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NHL: 6 assists evening for Connor McDavid who surpasses the 600 career mark

NHL: 6 assists evening for Connor McDavid who surpasses the 600 career mark

Connor McDavid reached the 600-assist mark for his career thanks to a six-assist night in the Edmonton Oilers' 8-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

The Oilers captain now has 603 assists, his record since the start of his career. He crossed the 600 plateau in his 616th match, making him the fourth fastest player in history in this regard. Obviously, Wayne Gretzky comes in first with 416 games played, followed by Mario Lemieux with 514 games played, and Bobby Orr comes in third with 608 games to record 600 assists.

With six more points under his belt, McDavid has 77 points in 47 games since the start of the season. He became the fifth Oilers player to record six assists, after Gretzky (4 times), Paul Coffey, Mark Messier and teammate Leon Draisaitl. McDavid also had at least three points in a game for the 115th time in his career. This is a pinnacle in the Alberta club's history, tied with Messier.

Draisaitl also started the game well with his 25th goal of the season.

McDavid then took off with passes on net from Cody Ceci and Evan Bouchard.

The game was 3-3 after 40 minutes of play when the Oilers scored five goals in the third period and McDavid assisted on four of those goals.

Dylan Holloway, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Evander Kane all benefited from the work of their teammates. In this final net, McDavid was stunning with a pass by pivoting to join Kane in the slot and all he had to do was redirect into an open cage.

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Nugent-Hopkins scored his team's final goal and was the last player to receive a deduction from his team's captain for a goal in this encounter.

With this result, the Oilers achieved their eighth consecutive victory at home. This is the second such sequence for Team Alberta this season.

For the Wings, David Perron, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat each finished with a goal and an assist.

Phil Huso left the game in the first half due to a lower body injury. Only one goal was allowed. In relief, Alex Leon allowed seven goals on 29 shots.

For Edmonton, Stuart Skinner made 35 saves in the win.