National Hockey League
Edmonton 3, Winnipeg 2
When: 10:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
Referees: Michael Markovic, Brad Meier
Linesmen: David Brisebois, Michel Cormier
Attendance: N/A

Connor McDavid logged his 500th point in his 369th NHL game to help the host Edmonton Oilers earn a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.

Thanks to a first-period assist, McDavid tied the mark for the eighth-fewest games needed to reach the milestone, joining such legends as the Oilers' Wayne Gretzky (234 games) and the Pittsburgh Penguins' Mario Lemieux (287). McDavid pulled level with the Penguins' Sidney Crosby (also 369), with no other active players above them on the list.

McDavid added another assist in the second period.

Leon Draisaitl scored twice for the Oilers and Jesse Puljujarvi added a goal in the win, which was also Dave Tippett's 600th NHL coaching victory. Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists.

Mark Scheifele and Neal Pionk scored for the Jets while Josh Morrisey collected two assists.

Puljujarvi and Draisaitl logged their goals 21 seconds apart, scoring on the Oilers' first two shots of the game. Edmonton goalie Mike Smith started the initial scoring play, sending a breakout pass up the ice, and Puljujarvi finished a give-and-go with McDavid at the 3:45 mark of the first period.

Draisaitl got his first past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck at 4:06, taking a neutral-zone feed from Tyler Ennis and wiring a wrist shot into the net.

The Jets got on the scoreboard with 54 seconds left in the opening period. With Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse in the penalty box, Scheifele took a cross-ice pass from Kyle Connor and fired it through Smith's legs.

Midway through the second, Smith made a big save on center Paul Stastny to preserve Edmonton's 2-1 lead.

Draisaitl's second of the night gave the Oilers a little insurance heading into the third period. On a power play, the Oilers forward jumped on a juicy rebound off a Nugent-Hopkins shot, settled the bouncing puck and wristed a snapshot into the top of the net at 16:45.

The Jets came within one at 1:28 of the third when Pionk stepped into a slapshot at the point and blasted the puck past Smith.

Smith withstood the Jets through the rest of the third, and he finished with 33 saves. Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Winnipeg   Edmonton
Josh Morrissey 2 Points Leon Draisaitl 2
Neal Pionk 1 Goals Leon Draisaitl 2
Josh Morrissey 2 Assists Connor McDavid 2
Mark Scheifele 1 Power Play Goals Leon Draisaitl 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Connor Hellebuyck .900 Save Percentage Mike Smith .943
Connor Hellebuyck 27 Saves Mike Smith 33
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 35 2 1-5 5-6 12 26
Edmonton 30 3 1-6 4-5 20 32
Upcoming Games
  • Edmonton will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Oilers have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .750 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game on the road against Vancouver. The Jets have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .833 after a loss.