The Edmonton Oilers boarded their plane on a Newark tarmac Saturday afternoon in first place in the National League. A perfect 5-0 record was packed underneath, the NHL’s two leading point-getters and its leading goal scorer sitting pretty up top.
Yep, that’s the Oilers we’re talking about, tearing through New York like the Joker while Batman’s on vacation.
Edmonton set a National Hockey League record by becoming the first team to go 5-0 to start off the season after trailing in every single game. Meanwhile James Neal — who leads the NHL with seven goals and was robbed of his eighth by the great Henrik Lundqvist’s glove on Saturday — notched a new team record with his hot start, no easy feat on a franchise that used to score 400 goals in a season, stocking the Hockey Hall of Fame with eight players in all.
It marks the first time in team history that Edmonton ran the table on a three-game trip through New York and New Jersey, beating the Islanders, Devils and in a high-paced Saturday matinee, the Rangers by a convincing 4-1 score.
It’s crazy, that this team is setting these records. Particularly if you’ve watched them bumble through these last couple seasons, when two of these three games would have surely gotten away from them.