The Edmonton Oilers picked up where they left off after a five-day rest on Wednesday night. Zach Hyman in particular was visibly excited to be back in action and recorded his career-high triple-double in a 6-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Hyman is the fourth player this season to record more than one hat-trick, joining Auston Matthews, Frank Vatrano and Brayden Point. His debut came on November 11 against the Seattle Kraken.
Connor McDavid and Matthias Janmark each had three assists, and No. 97 passed Jari Kurri as the third-best passer in organization history. Stuart Skinner stopped 38 shots, and saw Jordan Staal foul his own shot at 7:05 of the third period.
The Oilers extended their winning streak to five straight and have not suffered a defeat since losing in Raleigh two weeks ago. So they found the Hurricanes again, but this time in Edmonton.
Ryan McLeod opened the scoring after just 27 seconds of play, and 13 seconds later, Connor McDavid passed the ball to Mattias Ekholm to make it 2-0 to a stunned Hurricanes. With the help of this goal, Yvan Bouchard extended his streak of games with at least one point to nine points.
In turn, Zach Hyman scored with a wonderful maneuver to make the score 3-0, before adding more after a beautiful game of tic-tac-toe with McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Also joining the team against his former team was Warren Foegele, who started his career with the Canes before being traded to the Oilers in the summer of 2021. He escaped before Antti Raanta was defeated.
Hyman finally completed his hat trick at 9:35 of the third period, notching his 15th goal of the season. It all started with a costly turnover by Michael Ponting at his blue line when McDavid stole the puck from him to pass a gift to a teammate.
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