Connor McDavid had two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers won their home opener at Rogers Place, 7-4 over the Calgary Flames.
With the score tied 3-3 in the second period, McDavid scored two goals 2:16 apart. The second one came on a penalty shot with 5:27 left in the period.
Patrick Maroon scored the historic first goal in Rogers Place, deflecting a Leon Draisaitl shot past Brian Elliott on the first shot of the game at 1:10 of the first period. Tyler Pitlick and Zack Kassian added goals in the opening stanza as the Oilers were up 3-1 after one.
Calgary pulled even with two shorthanded goals 2:25 apart midway through the second, setting the stage for McDavid’s heroics.
McDavid says it was a special night to be a part of.
“The anticipation for this game was huge,” said McDavid. “The fans were excited. All the greats were in the building. It was an exciting night for out whole organization and it was a good way to start (the season). I’m kind of happy it’s over, but I’ll definitely take a lot of good memories from tonight.”
McDavid added he’s happy it’s now over so they can focus on the rest of the season.
Oilers rookie Jesse Puljujarvi notched his first NHL goal nine minutes into the third. Dennis Wideman pulled the Flames back within two before Jordan Eberle sealed it with an empty netter.
Defenceman Brandon Davidson left the game in the second period with an injury and did not return.
Newly signed defenceman Kris Russell, who played for Calgary for the last three seasons, says it was a little different playing against his former team.
“You build relationships on any team you play with,” explained Russell. “But as soon as I got hit in the first, it turns your mindset a little bit.”
Russell had two assists in the game.
Cam Talbot made 37 saves as the Oilers were outshot 41-28.
The Oilers will visit the Flames on Friday. (jrw)