks with two games in hand.



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