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Holy Hell Connor McDavid Is Fast

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Q: How do you defend Connor McDavid one-on-one?

A: You don’t.

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“The last time I saw a guy go faster than the whole league,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said earlier this month, “was Bobby Orr, and I was nine years old.”

That setup didn’t lead to a goal, but the Oilers did beat Arizona 3-2, ending one of the stranger streaks in hockey: This was Edmonton’s first regulation win over the Coyotes in 26 games.

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This game had a little bit of everything, including a pair of fights in the third.

With the win, the Oilers are tied atop the Pacific (though San Jose has two games in hand), leading to the very valid question: Is it that three first overall draft picks aren’t quite enough to get good, but four are, or is it that the fourth was Connor McDavid? I have my suspicions.

Deputy editor | Deadspin

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