Just like Gretzky decades ago, Oilers’ McDavid causing nightmares for Flames

EDMONTON — This Connor McDavid fella is becoming a bit of a problem for the Calgary Flames.

Talk all you want about Evander Kane’s hat trick, Leon Draisaitl’s four assists, the need for better goaltending, or the Flames’ desire to play more 5-on-5 against the Edmonton Oilers.

But if the Flames don’t find a better way to contain the world’s best player, this series will be over much sooner than anyone thought possible.

He hasn’t just taken over this series.

He is this series.

Three assists in Sunday’s 4-1 win gave No. 97 nine points in the opening three games of a Western Conference semifinal his Oilers now lead 2-1, picking up momentum with every shift he takes.

Maybe there is something to this MVP chant Edmonton fans opened the night with, for eastern viewers to hear.

For the first, and probably only, time this series, the 6 p.m. MT start time was reasonable enough for Toronto residents to see that while Auston Matthews was the NHL’s best goal scorer this season, the world’s best player is still McDavid.

And he’s getting even better, more dominant.

This is no secret to the handful of veteran media types who’ve covered McDavid and several other Oilers greats.

But even they speak of how he’s taken his act to a new level of late, spearheading a playoff performance that saw him become the first player in NHL history to get multiple points in…

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