VANCOUVER — Auston Matthews is great, but Connor McDavid is better. Just ask the Vancouver Canucks.
After getting bullied by Matthews on Saturday, what was left of the Canucks was exploited on Monday by McDavid, who seems in a hurry to get to an historic 100 points in the National Hockey League’s pandemic season.
The Edmonton Oilers superstar, who started 13 points shy of an unthinkable century with seven of 56 games to go, popped up only when it mattered with two goals and two assists in a 5-3 victory over the exhausted Canucks.
McDavid’s ability to flex and generate goals felt like piling on after Canucks coach Travis Green conceded Monday morning that the mysterious injury to Elias Pettersson has left Vancouver without a game-breaker.
Matthews, who might have been chasing 50 goals in the abbreviated season had he not played a bunch of games with a wrist injury – and missed four games entirely – snatched two goals in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 5-1 win on Saturday.
“I thought we played a very strong two periods and a game-breaker gets two goals, and you miss that,” Green told reporters when asked for a Matthews-Pettersson comparison. “It’s not an excuse but I’m not going to sit here and say we don’t miss that in our lineup. They’re difference-makers, they create chances, they alleviate pressure easily, not just in the offensive zone but in your own zone. But we can’t…