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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Honestly, it’s impressive. I don’t think my English is good enough to find another word for it right now,” said Leon Draisaitl, whose second goal of the evening -- a patented McDavid-to-Draisaitl one-timer -- marked Connor McDavid’s 100th point in just 53 games this season. “Everyone, the 20 people who were in the building, were all counting.”

It is a crime that such a moment -- such a season -- could occur before section after section of empty chairs. You know the fans would have been counting, even if McDavid didn’t let on to being overly excited about this chase.

“I was trying not to think about it,” he said. “I was trying to get myself ready to go in the playoffs and keep my game where it needs to be. Obviously when you’re sitting around 96, 97, 98 points and you get to 99, it’s in the back of your mind. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long to get there.”

On a night when he needed four points to reach triple figures, McDavid crushed it before the second intermission -- a clinical, dominant and utterly breathtaking performance. This was a man that hasn’t met a challenge in this game that he hasn’t whipped, who had suddenly found a new one to tackle.

Like a math prodigy who stumbles upon some erotic new equation, or a virtuoso with a crazy hard piece of music, McDavid found himself four points away from 100 points with four games to play and a Saturday night game on the schedule.

Why not, he likely thought?

“It’s a thrill, and a memory,” said his head coach, Dave Tippett. “It solidifies that he is one of the top players to ever play the game. The level that he played at this year, what he’s accomplished, when you look at Wayne or Mario, it’s one of those years where he’s taken his talents to another level. It’s just elite.”

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ilovehomers's avatar

Having a hard time making a case for MVP thats not McDavid. Sure, Drai is 2nd in points, but he’s 21 points back.

Maybe if Chicago made the playoffs, you consider Kane.
Crosby led the pens to a division title, but he’s barely top 10 in points.

Tampa Bay - Vasi/Hedman?
Vegas - Fleury/Stone?

Those two feel more like “whole team” instead of pinpointing a person who really carried the team the whole year. I try to separate MVP and most outstanding player…but Connor has them both wrapped up imo.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/09/21 at 10:16 AM ET

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“I was trying not to think about it,” he said. “I was trying to get myself ready to go in the playoffs and keep my game where it needs to be.

the truly great ones are the most humble – orr, datsyuk, barry sanders, come to mind..

Posted by rickytarr on 05/09/21 at 11:42 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Fleury was quite unimpressive when he played in Pittsburgh, but has been playing freat in Vegas. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 05/09/21 at 04:49 PM ET

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Fleury was quite unimpressive when he played in Pittsburgh, but has been playing freat in Vegas. smile

Posted by bigfrog on 05/09/21 at 04:49 PM ET

Don’t know if you were trying to say, “Great,” or “Freak,” but either one works.  He’s so popular here in Vegas.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 05/09/21 at 08:56 PM ET

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He seemed very unsteady when he played in Pittsburgh. big surprise

Posted by bigfrog on 05/09/21 at 09:37 PM ET

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It’s refreshing to read through the comments and not see someone demanding that a certain player with very stylish facial hair who wears blue and white from the Centre of the Hockey Universe be awarded MVP status immediately and in perpetuity.

Posted by dwgs on 05/10/21 at 09:28 AM ET

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